Do you prefer everything to be neatly organized? Well, I do too. So, I have been on a quest to get every inch of my kitchen organized. I have very deep drawers on both sides of my cooktop, so this is the best place to store all of the cooking utensils. However, I hate shuffling around through drawers, searching for a spatula or a spoon. I needed a solution, and I knew just what I wanted – a deep drawer utensil organizer!
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How to create this deep drawer utensil organizer…
I saw something similar to this once during a kitchen showroom tour. I knew that I would recreate what I saw at some point. You’ll be surprised at how easy it was!
- Ledger strips cut to cabinet length
- 1/2″ sanded plywood or MDF cut to length and width of drawer opening. (Leave 1/8″ on each side)
- Stainless steel utensil holders with lips.* (These can easily be found at Amazon* or Ebay).
- wood screws
Step 1 – To get the placement for the ledger strips, measure the depth of the utensil holders, subtract the width of the ledger strips and the plywood. For example: My holders are 5″ from the bottom to the lip, my plywood is 1/2″ thick and my ledgers are 1 3/4″ wide. So, 5 – (1/2 + 1 3/4) = 2 3/4. The bottom edge of the ledger strip will rest 2 3/4″ from the bottom of the drawer. (round off to 3″)
Step 2 – Attach ledger strips to inside of drawer with wood screws. (pre drill first to prevent cracking)
Image of drawer with ledger strip attached.
Step 3 – Trace the edge of the utensil holders onto the plywood in the location that is desired. Using a jigsaw, cut out the traced areas making sure to stay 1/4″ on the inside of the line (Note – do not cut directly on the traced line, the utensil lip needs to rest on at least 1/4″)
Step 4 – (Optional) Paint or apply finish of choice to plywood. I suggest doing this otherwise, cleaning will be difficult.
Step 5 – Drop the plywood in place and add the utensil holders.
I priced this out when my cabinets were being designed, and the cost was around $200 extra to have this made custom. I spent a total of $32 doing it myself, and I can take everything out for cleaning. The custom drawer from the cabinet shop would have only allowed the stainless steel holders to be removed. So, I think I definitely came out ahead on this one!
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