10 Kitchen Cabinet & Drawer Organizers You Can Build
These 10 simple kitchen cabinet organization tips show how to turn empty space in kitchen cabinets and drawers into useful storage for supplies and utensils.
Rollout Drawer for Lids
- Before you remove the shelf, put some pencil marks on it to indicate the width of the cabinet opening at its narrowest point (usually at the hinges). Your drawer front and slides can’t extend beyond those marks (or you’ll spend hours building a drawer that won’t open).
- Then remove the shelf. If it’s made from particleboard, we recommend that you replace it with 3/4-in. plywood and transfer the marks to the new shelf.
- If you can build a simple drawer box, the rest will be easy. Mount the drawer on cleats screwed to the cabinet sides.
Drawer in a Drawer
Add a Divider for Upright Storage
- Cut 3/4-in. plywood to match the depth of the cabinet, but make it at least an inch taller than the opening so you can fasten it to the face frame as shown.
- Drill shelf support holes that match the existing holes inside the cabinet.
- Screw two brackets to the cabinet floor; one to the face frame and one to the back wall of the cabinet (not shown).
- Finally, cut the old shelf to fit the new space.
Rollout Storage Panel
Cutting Board Storage
Hidden Cutting Board
Flip-Down Paper Tray
Drop-Down Tablet Tray
Add a Shelf
Cabinet Door Knife Rack
- Run the scraps across the saw on edge to cut kerfs.
- Adjust the blade height to suit the width of the knife blades. You have to remove the saw’s blade guard for these cuts, so be extra careful.
- Also cut a thin strip to act as an end cap.
- Glue and clamp the kerfed scraps together and sand the knife rack until the joints are flush.
- To mount it, use two 1-1/4-in. screws and finish washers.