Ekby Bjarnum

Published on August 15th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Undersink Rubbish bin-like hanger thingy

Materials: EKBY BJÄRNUM shelf brackets, VÄRDE knobs x4

Description: This is a pretty simple hack that I did so I could hang shopping bags to use for rubbish under my kitchen sink. The brackets were mounted onto the inside of the cabinet door upside down. This is important because there are two threaded holes on each bracket that are designed to hold the shelf tight. These holes are used for the four knobs that stick out of the top and hold the bag in place. When the knobs are in place (they should fit the threads) place a shopping bag on it and voilà! a place for your rubbish without taking up space or getting lost inside the cabinet.

(As you can see from the extra holes in the cabinet door, I had to experiment to get the distance correct.) Of course on the opposite cabinet door I have the RATIONELL VARIERA Plastic bag dispenser. So easy.

~ Xan Cassiel, Minneapolis, MN

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19 Responses to Undersink Rubbish bin-like hanger thingy

  1. Ginnybear says:

    I’m not sure how I missed it but what kind of a bracket is this “thingy” upcycled from. I don’t recognize it at all.

  2. Ben W Sikora says:

    I am interested in ordering your:



  3. Anonymous says:

    This would be great for a small bathroom too! In fact I may well try this for our teeny bathroom.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Are you back in the country to measure it? I’m curious, too.

  5. honeycomb frog says:

    haha, i love the title of this post.

  6. xan says:

    I have to measure it, but I am out of the country for a couple of weeks. Check the post again around the 1st week of Sept and see if I remembered to measure it.

  7. Steve says:

    Great Hack!
    Since you experimented to find the correct spacing – what was the end result? How much space is between the brackets?

  8. Henna @ AboutDivorce Blog says:

    this is something really cool and great, no one wants to mess around with trash and its a great way to handle trash without actually touching it

  9. pegling says:

    I love it! I’ve had the over the door hanging things and hate that you can see the hanger when you close the door. This solves the problem and gives me something to use up those plastic bags I get when I forget to bring my own.

  10. xan says:

    Thanks for the comments. In response: Hollow outside – good. Much easier to clean. The thing from spacesavers is a cage. I didn´t want something that was solid, I wanted something to hang. It takes up less space. There are things on the bottom shelf of the cabinet that I don´t have to move when using a bag. The over the door hook thing won´t allow me to close the door. And wet trash usually isn´t a problem. You would be surprised how strong a shopping bag is. Though sometimes they do have holes. I find the bags fill up fast. I live in apartment building with an old fashioned rubbish chute and find these bags perfect. Tools required: a screwdriver.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I appreciate the creativity. However, I would probably only want to use this for dry garbage and that’s hard to control, if there is something to throw trash out to, it might be hard to train people to only throw some types in. I would prefer an outside container to back up in case of bag failures with wet garbage. maybe this can be used to suspend a small bin.

  12. kayce. says:

    i have an even easier (albeit non-IKEA) hack for this… i use one of those $2 over-the-door plastic hooks, and i hang it on the cabinet to hold my plastic trash bag.

  13. DJinny says:

    Cute! especially if you have the tools on hand, stuff that you don’t use already @ home…!

    The name is soooo cute and funny!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I like a lot of your ideas but I think this one is a solution in search of a problem.
    There are dozens of cabinet trash bag holders for $5-8. Personally I prefer the ones with a built in flip lid because it keeps odors in better.
    For example. $12.

    • Jennybear says:

      While i would like to agree with your comment, I have been looking to replace some of the cabinet trash bag holders I’ve had in the past and even on AMAZON they don’t have what I want and the GoogleSearch brings up Pinterest posts which leads to another pinterest post ad nauseum. Not what I’m looking for. This is sturdy and holds the bag acceptingly open for whoever might need to throw something away. Would be nice if the lid could be hacked into the bargain but beggars can’t always be choosers.

    • Ginnybear says:

      The example you gave goes to a trash bag size bin. I am looking for a smaller version of this that holds plastic grocery bags that almost everyone usually have a billion of.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s brilliant that you put the “hollow” part of the bracket facing the outside to keep it from getting yucky from garbage.

    Great hack! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Personal says:

    Exciting Blog, Very Informative.

    Keep Up The Good Work!

    Best Regards,



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