Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Trash can with class

The trash can is probably listed among the least favorite topics but would be considered one of the top three things in the kitchen. It’s the place where all empty food containers are tossed, along with everything else in the kitchen that needs to be disposed of or recycled. It is also the least liked item in the kitchen, one that we would prefer hidden when company comes. Choosing the right trash can is not as simple as it sounds since there are several things to consider.

  • Do you have a large family?
  • Do you want it under the sink or kitchen island?
  • What size trash can do you need?
  • Will there be one or two?
  • Do you want to recycle?

These are important questions to answer and will help the designer know how to incorporate your trash needs into the design. The location and size of your trash play an important part in the function of your space. We will share a few ways to make it easier for you to handle those everyday messes along with a few other benefits.

Trash can location 

More and more people like the idea of hiding their trash can but the question is where? The most popular choice is by far near the sink. Since the sink is where most things are prepared for cooking it makes sense that this would be a great choice. Whether it is washing vegetables or rinsing the meat before seasoning, the sink is where it all starts. By having your trash can conveniently stored in a pull-out cabinet you can avoid running back and forth with the garbage and eliminate a dripping mess on the floor. Custom cabinetry allows you to create a pullout that is just right for the size trash can you choose. 

Trash can size

The size of the trash can depends often on the number of people living in the home. If there are just the two of you then there may not be a need for a large 16-gallon trash can but if you are a family of five then bigger is definitely better. Another factor is how often you will be in the kitchen cooking. If you tend to eat out a lot then you may be able to downsize as well. It is always a good thing to discuss with your designer since they have many years of experience helping clients find the right fit for their lifestyle.

Trash can and recycling

This is becoming a popular word and function in many homes today. There are a lot of people who would like to recycle but it is not always as easy to do. Having a pullout, however, with room for two trash cans makes it much easier and lessens the trip to the dump. Rev a shelf offers great options when it comes to recycling making it easier to keep everything separate like paper, glass, and plastic. Having another can for compost is another good option since it allows you to throw leftovers away easily without contaminating the regular trash with the smells that happen over time. We all know that recycling has a myriad of benefits for the planet and by incorporating these items into your design you will make it easier to take part. Read more of the benefits here.

One trash can or two?

Many homeowners are also realizing the benefits of having two or more trash cans. Sometimes one is not enough and it pays to have designed trash cans for specific tasks. By having two it can reduce the amount of trips to the dump. See one of our projects where the owner chose to include two trash cans.

Get rid of the trash can

Little things matter to us, details are important which is why we take the time to talk about all the items on your list in a design meeting. This is your home and every aspect of its function is our top priority. We want to make sure that this space is exactly what you needed and fits your unique lifestyle perfectly. We invite you to visit our showroom where we have displays for you to tour and ask questions. With 20 years of experience and completed projects in over 16 counties, we are ready and able to help you achieve the space you need.