This is a sub heading text.
Sign up today for FREE and become part of
The Family Handyman community of DIYers.
Log in to enjoy membership benefits from The Family Handyman.
Sign up today for FREE and become part of The Family Handyman community of DIYers.
Need more space in your kitchen? These tips will help you take advantage of every nook and cranny to help you instantly organize and cut the clutter in the hardest working room in your house.
Use closet racks as cabinet organizers. Trim
the racks to length with a hacksaw and then
mount screws to the back side of the face frame
to hold the racks in place. The back side of the
rack simply rests against the back of the cabinet.
Now you can easily find your soup and check the
rest of your inventory at a glance
Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, will show you a quick and easy way to organize your canned goods in your kitchen pantry. This very easy and quick project utilizes wire shelving.
T-molding designed for wood floor transitions makes a
perfect rack for stemware. Just cut it to length, predrill
screw holes and screw it to
the underside of a shelf.
For a neater look, use
brass screws and finish
T-molding is available wherever
wood flooring is
sold. A 4-ft.
Kitchen storage is always valuable real estate. Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, will show you how to store wine glasses with an easy and inexpensive DIY project that will keep your glassware out of the way and easy to access.
To keep a drawer in the cabinet where it
belongs, drill a hole in the side of the box and
make this stop with
a dowel, a screw
and a fender washer.
It's easy to make
and to remove.
An empty rectangular
tissue box makes a convenient
holder for small
garbage bags, plastic
grocery bags and small
rags. Simply thumbtack
it to the inside of a cabinet
If your spices are jammed into
a drawer with only the tops
visible, this nifty rack that
slips neatly into the drawer
will solve the problem. And
it only takes an hour to
build. Make it with scraps of
1/4-in. and 1/2-in. plywood
Small spice containers use shelf space in -
efficiently and are difficult to find when
surrounded by taller bottles
and items. Use a small
rod ($3) as a simple
shelf. It's easy to install
and strong enough to
support the spices
Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, shows you a new use for a curtain rod. This simple project uses a curtain rod to organize your spices to give you more room in your kitchen cabinets.
Most kitchen base cabinets
lack vertical storage space
for big, flat cookware like
cookie sheets and pizza
pans. To provide it, just
remove the lower shelf, cut
a vertical panel of plywood
and fasten it at the cabinet
bottom with furniture
braces and at the top with a
strip of wood. Drill holes for
the adjusting pins to match
the original locations and
trim the shelf to length.
Don't file away the manuals for your kitchen and bath
fixtures. Instead, slip them into a zip-top plastic bag and
hang the bag in the cabinet under the sink. They'll always
be right where you need them. Toss in paint samples and
spare cabinet hardware too
Free up drawer space by hanging measuring cups inside
a kitchen cabinet. Position and mount a wood strip so
that the cups will hang between the shelves and allow
the door to close completely. Mount a second strip for your
measuring spoons, then screw in cup hooks on both strips.
Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, will show you an easy way to organize your kitchen measuring cups so that they are easy to access and will free up room in your kitchen drawers.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
Share what's on your mind and see what other DIYers are thinking about.
October 22, 11:41 AM [GMT -5]
Wonderful ideas..I can use 2 or 3 and do it myself! Thanks
July 18, 5:24 PM [GMT -5]
I have to agree with several others. These may make finding things easier, but they waste a lot of space.
June 11, 7:17 PM [GMT -5]
I cannot believe that this lame article is still being emailed to everyone on their mailing list or carried on their website. These "space saving" suggestions are totally worthless.
An entire cabinet door to hang measuring spoons and measuring cups. These things are nest-able. you could have hung up twenty sets of these things in the space the author used.
The shelves for cans???? You are not serious!?!? So much air space, not enough storage space. Stack the cans, and if the shelf is too deep to see the ones in the rear, use draws that can be pulled out. (Slide out trays don't work, things fall off the back.)
Open joists in the unfinished basement? don't put shelving, add INSULATION. You're heating an unused area.
The movable bike rack to hang your bike from the rafters in the garage? I've never seen rafters in a garage. Besides at 5'5" tall, I can't reach that high, much less lift the bike over my head.
This article needs to be edited and/or removed from the server.
November 13, 11:14 AM [GMT -5]
Plastic bag holder - Just buy one, and here is why. Those bags are convenient to have and thats why we save them. That tissue box won't stand a chance after a few months of stuffing, adding and removing. And thumb tacks???Serious? If you attached it you'd need a screw with a wide head (or add a washer) to keep it from pulling through the thin cardboard. The plastic holders you purchase at the store uses double-sided tape, which would work for this on the side of the door, but would rip off the tissue box after a few months.
November 13, 11:04 AM [GMT -5]
Racks for canned goods - Serious? That is the biggest waste of space I have seen in a long time. Cans are pretty standard in size. If the cans don't already interlock by stacking then build shelving based on the most common heights of the cans.
OR if you have redundant cans (backups/multiples) than you have to add more shelves to this idea. There is just too much open space not being used. While the idea is clever, (I'll take this next line from Top Gun) I think we'll take this as an example of what NOT to do.
Oh but if you're telling me that you've enough cabinet space to blow on this idea, then you should have the money to go along with it, so just have one custom made.
November 04, 10:09 AM [GMT -5]
These are great ideas for organizing my very, very small kitchen! Thanks!
November 03, 12:50 PM [GMT -5]
This is the best collection of affordable, easy, diy storage solutions I have ever seen... other magazines give me storage "solutions" that require me to buy expensive storage containers... you guys rock!
October 18, 10:35 PM [GMT -5]
I feel that the angled shelf is a huge waste of space ! I would rather see shelves built with gliders that pull straight out so that you can access everything on that shelf.
This would quadruple your storage. The glides are sold in pairs at Home Depot for about $10.00 a pair. Upper shelves for paper goods, than cereals, and the lower shelves for the canned goods. Leaving about 20" open at the bottom would allow for the airtight storage containers for pet food.
October 18, 7:53 PM [GMT -5]
What a great idea. Thanks. No more digging thru my "garbage drawer"
October 18, 7:18 PM [GMT -5]
I like the idea of hanging measuring cups and spoons inside the cabinet, but cup hooks are too round to work well. A small nail or "less round" hook works much better.
October 03, 10:36 PM [GMT -5]
Could you please add measurements in metric ?
I'm a child of the metric age, and imperial is totally confusing....
Log in to enjoy membership benefits from The Family Handyman.
ScreenName My Account (Log
Log in or Join us
Get timely DIY projects for your home and yard,
plus a dream project for your wish list!