Home Life Blog: How To Easily Install Shelf Liner

October 17, 2013

How To Easily Install Shelf Liner

Awhile back I cleaned out the bottom of my sink. (You can see that post here.)  I was so pleased with the results, I decided to tackle another under the sink challenge....under the guest bathroom sink!  I think it's about time to make the guest bathroom inviting to our guests. =) 

This project might take a while and all I've done so far is install the shelf liner for the bottom of the cabinet, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to show you my easy step by step on installing shelf liner.  

First thing's first, clean out the cabinet.  This means taking everything out, sweeping the bottom of the cabinet and cleaning it with a damp towel or wipe. 

Next, measure the cabinet with your shelf liner by unrolling it from side to side.  Make a fold to mark where you should cut it once it hits the length of the cabinet.  Most shelf liners have grids on the back, but in case yours doesn't, I would make that fold all the way across so you can cut in a strait line. 

After you've cut the length, it's time to cut some more.  I find it very difficult when I'm putting in shelf liner and have to lift off the back little by little.  It gets in my way, especially if you are doing a long cabinet.   What I like to do instead is separate the back from the shelf liner and cut in between them and on the line.  I do this several times so I can have sections I can just peel off. 

And this is how it looks when it's all done!

I kinda messed up at this part.  I usually don't cut the first piece as wide as above.  I usually make it about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches so it can be easier to work with when I start sticking it on.  

After I get it aligned with the ends of my cabinet, I start peeling the rest of the backs one by one and working all the bubbles out with my hand. 

And this is how it should look like when it's done!  See now nice and even it looks?

If you have a cabinet that is longer than the height of your shelf liner, then you will have to do the following steps.  If you don't and your liner fits perfectly, then you are all done! =)


To cover the back evenly, turn your shelf liner over to measure how much you need to cut.  Make a mark on the line that will overlap the two pieces.  I would also cut the strip a little longer than the width of the cabinet so you can evenly align it to the picture when you place it on.

It will make it look seamless which also looks pretty!  You will follow the same steps as above to install this little strip.

When you are done, you will have a beautiful shelf lined cabinet like the one above!  Now it's time to sort through all the stuff, find some organizing items to help control the clutter and place everything back!  I'm still looking for items to help me with this small space, but once I find some, I'll post an update. 

What do you think about this method of installing shelf liner?  Let me know in the comments below! 

1 comment:

  1. Genius! Thanks for the tip. I have been putting off lining my kitchen cabinets because I'm a perfectionist and it's difficult.


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