How to Hide a Kitchen Trash Can: Trash Can Storage Ideas

If you’re like me, you probably don’t want your trash can to be the focal point of your kitchen. Depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, there are lots of ways to hide that eye sore from view. You could put your kitchen trash can under the sink, in a cabinet or use a decorative container that blends in with the rest of your decor. If you’re looking for garbage can storage you are in luck. Here I will discuss 10 of the best ways to hide your kitchen trash can.

Before figuring out ways to hide your trash can it’s important to figure out what size kitchen trash can you are trying to keep from view.

Standard Kitchen Trash Can Size

A majority of the garbage you and your family produce will be thrown out in the kitchen trash can. Because you will be using the kitchen trash can most often, your kitchen trash can should be the largest trash can in your house. Average kitchen trash cans typically range from 10 to 20 gallons. For a household of two to three people, it’s best to get a trash can on the smaller side of the range to make it easier to hide. Families of four or more people should get a larger trash can. Remember, the smaller the kitchen trash the less of an eyesore it is and the easier it is to hide.

Hide Kitchen Trash Can Under Sink Ideas

Tilt out Under Sink Trash Can

I love this under sink tilt out trash can is a great way to maximize the space under your sink and make it more usable. These pull out double tilt out trash cans are also large enough to serve a larger family without having to take out the trash constantly. This is a fantastic option to hide your plastic trash cans while also keeping them near the sink.

Trash Can with extra Storage

Like the tilt out trash can this is a great way to hide your kitchen garbage cans without sacrificing valuable storage space. These kitchen garbage cans have a nice shelf on top to allow for additional storage. The downside of these kitchen trash cans is that they may not be suitable for larger families as they are on the smaller size.

In Cabinet Trash Can Storage

Recycling Center and Kitchen Trash

Pull out trash can cabinet.  Tilt out garbage cabinet
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This is another great way to hide your trash can. This would be an excellent choice if you are an avid recycler (like myself) or if you compost your kitchen waste. You could use two sections for trash if you don’t compost. Another great thing about this trash can idea is that it uses the standard 13 gallon kitchen trash bags so it is suitable for larger families. 

Hanging Kitchen Trash Can

This is a great option if you have limited cabinet space as it hides your kitchen trash can and it uses cabinet space that is typically left unused. It is also a great way to keep your kitchen trash can out of reach of small children. Hanging kitchen trash cans are also very easy to install and come in a variety of sizes and styles. Hanging trash cans are typically very small so are not well suited for larger families. I think these would be a better option to used as bathroom trash cans.

DIY Trash Can Cabinet

Are you already tapped out on cabinet space but are still looking for ways to hide your kitchen garbage can. If you are handy and have some basic woodworking skills this might be the option for you. This is a great kitchen trash can storage idea can and add tons of extra storage to your kitchen. The best thing about this option is that it can be customized to fit the size and style of your kitchen. This one is stained with a lovely gray wood stain. If you decide to go this route check out my gray wood stain and white wood stain reviews here to help select a wood stain that fits with your existing home decor.

Corner Cabinet Hidden Trash Can

This corner cabinet kitchen trash can idea is a fantastic use of another space that is frequently under used in kitchens. This trash can cabinet also includes space for a recycling bin or it can be used as a second trash can. This trash can cabinet also uses a standard 13 gallon trash bag so it’s certainly big enough for large famalies.

Standard In Cabinet Trash Can Storage  

This is the most common way to keep your kitchen trash can from view and it’s also the easiest, just install a pullout for this pull out double trash can and you are ready to go. Most lower cabinets have space that’s just big enough for a medium sized trash can, so all you have to do is find one that fits snugly into that space. 

Other Ways to Hide a Kitchen Garbage Can

Using a large Wicker Basket

This is a great kitchen trash can cover. It does the job of covering your trash can without using up valuable cabinet space. My one concern with this way to hide a kitchen trash can is that the bottom of the basket would have to be periodically cleaned and that may be a tough task to accomplish.

Hide the Kitchen Garbage Can Between Appliances

cute trash can pull out idea way to hide a kitchen trash can
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This rolling trash can is an excellent way to hide your trash bag without sacrificing cabinet space. This could also be an easy DIY project. I think the challenging part is finding a trash can narrow enough to fit between your appliances.

Don’t Hide Your Garbage Can

A cute trash can idea. way to hide a kitchen trash can.
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If you can’t afford to lose valuable cabinet space or you don’t like the idea of a garbage can in one of your kitchen cabinets and trash can covers aren’t for everyone. Why not keep your garbage bin in plain sight? This cute trash can made from stainless steel was designed to be seen not hidden with its sleek design and variety of colors you will certainly find one that fits in with your kitchen decor.


Whatever your reason for wanting to hide your kitchen trash can, there are plenty of ways to do it (or not do it). Hiding a kitchen trash can is easy and with a little bit of creativity, you can find a way that works best for you and your family. Thanks for reading! I hope this gives you some good ideas.

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