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Painter's tape and twine

I got these nice trash cans for my trash and recycling and I quickly realized that when you pull the drawer to discard trash you’d have a piece of trash in the other hand. You’d have to let put of the drawer and open the lid — not really super functional.

IKEA SEKTION kitchen - recycling drawer closed

I took matters into my own hands and crafted this little fix with some twine and painter’s tape. Painter’s tape comes off with no sticky residue (or very little).

I secured the twine to the lid and to the bottom of the above drawer with the tape.

Tape detail on lid

Tape detail on cabinet

The hardest part is getting the length of twine right. Mine is about 8 inches long (12 if you count the taped part and the leftover bits). Depending on where you bins are placed (more forward or back) this dimension might need to be adjusted.

A touchless trash can with this one quick fix

A touchless trash can with this one quick fix

A touchless trash can with this one quick fix

A touchless trash can with this one quick fix

Once you have it together, pull and watch the magic happen. See it in action in the video below.

 

~ by John


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