How to Build Under-Cabinet Drawers & Increase Kitchen Storage

Get more kitchen storage in one weekend

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Miter saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Self-centering drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Table saw

You can use a keyhole saw instead of a reciprocating saw and a circular saw instead of a table saw.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • One 4' x 8' sheet of 1/4“ birch plywood
  • One 2' x 4' sheet of 1/2“ birch plywood
  • 12' of 1x4 pine
  • 6' of 1x6 maple
  • 3 pairs of drawer slides
  • Drawer pulls
  • wood glue
  • stain
  • polyurethane
  • 1-1/4“ brads or nails, 1“ and 1-5/8“ screws.

Here's what we used to build drawers to fit under three 24-in.-wide cabinets. Your quantities may differ.