The $1 Fix That Makes Your Bulky Kitchen Counter Appliances Light as Air.

Move your heavy small appliances around your kitchen with the touch of a finger with this $1 fix.  My family has been doing this for years.

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I told you about the week long deep dive I did into organizing my house a while ago.  I went through every crammed closet and cupboard in an attempt to make my life easier.  The goal was to make my things easier to get to and store them in a place that was logical. For instance, after serious contemplation I decided that keeping hundreds of flower vases instead of coats in my coat closet wasn’t a logical use of space.  For one thing they slip off the hangers.

This whirlwind of organizing led me to finally be able to consolidate all my small kitchen appliances in one space.  Things like my sous vide machine, stand mixer, Cuisinart and deep fryer were scattered throughout the lower floor of the house in any space they would fit.  And yes. One of those things was in my coat closet.

My newly organized dining room cupboard.

 

Now all my kitchen appliances are in the kitchen. Which, I have to be honest with you, feels a bit weird to me, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

An entire lower cupboard is now dedicated to these things. The only problem is they’re heavy and I don’t have those cupboard inserts that let you pull the shelves out like drawers. I want them and I think you can still get them for my Martha Stewart cabinets (from Home Depot). I’ve just never got around to getting them.

 

So I did the next best thing.  I spent $1 on felt pads.

Yup. A $1 felt pad.

Felt pads on the bottom of small appliances makes them slip out of cupboards easily instead of either sticking or bump, bump, bumping along.

Like this …

 


 

It’s also a great solution for the bottom of your coffee maker if you have to slide it across the counter to fill it up. Any small appliance that is heavy and hard to move. In fact if you have a small child that’s difficult to move you can cover them with felt pads and just push them around the house.  A small harness around their belly that’s attached to your leg and you can smoothly drag them wherever you go.  Practical and fun!  

Felt pads. They aren’t just for chairs anymore.

The other thing I did to make pulling small appliances out of my cupboard easier is, I added another piece of wood (particleboard actually) to the bottom of my cupboard.  This raises up the bottom of the cupboard slightly.  There’s a lip you see and it stops you from being able to drag anything on the bottom shelf easily.

 

Another reason to put felt on the bottom of your small appliances, is because without them the rubber feet on the appliances  can mark your counters and cupboards when you drag and push them.

The white pads I’m using here aren’t my favourite but I have a ton of them. They’re from Ikea. The best ones I’ve ever bought are from Dollarama because they’re thick, stiff and sticky.  We’re all thinking the same joke here, so I’ll just leave it at that.  

Speaking of sticky: The reason the nubs on the bottom of small appliances are rubber to to stop them from skating across your countertop. This is especially true for stand mixers and food processors. So DON’T leave them unattended on the counter when they have felt pads on them or they could skitter right off the counter.

Everyone in my family does this little $1 felt trick with their appliances, especially things on the counter so since you’re like family I thought you should know about it too.

Also when I was out shopping with Betty the other day she screamed at me and told me I absolutely HAD to do a post about putting felt on everything. She stamped her foot and everything.  She was positively maniacal about it.

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48 Comments

  1. Marna says:

    Great idea! Funny post too! 🙂

  2. Carrie Krumrie says:

    I loved your felt pad idea!!! Then, I went to the Christmas Pledge!!!
    I was totally unaware of a Christmas Pledge!!! But I am taking it!!!
    I have this artificial deadline of Halloween; to have things purchased and wrapped!!! I do not always have everything done by then; but I love to choose a hot day in summer and make cookie dough! Then, freeze it in cottage cheese containers for Christmas!!
    I put the tree up prior to Thanksgiving; as everyone is busy the rest of the time!!
    Again, I love the pledge!!!
    Carrie
    PS
    Love Rough Linen
    Have aqua summer set and napkins to match!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carrie! The Christmas Pledge is really helpful!! I can’t believe you make cookie dough in the summer. That’s extra pro active! My goal this year was to have everyone’s presents bought by the end of the summer, but I keep giving them to them on their birthdays, lol. ~ karen!

  3. Janet says:

    You have such great ideas! But that cupboard….beautiful!

  4. Carrie Kelley says:

    Since my mixer lives on counter, I put a thin plastic cutting board under it…I can just slide the whole thing when I need it!

  5. Susan Schneider says:

    Brilliant! Thank you, Karen!

  6. Uncle Bill says:

    I use Shoe Goo to reattach felt pads to bottoms of wooden stool legs, wooden rocking chair rails, etc. Works great… but don’t use it on plastics, per package instructions.

    • for chairs & stools, we use the pads that have little nails that you tap onto the bottom of the furniture legs. They stay on better and nothing in our house is heirloom quality anyway.

  7. Lianne says:

    Karen – I’m kinda shocked you haven’t made yourself pull-outs. I’ve done it for all my lower cupboards. Build a box and attach drawer slides. Seems such a Karen thing. And yes to the felt feet- I”ll have to look for the dollar store ones. The ones I use last a year or so before they need to be replaced.

