Two-Tier Drawer Spice Rack

Build a drawer spice rack that doubles your spice storage in a couple of hours

This spice rack drawer is not only a space-saver but also a smart organizer since all the spices are in one place, face up. We used the same basic design to make a two-tier utensil drawer too.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine


One day




$20 - $100

Make a two-tier spice or utensil drawer

Recently we remodeled our kitchen: new cabinets, countertops, appliances, the works. Yet the first thing we show off when people visit isn’t the fancy new stove, but the $20 two-tier spice tray. When we open the drawer, we can slide the top tray all the way back into the cabinet to access the entire bottom layer; no need to lift out a separate tray or sort through layers of stuff.

Do a little measuring before diving into this project. You can install the 1-3/4-in.-thick tray (like ours) if your drawer is at least 4 in. deep on the inside. Also, these trays are most useful if your existing drawers have (or you install) fullextension slides on the main drawer.

Figure A: Spice Drawer

Assemble the two-tier drawer spice rack and attach it to your existing drawer using this diagram.

Figure A: Spice Drawer

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Brad nail gun
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Drawer slides
  • Plywood: ¼ inch
  • Nails or brads

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