I know that wire shelves are cheap and light compared to other shelving materials, and this is probably why RV manufactures use them. But for something that is in motion almost daily, things get knocked around. This is especially the case when they don’t have a firm bottom surface, and a way to keep them upright if the drawer isn’t full. Our particular wire baskets also have a wide U shape so things would be tippy even with a solid bottom. I will also admit to being super sensitive to noises, so hearing items fall over and swim around a cabinet isn’t going to last long.
One of the projects we did was to try and resolve this issue without ripping out the current configuration. We initially thought about plexiglass but found it rather heavy (and rather expensive). Additionally, it would require a tool to cut it. In Home Depot right next to the plexiglass was a sheet of polypropylene which was sturdy, light, cheap and could be cut with a box cutter. Perfect!
We cut it down so it fit the bottom of the wire basket snugly, and then used small bungee cords to have the ability to partition off the space when it wasn’t full. Perfect looking? Not so much, but we are hoping it cuts down on the noise & frustration. It also looks like it could catch smaller messes that we can wipe up, instead of it going all of the way to the bottom of the cabinet.
Next up is to try & find uniform spice jars that will fit snugly into a wire basket – a girl’s gotta have her spices!