DIY Utensil Storage

The last couple of weeks I have been organizing our kitchen so it works better for our family.  I have created a “To Go” cabinet, prep area with a DIY trash & recycling bin, and gotten the appliances and sink area organized.  Today’s post is all about organizing our eating utensils.  Let’s take a look at the before photos:

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These drawers look tame in the pictures above compared to normal!  Most of our silverware is missing from the picture, but believe me when I say these drawers were usually crammed full!

I asked my handy husband if he would DIY some custom storage for the drawers & he was nice enough to oblige me!  By the time he was finished, I had enough storage to condense everything in these three drawers down to just two!  Let’s take a look at the finished product & then I’ll give you a quick how-to on the customized storage.


This is a front view of all the silverware drawer from front to back I have teaspoons, table spoons, salad forks, dinner forks, knives, and steak knives.  The side storage is for baby utensils and serving spoons & forks.


To be honest, the above pictures only show half the silverware, here’s the real life version:


The drawer on the other side of the stove holds cooking utensils and pot holders:


After measuring the drawer & drawing out a plan, Mark created storage for my pot holders, ladles, spatulas, scrapers, ice cream scoops, & a couple of miscellaneous spaces for other utensils.


I love how much these drawers store now & how functional they are!

Now, I will attempt to share how we created these custom organizers.  First, we measured the drawers & then I sketched out a plan for the sizes of each bin & what would go in them (taking into account the size of the slats).  Next, because I wanted these dividers to be removable, in case I ever changed my mind on what I want to store where, (I’m tired.  Does that make sense?) Mark had to come up with a way to make them removable. 

Here’s what he came up with:


First, he took my measurements & nailed these small spacers onto one side of the drawer.  Eventually, the slats would slide into them.


Because we have storage going both vertically & horizontally in this drawer, he cut a piece of wood (we used lattice molding) the depth of the drawer & hot glued on more spacers.  These would be parallel to the ones attached to the drawer.


To make it stable, he routed some space in between the middle section of this piece.


Then he cut a piece of trim the width of the drawer & routed a section of the top to fit into the routed space from above.  This would give the dividers some stability.  It’s kind of hard to explain, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking:


The picture above shows these two pieces put together.


And here they are in the drawer.  This gave us the two vertical storage bins & divided the silverware storage in half. 


Next, Mark cut some trim pieces to sit between the spacers.


Here it is after all the pieces are put together.


After labeling everything,


I loaded it with silverware!


I love how everything fits so well in these drawers now!  Thank goodness Mark was able to make these for me, because the box in the third “before” picture contained more silverware that I had totally forgotten about!

I still have a few more tricks up my sleeve for this space!  I hope you’ll stick around for the full kitchen organization overhaul!


  1. What a pleasant-looking end result. Not only are the drawers now pleasing to the eyes each time you open each one of them, they are very well-organized too for easy retrieval always. Such a storage is definitely crucial and beneficial for every household to save a lot of hassle and time while doing our daily activities.

  2. I think I must have missed something in your tuitorial; what type of wood did your DH use for the dividers? From the pictures you mentioned he used lattice molding for the spacer; I don't know what lattice molding looks like crown molding from the pictures or is that the grain of the wood itself that makes the spacers look like that? What type of saw did he use to cut the divider wood and how did he set the saw to make the exact grooves? We have a compound miter saw, aka chop saw that is sitting idle and I want to learn to use it this Spring and Summer. My DH is no longer able to stand up to use it and I doubt if he would have the patience to show me.

    1. Looking back, I guess I wasn't very clear about the wood we used! Yes, we used the lattice wood for the spacers, but also for the dividers. It was the only wood we used. I left a link below, so you can see a picture of it. To notch out the wood, my husband used a router. He did use a compound miter saw to cut the straight pieces. As long as you are cutting straight lines, miter saws are pretty easy to use! I used ours when we were working on our deck & it wasn't difficult, but I don't know how to adjust the settings or anything. If your husband isn't up to showing you, I'm sure you could probably find a tutorial on the internet for your exact model! Good luck!

  3. Are the drawer dividers removable for easy cleaning? Did you paint the finished project before assemble? Do you cut a piece of shelve liner paper to put inside each divided area? I'm looking over the photos and it looks as if there is shelve liner paper in each section..Sorry to be so dense in my comprehension of this project. The only power tool my husband does not own is a band saw. Did he use a router to cut the dividers to a certain depth he wanted?

    1. Yes. The drawer dividers are removable, as we never glued them down. The lattice molding had a nice smooth finish on it & we chose to just leave it natural, so we didn't paint anything. I didn't line the shelves, but you certainly could. If I were doing it though, I would probably put it in before adding the dividers, since they are removable, the paper could easily be replaced. The only tools my husband used were a circular saw (to cut the straight cuts) & a router to cut the notches.


  4. What do you estimate is the overall cost of doing this project, including all wood or did DH already have the wood mentioned?

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    2. We only used lattice moulding for the entire project. It costs less than $3 for a 96" piece, so it was a fairly inexpensive project! Here's a link for the moulding: Hope that helps!



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