5 Easy DIY Kitchen Drawer Organizer Ideas

Want to get your kitchen organized without spending a lot of money? Try out these easy DIY kitchen drawer organizer ideas.

In my quest to get my kitchen organized, I have used cabinet door organizers, a magnetic spice rack, and built an over the refrigerator cabinet organizer. These DIY kitchen drawer organizer ideas are the next step to getting everything in order.
DIY Kitchen Drawer Organizer Ideas

DIY Kitchen Drawer Organizer Ideas

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I don’t know about you, but no matter how I try, my kitchen drawers always end up in a mess with a jumble of cooking utensils. I can never find what I’m looking for, and everything is so hard to get at.

So I finally decided that enough is enough. I have to do something!

But the big question is…How can I keep my kitchen drawers organized?

The problem is that the standard sized drawer organizers you buy just don’t fit in my kitchen cabinets.

Which means I have to resort to making DIY kitchen drawer organizers. And that isn’t really as bad as it sounds.

First most of these aren’t difficult projects to do. And it means that all of my drawers have storage that is custom made for what I want to put there.

So I thought I would share my favorite DIY kitchen drawer organizer ideas in case you want to create custom storage for you kitchen, too.

1. Make Custom Drawer Dividers

Custom wood DIY drawer dividers
Build your own custom-sized drawer dividers

In my opinion, drawer dividers are a must in pretty much all drawers…whether they are in the kitchen, bathroom or my desk.

Building custom-sized drawer dividers that exactly fit what you need to store makes them even more useful.

And given the fact that DIY drawer dividers are really easy to make, there’s really no excuse for not having your own!

Find the tutorial for how to make your own custom wood DIY drawer dividers HERE.

Kitchen drawer organizer utensil drawings
Kitchen utensil drawings from housefulofhandmade.com

And if you want to make sure that your stuff always goes back in the right place, make these vinyl kitchen utensil drawings from Kati at House Full Of Handmade so everyone knows where to put things.

Click HERE to get the full tutorial from her site.

2. Pegboard DIY Drawer Organizer

DIY Pegboard kitchen drawer organizer
Use dowels and pegboard to hold baking utensils in place

Baking utensils are another thing that I like to store in my kitchen drawers but don’t really fit into the standard drawer dividers that well.

Which is where my other favorite organizing material comes into handy…pegboard!

Installing some pegboard on the bottom of the drawer with some dowels lets you configure your drawer storage perfectly for storing things like cookie cutters, a rolling pin, biscuit cutters, and apple slicers.

You can find the step-by-step instructions for my custom pegboard DIY drawer organizer HERE.

DIY dish drawer organizer by queenbeeofhoneydos.com
Use dowels to hold dishes in place in a drawer

via queenbeenofhoneydos.com

If you have larger drawers, you can also use a version of this to keep sets of dishes in place. You’ll need stronger constrution since the drawer is larger and the contents are heavier…See the step-by-step instructions at queenbeeofhoneydos.com.

3. Spice Rack DIY Drawer Organizer

DIY Drawer Spice Rack by ana-white.com

DIY Drawer Spice Rack via ana-white.com

Next up on my list of DIY kitchen drawer organizer ideas is to build a spice rack in a drawer.

All you need is a few scraps of plywood, and you can build your own drawer spice rack like this one from ana-white.com. It is a really easy project that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

Since I’m happy with my magnetic spice rack, I didn’t do this project, but if you have a drawer that is conveniently located, it is one way to make your spices easy to find.

Or buy a bamboo one* that fits your drawer. Just make sure to measure so you get the right size.

4. Knife Rack DIY Drawer Organizer

DIY Drawer Knife Rack by whilewearinghells.blogspot.com

DIY drawer knife rack via whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

Another great DIY drawer organization idea (that I haven’t done, but I will if I can find a spot for it) is to build a knife block into one of your drawers.

This gets the knife block off the counter…and still makes the knives easy to find when you need them.

And if you happen to have little ones running around, “hiding” them in a drawer makes it harder for them to find.

Check out these simple instructions from whilewearingheels.blogspot.com to learn how to make a knife block for your drawer.

Of course, if you don’t feel like making it yourself, you can always buy a knife block drawer organizer* that will do the job quite nicely. This one even has a space for your knife sharpener.

5. Baking Goods DIY Drawer Organizer

Baking goods kitchen drawer organizer from designdazzle.com
Baking goods kitchen drawer organizer from designdazzle.com

The last one of my DIY kitchen drawer organizer ideas makes your baking supplies easy to access.

If I had enough drawer storage space, I would totally make this baking goods drawer organizer from Toni at Design Dazzle. How awesome is this for keeping those supplies close at hand but out of sight?

Get more details about this project HERE.

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5 Responses

  • I agree with dividers! My husband and I built dividers for our stainless plus utensils. The drawer is 36” wide, so it would be chaos without. We used leftover 1/4” plywood and made it adjustable in case we needed to change it.

    • I totally agree, Mary! Dividers are a necessity for keeping drawers organized…especially if they’re big ones like yours. I love the idea of making them adjustable so you can re-configure them if necessary 🙂

    • Hi Jamela…it isn’t absolutely necessary to screw in the pegboard. It just prevents it from shifting when you open and close the drawer (but if you cut it so that it just fits in the drawer that shouldn’t be an issue).

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