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20 DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas

Updated on July 21, 2014

Make a mountain out of a molehill!

You don't have to resort to expensive products to create extra storage room. Make the most of otherwise unused space with these handy diy tips to make your own space saving gadgets.


Check out this page for all the tutorials and instructions for the below DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Replace Drawer with Paper Towel Holder
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Replace Drawer with Paper Towel Holder

1) Replace Drawer with Paper Towel Holder

A better use for the faux drawers under the kitchen sink ,is to remove the drawer and replace with a paper towel roll holder for a convenient location.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Use Glossed Pot Holders as Cutlery Holders
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Use Glossed Pot Holders as Cutlery Holders

2) Use Glossed Pot Holders as Cutlery Holders

Colorful flowerpots are an ideal way to add pops of color into your storage solution.

Tie a labeled price tag onto each pot for an easy way to show where knives and forks belong.(No excuses for the person on dish duty)

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Paint a Measurement Conversion Chart on Cupboard Doors
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Paint a Measurement Conversion Chart on Cupboard Doors

3) Paint a Measurement Conversion Chart on Cupboard Doors

Painted the inside of a cupboard door with blackboard paint and use chalk to write a measurement conversion chart on one door, and ingredient substitutions on the other door.

Measurement cups can be hung underneath for easy reference.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Set up a Mini Recycling Center in a Cupboard
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Set up a Mini Recycling Center in a Cupboard

4) Set up a Mini Recycling Center in a Cupboard

Build a home recycling center sorting your bottles from your cans simply with just a couple of bins set into a deep drawer.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Upcycle Towel Rails for Pot Lids
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Upcycle Towel Rails for Pot Lids

5) Upcycle Towel Rails for Pot Lids

Get some towel racks with a depth of at least 2 inches, depending on the lids you're working with and screw onto the backs of cupboard doors for a handy lid storage solution.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Use Canisters for Utensil Drawer
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Use Canisters for Utensil Drawer

6) Use Canisters for Utensil Drawer

If your drawers are overflowing with cooking gadgets :empty the contents and make your own DIY custom kitchen utensil drawer organizer from a clunky container set in some wood. This frees up counter space and keeps items from getting all tangled up.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Screw Canister Lids to Bottom of Cupboards
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Screw Canister Lids to Bottom of Cupboards

7) Screw Canister Lids to Bottom of Cupboards

For an instant jar tidy, screw the lids of canisters directly to the bottom of shelf above, then screw the jar to the lid .

Now they are attached and hanging out of the way and the space looks beautiful.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Rolling Cabinet
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Rolling Cabinet

8) Rolling Cabinet

A cabinet on casters means it can be moved around accordingly.

Handy if there's no room for a kitchen island as it can easily be moved into the space when needed for meal preparation.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Pull-out vertical drawer.
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Pull-out vertical drawer.

8) Pull-out Vertical Drawer.

Pull out shelving systems are great space savers for small kitchens.

It makes for a well organized spice drawer.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Corner Drawers
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Corner Drawers

9) Corner Drawers

Keep your kitchen items from getting lost in the dark, black hole in every other type of corner cupboard with corner space saving drawers.

No more rearranging the entire cupboard for that hard to reach the pot that always hides behind the other ones!

Remember to check the link provided for more ideas.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Hanging Metal Bins
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Hanging Metal Bins

11) Hanging Metal Bins

Metal storage bins are an effective and cheap organization solution. Just nail or screw them to the wall and label so that you know what should go inside.

You can use these to keep biscuits and other foods separated.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Appliance Garage
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Appliance Garage

11) Appliance Garage

Unusable kitchen-counter corners are the perfect location for an appliance garage.

Make sure to include an electrical outlet at the back of the cabinet for convenience.

Place all your odd shaped gadgets in here.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Underseat Storage
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Underseat Storage

13) Underseat Storage

Hideaway storage can be fun to use and make, and can play an important part in protecting items in your home. Seldom used items are hidden from view within deep pullout drawers, freeing up precious real estate in the kitchen's main work area.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Re-purposed Doors for Utensils
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Re-purposed Doors for Utensils

14) Re-purposed Doors for Utensils

Refashion a shutter and some brackets into a one-of-a-kind shelf for your utensils.

Adding a magnet strip is a useful way to store your knives.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Painted Peg Board with S Hooks
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Painted Peg Board with S Hooks

15) Painted Peg Board with S Hooks

Peg boards can be purchased in your local hardware store or online.

Paint and mount a pegboard on the wall in a pantry or laundry room and store small pots and utensils on it.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Walk in Pantry
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Walk in Pantry

16) Walk in Pantry

Spacious Walk-In Pantry keeps food items on hand and in tip-top shape with an organized kitchen pantry.

Walk-in pantry designs allow easy access and storage of nonperishable foods, wine, small appliances, and tableware.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Glass Jar Storage
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Glass Jar Storage

16) Glass Jar Storage

Glass jars are a very concise and pretty way to store items such as cereal and pastas.

They can be purchased cheaply or even upcycled from other jars you've had from previous products such as coffee or sweets.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas  Recycled Kitchen Organizer
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Recycled Kitchen Organizer

18) Recycled Kitchen Organizer

Pop a mason jar in a block of wood propped up by two other lengths of wood for storage of cutlery and store napkins underneath.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Kitchen Drawer Organizer
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Kitchen Drawer Organizer

19) Kitchen Drawer Organizer

Compartmentalize everything and put it in it's place.

No more rattling around trying to find the bottle opener!

Make your own inexpensive kitchen drawer organizers from little strips of wood and a hot glue gun.

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Wooden Shelves
Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas | Click Pic for 20 DIY Kitchen Organization Ideas Wooden Shelves

19) Wooden Shelves

Open shelving is a very contemporary way to organize the kitchen.

Display your finest crockery and china on long beams of wood.

With open shelves the kitchen feels more open and airy and items are easier to find.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks so much Sylvia

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      Sylvia Leong 2 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      Wow! You have some fantastic ideas here. This hub is like a catch-all for the best kitchen storage ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting Lucille, totally agree I hate a dirty kitchen

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      lucille12 2 years ago

      Besides the hygiene needs to keep your kitchen clean, additionally, there are the practical and aesthetic wants to have an organized kitchen.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting Au fait :)

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Who ever has enough space for storage or anything else in their kitchen? Good ideas here for people who need some help to think about.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks so much Deborah Diane :)

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      What wonderful storage ideas a kitchen! I love them. Voted Up!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting peach purple, ha ha know what you mean, and for some reason there's always loads of crumbs in mine !

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love the kitchen drawer organizer the best, my fork and spoon are always scatter around

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      It's a great way to save space :) thanks for visiting Megan !

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      Meggan Dunn 2 years ago from Winnie, TX

      Love the paper towel idea, I wouldn't have thought of that