Tip-out trays are typically located under the counter near the sink area. These storage areas are aptly named because they do not open by pulling them all the way out like drawers, but instead by tipping them out. This exposes the metal or plastic storage tray that is attached to the handled portion. Trays like these can either be connected, having more than one tray open with one pull, or by having completely separate trays so only one is open at a time. These trays can be used for smaller items such as sponges, small trinkets, or frequently used tools. While these trays are used near sinks, they can really be utilized anywhere you have space. What are some advantages to these trays?

Great Storage

As stated earlier, these trays can be typically seen by sinks. So, the trays can keep the counter area cleaner by visually removing the sponges, cleaning brushes, and scrubbers from your guests’ view. One potential drawback is if the cleaning products are stored directly after use. This can cause debris and cleaner to build up within the trays. Then you will just need to wipe out the trays to keep them clean.  Also, the trays are typically installed in underutilized space, or areas where there isn’t any room to install anything large.

Multiple Use

Another great plus for tip-out trays is that they can be used for a variety of small to medium items. So, you can put tools in them, potentially you can put small make-up items in them, or anything else you can think of. The idea is to consider what items you might need to keep handy or close by. Again, this also goes back to de-cluttering the counter space. You can consider what items might be better kept out of sight.


The tip-out trays are functional décor. You can choose the hardware to match your other cabinets, or if you would like to set them apart, you can choose different hardware to alert you to which area has the tip-out trays. The choice is yours. Another use for the tip out trays (which could utilize the different hardware) would be to alert your small children to what cabinet space they can freely access (without safety locks). This can hold small snacks or toys for them to grab after school or during any free time that they can choose their own activities.