This is part 2 of our DIY kitchen organization series. I am on a mission to get my kitchen organized without spending a lot of time or money, and this is the second step along that journey.
I’ll be posting one project per week and here’s the plan at the moment…which is always subject to change if I have another brain wave or see another great idea in the meantime 🙂 Click the links if you want to see more information about the other projects.
- Turn hard-to-reach shelves in the base cabinets into easy-to-access drawers.
- Clear drawer clutter (part 1) by moving cooking utensils to a hanging storage rack. This is this week’s challenge.
- Clear drawer clutter (part 2) by organizing the rest of the utensils that end up in a drawer.
- Clear the countertops (part 1) by moving spice racks to a magnetic spice wall.
- Clear the countertops (part 2) by building a pull down cookbook stand
- Clear the cabinet clutter where serving trays and cookie sheets are stored by building custom dividers and shelves
- Make the corner cabinets more useful by building some kind of easy-to-access storage system
- An added bonus: 6 Cabinet Door Storage Ideas That Will Organize Your Kitchen
Be sure to check back for all of the future updates!
Now onto this week’s post. It is all about being able to find your cooking utensils without having to dig through over-crowded drawers. This rotating cooking utensils rack doesn’t take up much space, makes it really easy to find what you are looking for, and you can build it in less than an hour for less than $10.
Click Next to find out how to build a cooking utensils rotating storage rack.
The Starting Point
As you may or may not know 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. That’s why I used to have a container full of spoons and spatulas right by the stove…very convenient!
And I also happen 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:
1. 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.
2. It takes up valuable counter space…something I don’t have a lot of in my kitchen.
3. Obviously, 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 but not take up any counter space.
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 knew I wouldn’t be happy with that 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 from the bottom of their cabinet.
I loved the idea but didn’t have a Lazy Susan to hack. I also needed way more than 8 hooks for my collection of utensils. So I decided to make my own.
Click Next to see how to make your own compact, easy-to-access, rotating cooking utensils hanging storage rack (the whole process takes less than an hour!)
What You Need
Scrap piece of ½” melamine or plywood that is at least 4″ x 4″ in size. To minimize the amount of work, don’t make it too much bigger than the size of the lazy susan hardware you are using…otherwise you will need to drill extra holes in the right places in order to be able to install it.
(optional) Small piece of pegboard*
How To Put It Together
Since this “lazy susan” will be installed upside down under the cabinet, I didn’t really care if the hardware showed. You can’t really see it anyway…so I went with a square piece of wood (instead of the standard round one). It’s much easier to cut!
1. Cut the ½” plywood into a 6″ x 6″ square.
2. If you want to finish the edges, you can either paint them, or use iron-on melamine edging.
3. Screw one side of the Lazy Susan hardware* to the piece of plywood. You’ll need to rotate one half of the lazy susan hardware so that you can see the holes where the screws should go.
4. Mark where you want the cup hooks to be placed on the plywood. You can use the pegboard holes to make sure the holes are evenly spaced if you want to.
5. Using a drill bit that is smaller than the width of the hook end (mine was a 5/64″ bit*), pre-drill the holes where the cup hooks will go. This will make it easier to install the hooks and make sure that they go in straight.
6. Screw the cup hooks into 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 covered ones* that blend in better with the melamine.
7. Attach the other side of the lazy susan hardware to the bottom of the cabinet. Do this by rotating the plywood side around until you can see the screw holes in the top half of the lazy susan hardware. Make sure that it will be able to turn completely without hitting the wall or the edge of the cabinet before screwing it in.
The Finished Product
Hang up your utensils and you are ready to go!
Just rotate the rack to find what you need.
You can fit more in by rotating the hooks in different directions depending on the type of utensils. Flat ones like spatulas and tongs can be hung sideways. Larger spoons can be hung on an angle.
If you end up having some utensils with fatter handles that don’t fit the small cup hooks (like I did), swap out a few of the cup hooks for larger ones so that everything fits.
My new cooking utensils rotating storage rack works perfectly, and it no longer sits on the countertop…the perfect solution!
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