  8. Jessie says:

    But do you know about the cord keepers!? (https://amzn.to/2XyTlCU) I have one stuck to my mixer and my food processor to keep that cord wrapped up!

    I might have learned that from you… If so, you’re a genius.

  9. Gill says:

    Loving your sense of humour and your ideas.
    Now I just need felt pads for my feet and I can pretend to skate around my house! X

  10. vicki says:

    I am so glad I found you and started following. This hack is genius.

  11. Cussot says:

    Have you ever used those furniture glider things? Do they work?

    • Karen says:

      I have used them! And honestly for big furniture I find sticking towels under the legs works better for sliding them around on hardwood. But the gliders would probably work great on carpets. ~ karen!

      • Stephanie says:

        Ha! Great minds Karen. I use facecloths or towels to move large furniture around too – folded in half or in fours – put under dresser legs (or what-have-you) and off my furniture goes – don’t even have to empty the drawers. Excellent when you can’t get your kid to help you and you’re on your own to move something.

  12. Nicole says:

    Do you think they would melt if I used them on the toaster oven? I’m constantly moving that thing to clean up crumbs.

  13. dirk says:

    I felt good about this!

  14. Kate says:

    Love this. Just about everything in my house that can be felted is. Except for the husband, He is heavy to move, so now I’m considering it.

    My other lifesaver is Quake Gel, aka Museum Gel. It’s that clear, sticky gel that’s used to attach product samples to magazine pages, and in museums, breakable objects to display shelves. It sticks like nobody’s business and releases cleanly. I have breakable objects I’m very fond of and cats. And husband. Righteous stuff. ‘Nuff said.

  15. Jacquie Gariano says:

    Great idea, as usual. It reminded me of my two large leather couches that I drag around to move them when I clean or rearrange for Christmas. Off to Walmart to get felt pads. LOL
    Thanks, as always for great tips and laughs.

  16. Susan says:

    Your tips are great and your humour is a delight. Happy Canada Day!

  17. Lynn says:

    Ahhh yes felt pads fantastic little things that are so multi purpose it’s not funny. Have used them for years on just about everything. Love them they make life sooo much easier.

  18. Another Stephenie says:

    When I saw the last picture, I automatically thought, “oh, that’s marbleized!” not..rubber foot drag marks!

  19. Stephanie says:

    Another great idea, but that’s what we all come here for. But, am I really the first going to ask – why the hammer with your canned tomato sauces – is it in case you can’t easily open in a tomato sauce emergency: “use hammer”? On another note, can you come do my home now please? I keep renovating and all my tools are scattered over four floors and my garage. I need help – or a pink tool belt.

    • Karen says:

      The hammer, lolol! Yes, well, you see I like to have a hammer upstairs as well as downstairs in my workshop. But it’s too big for my hardware cabinet drawers so I put it there where it’s easy to get to. ~ karen!

  20. Christina Blanchard says:

    Love the idea… but I’m still starring at that closet. Never thought I could be in love with a closet, but here I stand.

  21. Sabina says:

    I also put felt pads on the bottom corners of all of the picture frames I have on my walls. No scuffs and it helps keep them from slanting.

  22. Grammy says:

    I use the thick felt pads under my huge, heavy buffet/china cabinet — so it slides away from the wall easily when I want to clean behind it or (more likely) just re-arrange furniture. Big, heavy sofa, desks, all the heavy furniture is easy to move on the hardwood floor.

  23. David Acker says:

    Get some of this Gorilla Grip Original Drawer and Shelf Liner and put a sheet under your kitchen device with the felt pads and no more “skittering”. https://amzn.to/2Fzy0Pz

  24. Julia says:

    I think you’ll find that if you put felt pads on the bottom of Betty’s feet then she will be a lot easier to handle as well.

  25. Suel says:

    Hello Karen!

    I’m with you there about the felt pads. I also use them on the backs of framed artwork and pictures. On another note, I’ve found an ancient four drawer card catalog that reminds me of your kitchen hardware cabinet (the mini-me version). I have four large ones under my retro 50’s diner table in the dining room too.

  26. Martina says:

    I put felt pads under the t.v. so it can be turned to whichever direction I need it. Now, if we could just get stand mixers to be a bit lighter without lowering the quality of the product.

    • Karen says:

      I remember having a small television in my bedroom when I was young and putting it on a small lazy susan to be able to turn it. Pretty much thought it was the coolest thing ever. EVER. ~ karen!

  27. Muff Hackett says:

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only ‘felt foot fiend’ in the crowd. My husband teases me about my obsession with them, but really – they make moving so many things easier and quieter.

  28. Mary W says:

    Why didn’t I think of it for my HEAVY mixer? Weird about those simple things – we think you are a genius for the simplest things – thank you!

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