This DIY under cabinet storage rack for hanging kitchen utensils doesn’t take up much space, makes the utensils really easy to find and get to, and you can build it in less than an hour for less than $10.
I cook. A lot.
And when I’m cooking I like to have all of my frequently-used cooking utensils in an easy-to-access location.
Which is why I used to have a container full of spoons and spatulas right by the stove.
It’s very convenient!
And I also happened to have a drawer that looked something like this.
It contained all of the other things that could not fit in the jar. Not so convenient!
There were 3 problems with this set up:
- The container wasn’t big enough to store all of my utensils. Every time I went to pull something out of it, a bunch of other things would come out with it.
- It takes up valuable counter space…something I don’t have a lot of in my kitchen. And I hate having to clean in and around it all the time.
- Finding anything in that drawer was not an “easy-to-access” scenario.
So I needed a solution that would make it easier to get at my cooking utensils without having extra “stuff” on the counter.
The original solution
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My original thought was to install one of these IKEA rods with S-hooks.
It would get everything off the counter and be easy to organize.
I actually bought one, but when I went to try it, it was too easy to pull the hooks off the rod when you grabbed a utensil.
Which adds the extra step of always having to put the hooks back up.
I also have a tile backsplash so I wasn’t sure how I would put it up without drilling through the tile.
So I knew I wouldn’t be happy with that solution.
The DIY Hanging Storage Rack solution
Then I saw this Lazy Susan hack on pinterest.
The comment on the pin says that they actually took apart a lazy susan and installed it upside down under their cabinet.
I love this idea!
It doesn’t take up much room but you can still get to everything easily because it rotates.
However, I didn’t have a Lazy Susan hanging around.
And I also needed way more than 8 hooks to hang my collection of utensils.
So I decided to make my own.
Keep reading to find out how to hang your kitchen utensils with this DIY under cabinet storage rack.
What You Need
- 4″ or 6″ square Lazy Susan hardware*
- Scrap piece of ½” melamine, plywood or wood that is at least as big as the plate on your lazy susan hardware.
- (optional) ½” melamine edge banding – this is to finish the edges, but isn’t absolutely required, especially if your cabinets have a lip at the bottom so you can’t see the edges of the board.
- Cup hooks* – I used brass ones because that’s what I already had. But if you’re buying new ones, you might want to get them to match your cabinets (I would have bought white). If you have some kitchen utensils with thick handles, you may need to get a few larger hooks that they will fit into.
- ½” wood screws
- (optional) Small piece of pegboard – we’ll use this as a template to make sure the hooks are evenly spaced
- miter saw, jig saw or rotating saw
- (optional) iron – only required if you need to attach the edge banding.
- carpenter pencil
- 5/64-inch drill bit
How to make The hanging storage rack
1 | Cut the wood
Cut the ½” plywood into a square that’s about the same size as your lazy susan hardware.
If you got the 4″ version, your square will be 4″ x 4″. If you got the 6″ version, it should be 6″ x 6″.
Since this Lazy Susan will be installed upside down under the cabinet, I didn’t really care that much what it looked like. (You can’t see it anyway).
So I went with a square piece of wood (instead of the standard round one).
It’s much easier to cut and install.
2 | Finish the edges
If you want to finish the edges, cut pieces of melamine edging that are just longer than the side of your board.
Then use an iron to attach the iron-on melamine edging to the sides of the board.
You can also paint them. (This is what I ended up doing because I didn’t think to finish the edges until after it was already installed)
Or if you have a lip on your cabinets and aren’t that concerned about how the edges look (because you can’t see them), you can leave them unfinished.
3 | Attach the board to the Lazy Susan
Rotate the top plate of the Lazy Susan hardware so that you can see the holes where the screws should go.
Then use ½” wood screws to attach the Lazy Susan hardware to the small board.
4 | Attach the hooks
Mark where you want the cup hooks to be placed on the plywood.
Using the pegboard holes as a template makes sure that they are evenly spaced.
Then use a drill bit that is smaller than the width of the hook end (mine was a 5/64″ bit) to pre-drill the holes where your marks are.
These are just pilot holes so they only need to go in a little way. Not all the way through the wood (although it isn’t a big deal if they do).
This will make it easier to install the hooks and make sure that they go in straight.
Screw the cup hooks into the pre-drilled holes.
Note: I used brass cup hooks because I happened to have them in my tool box. If I were actually buying hooks for this project, I would definitely go with the white vinyl ones that blend in better with the melamine.
5 | Install under the cabinet
Rotate the plywood side of the hanging rack around until you can see the screw holes in the top half of the lazy susan hardware.
Make sure to position it so that the board can turn completely around without hitting anything.
Then screw it into the bottom of the kitchen cabinet using ½” wood screws.
If you did happen to make yours round instead of square, you’ll have to drill larger holes in the board directly above the screw holes in the Lazy Susan. Then line those holes up so you can fit your screwdriver through the board to put the screw in.
6 | Hang the kitchen utensils
Hang up your utensils and you are ready to go!
Now you just have to rotate the rack to find what you need.
You can fit more in by turning the hooks in different directions depending on the type of utensils.
Flat things like spatulas and tongs can be hung sideways.
Larger spoons can be hung on an angle.
If you have some utensils with fatter handles that don’t fit into the small cup hooks (like I do), swap out a few of them for larger hooks so that everything fits.
My new cooking utensils rotating storage rack works perfectly, and now I don’t have anything on the countertop.
After I put it up, I was amazed at how much easier it is to keep the counter clean when you don’t have to keep moving things out of the way.
In fact, I like it so much I think I’m going to make some more to use for hanging tools in the garage. And necklaces in my closet.
Other kitchen organization ideas you might like
In case you’re working on getting your kitchen in order, here are some other kitchen storage ideas you might like:
- Turn hard-to-reach shelves into easy-to-access drawers.
- Drawer organizing ideas
- DIY magnetic spice wall
- DIY pull down cookbook stand
- Over the fridge cabinet organizer
- Cabinet door storage ideas
DIY under cabinet storage rack for hanging kitchen utensils
- miter saw, jig saw or rotary saw
- carpenter pencil
- 5/64-Inch drill bit
- 4-inch or 6-inch Lazy Susan Hardware
- small piece ½" melamine or plywood that is at least as big as your lazy Susan hardware
- ½ inch melamine edge banding
- cup hooks
- ¾ inch wood screws
- small piece of pegboard
- Using a saw, cut the ½" plywood into either a 4" x 4" square (if you have a 4" Lazy Susan) or a 6" x 6" square (if you have a 6" Lazy Susan).
- Iron the melamine edge banding onto the cut edges of the board using the hottest setting on the iron.
- Rotate the top portion of the lazy susan so that you can see the screw holes.
- Screw the Lazy Susan hardware to the board.
- Use the pegboard holes as a template to mark where you want the cup hooks to be placed on the plywood.
- Drill small holes in the board where the marks are.
- Screw the cup hooks into pre-drilled holes.
- Attach the other side of the lazy susan to the bottom of your cabinet, making sure that the board can turn completely around without hitting anything.
- Using a square board instead of a round one makes it much easier to install the Lazy Susan hardware since you can get to the holes in the plate by rotating it. If you want to make a round one, you’ll need to drill holes in the board that line up with the holes in the plate in order to install it under the cabinet.
- If you don’t have melamine edge banding, you can also paint the edges. Or if you have cabinets with a lip, leave it unfinished since you won’t be able to see the edges.
- Pre-drilling the holes for the cup hooks makes them much easier to install and keeps them straight.
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This post was originally published on February 1, 2016 but was updated with new content on May 21, 2023.