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Published on January 26th, 2017 | by Contributor


Stack your trash: A vertical space-saver for trash recycling

BISSA shoe cabinet turned vertical space saving trash recycling bin

Why let trash take up floor space? Stack ‘em up with this super easy IKEA hack. All you need is a BISSA shoe rack in 2 or 3 compartments, depending on your needs. The VARIERA recycling bins are a great fit for this cabinet. Your trash recycling bin will look neat and compact.


  • BISSA shoe cabinet
  • VARIERA recycling bin
  • Straight brackets
  • Screws

Just build a BISSA shoe cabinet (2 or 3 compartment) without the internal wooden plates (used to keep the shoes in place).

Build the BISSA shoe cabinet

Get some straight metal brackets like the ones in the picture. Set the brackets, with the outer corners at about 9.5 – 10cm from both edges of the internal compartment of the BISSA. The VARIERA trash bins will hang onto these brackets.


Set the brackets 10cm from the edge

Bend the brackets to around 15° (do not over bend the brackets as it might cause the trash can to hit against the back brace of the BISSA cabinet).

Bend the brackets to 15 degrees

Use the screws provided with the BISSA to fix the brackets, with the bent tip facing upwards. The screws are the right length not to go through the wood.

Attach the brackets VARIERA trash bin slides out easily

Then *FIX THE BISSA CABINET TO THE WALL* and once that’s done, you have a practical trash container that can slide in and out of the former shoe cabinet.

BISSA shoe cabinet turned vertical space saving trash recycling bin

~ by Sirio

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6 Responses to Stack your trash: A vertical space-saver for trash recycling

  1. luk says:

    I just built this. Thank you very much for the idea. It works well when the bins are inside, without them the doors come open on their own, but that’s okay. I guess you could screw one of the provided boards in to give it a counterweight.

  2. dionisis84 says:

    Great hack! Would a second trash bin fit in the second (lower) drawer?

  3. Sirio says:

    Hi. I used the 22 Liters.
    I saw on the IKEA U.S. website it’s listed as 6 gallons.
    The code is 302.046.23

  4. MusicInMe MusicInMe says:

    This is great! Finally no more ugly bin!

  5. Beth C. says:

    Did you use the 14 gallon Variera bin or the 10? I might try this myself!

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