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Don’t let kitchen clutter get in the way of a great meal. Learn how to make an inexpensive kitchen cupboard organizer that will keep your cookware readily accessible.


Being disorganized in the kitchen can be a nightmare. Imagine this. It’s bright and early, your stomach is speaking to you, and you’re thinking about to cooking up some simple eggs for breakfast. Then you realize, the cookware you need is at the bottom of a massive pile.  Sneakily reaching for the one you need, you find yourself in the middle of an avalanche of pots and pans. The crashing sounds wake up everyone in a half-mile radius and you’re on the kitchen floor, attending to the catastrophe.Perhaps your situation looks similar to this? “Yikes” is right!


The good news is that the days of it sounding like there’s a one-man-band in your kitchen are behind you.  This post is going to teach you how to make a very functional kitchen cupboard organizer.

First, you will want to measure the cupboard you’re working with and gather your supplies.

For this project, you will need:

  • Kitchen cookware
  • ½ inch thick plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Sanding paper/sanding block
  • Wooden dowels (size: ⅞ )
  • Drill bit, drill
  • Wood glue
  • Rubber mallet
  • Stain/paint (We used Minwax Finishing Cloths)

Step 1: Measure plywood to size


Once you have your cupboard size, measure and cut your piece of plywood.  If you don’t have your own saw, get your wood pre-cut at your local hardware store.  Either way, it’s super easy because it’s only one piece of plywood.  If you’re cutting your own, remember to measure twice and cut once. My kitchen cupboard measurements are 17x 22 inches.  Keep the saw handy to cut your wooden dowels in the next step.

Step 2: Cut holes for wooden dowels

Next, place out your kitchen cookware on the piece of wood and mark off where you want each area to go. Then, using your drill and drill bit, cut the holes for the wooden dowels. When you have all your holes cut, give the plywood an overall sand so it’s nice and smooth. We wouldn’t want you getting a sliver while you’re trying to cook up a storm when this is all finished.

Step 3: Cut wooden dowels to size

Using your saw, cut your wooden dowels to size. The length will all depend on the size of your kitchen cookware.  In this post, the wooden dowels used measured 10 ½ and 12 inches long. Once you have your measurements set and they are cut to size, put a little wood glue in the precut holes and use your rubber mallet to insert the dowels into their holes in the plywood. The dowels should fit into the holes nice and snug.

Step 4: Stain to desired shade

The last step is to paint or stain your kitchen cupboard organizer. I decided to go with stain so that it wouldn’t chip over time. I used Minwax Finishing Cloths.  They are perfect for projects like this where you have to get into all the nooks and crannies.  Wait for it to dry completely before inserting it into your cupboard.

Finally, enjoy your new organized cookware. The ease of retrieving your cookware from your kitchen cupboard will be 10 times less noisy (and stressful) than it ever was before.

Questions or comments? Leave them below.

About the Author

Jackie Hausler

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog Haus2Home.

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