DIY Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer — Easy!!

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

I saw this idea over on the fabulous blog Restoration Beauty and was immediately inspired to try it on my own kitchen drawers! She made it look so easy, I had to try it for myself.

You guys, this was so easy, cost less than $10 to do, and I am SO THRILLED with how much better my kitchen drawers look!! They made me crazy when they were a jumbled mess! I was constantly digging through junk and could never find what I was looking for in the tangle of whisks and tongs and spatulas.

Now everything is perfectly organized and easy to find. And I’m not a big DIYer, so I’m telling you, if I have the patience to do this, I promise you can do it too!! :)

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

Let’s take another look at that Before. This was a great drawer with tons of storage space. But it needed some guidance. With no dividers, everything was just a jumbled mess.

I knew it had potential, and I kept thinking someday I’d get a drawer organizer for it. The problem with premade drawer organizers is that the slots are never big enough and never where I want them to be. And custom drawer organizers are expensive and can take awhile to come in if you custom order them.

I saw this idea one afternoon and had my own custom wooden drawer organizer the very same day!

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

First I removed the drawer, took everything out, and sorted everything in the drawer by type: scoops, whisks, spatulas, cutters, etc. Then I placed everything back in the drawer, arranging it like a puzzle so they would all fit.

I used Jenga blocks as barriers to give me an idea of where the dividers would go. At first I was going to use masking tape, but Kevin suggested I use Jenga blocks, and I am never one to argue with board games.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

With an idea of how much wood we’d need, we made our way to Lowe’s.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

And headed for the lumber aisle.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

This is what we were looking for — 1/4″ thick craft or hobby board.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

This was exactly what we bought — 1/4 x 3 x 2 Poplar Craft Board.

They also have different types of wood: aspen, pine, red oak, etc, if you’re looking for a different type or color of wood.

For the drawer layout below, we needed 6 pieces of wood for a total of $8.76 before tax.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

When we got home, Kevin cut the boards to size. He used a skill saw. We’re not big DIYers, so that’s the only kind of saw he had. :) If you know your measurements, Lowe’s will also cut the boards for you! Then we set the boards back in the drawer to make sure they’d fit.

The photo above is before we glued the boards together or anything. They’re just sitting snugly in the drawer, not attached.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

Finally it was time to glue everything together. We used Locite Clear Power Grab Heavy Duty adhesive. LOVED that it dried clear!! When we first put it on, you could definitely see a ton of the glue in the cracks. We smoothed out the glue along the seams (like you would do caulk) and it dried totally clear. You’d never even know it had been there.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

Okay, here’s a sneak peek at another drawer we did. I’m showing you this one because I forgot to take a photo of this step for the other drawer! Anyway, this is just to show you how we glued everything together. We lined the drawer with newspaper so we wouldn’t drip glue on the inside of the drawer, then glued the dividers together, using the drawer as our guide.

We did not glue the boards to the drawer because I wanted the dividers to be removable. I didn’t want to do anything permanent to the drawers.

We glued the boards to each other while the drawer held the boards in place. Using the drawer as a guide helped hold the shape of the dividers and keep the pieces lined up so we knew we were still on track.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

Here are the organizers out of the drawers. Totally removable! They fit snugly inside the drawers and don’t move around once inside the drawer. But if we ever wanted to take them out for any reason (like to clean the drawer) they just lift right out.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

Lastly, we slid the organizer into the drawer and replaced the utensils in their newly organized slots.

Also, I should mention, since we had the drawer out anyway, we installed full extension drawer slides, which are an absolute must for getting the most real estate out of your drawers. We would not have been able to use that back storage slot (with the funnel and pizza cutter) without full extension drawer slides.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

While we were at it, we also organized our cutlery drawer. Here’s what it looked like before. It was okay, but you can see my knives and some of the other utensils were too big and hung over the edge of those cheap plastic trays.

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

Here’s what it’s like now. So much better! We installed the full extension drawer slides here too. You can see it opened up a whole new back storage slot. And now nothing is hanging over the edge.

Make sure you have WD-40 on hand if you are going to install new drawer slides. We had to generously spray the new slides with WD-40 and open and shut the drawer about 100 times to get it opening and closing smoothly again. :)

Here’s a handy pin-able image for Pinterest to bookmark this idea for later:

Make your own DIY Custom Wood Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer! Super easy and so cheap. You can do this for less than $10!

Totally try this on your kitchen drawers!! :) It’s so easy and looks professionally made. It’s beautiful and it makes the drawer a thousand times more functional since everything is organized and easy to reach! :)

Thanks so much for looking!! :) Have a great day! :)


8 Month Update!!

UPDATE June 12, 2014: Since many of you have asked how these organizers are holding up, check out comment #46 in the comments section below for photos and an update on how these drawer organizers are holding up 8 months later.

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Sandy_in_MD October 14, 2013 at 5:53 am

Looks great – thanks for sharing the step by step process.


JNE October 14, 2013 at 6:57 am

This is my next kitchen project! We are slowly getting our kitchen the way we want it and drawer chaos has always been a problem… I’m perpetually looking for the “right” drawer organizer, which I never find, of course! I never thought it would be so straight-forward to make my own! Also, those full-extension runners are amazing. Need to get me some of those! Did you also get those at Lowes? Thank you!


Amanda October 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Yes! Either Lowe’s or Home Depot. They both have them! :)

Marie H October 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

We did this in the kitchen at my last house and it was wonderful. I need to do it at my new house. It looks like a great winter project!


shelly (cookies and cups) October 14, 2013 at 7:05 am

I need to send this link to Chris! We are in desperate need of a drawer reorg! Love that you did it for utensils too!


Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective October 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

Love a good, organized, utensil drawer! Great project, Amanda!


Kara October 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

What a great project! I’m storing this away for our future home – so much better than those pre-made plastic dividers that don’t work!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

Seriously love this. I need to do this (okay the hubs does) ;)


Cookbook Queen October 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

I need this in the WORST way!! I think I found my husband a project for this weekend ;)


Angie | Big Bear's Wife October 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

I literally was at Marshalls on Saturday trying to figure out with type of drawer organizer I wanted to get for our kitchen! I can’t find any that fit perfectly and my drawers are a mess! I can’t wait to do this!


Melanie @ October 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

The after picture just makes me want to say, ahhhh…. My gadget drawers drive me and my husband crazy. I feel that there’s no hope. They’re so narrow. It’s almost impossible to organize them. Thanks for the cool tips!


mason October 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

DO MORE OF THESE! This I LOVE!! I’m going to do this, today!


Meredith October 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

This is such a great idea, and thanks for the step by step instructions! I’m off to Lowe’s.


Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch October 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

Great idea!!! I love ideas like this for organizing!


Katie October 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

Thank you for the inspiration and tutorial! Kitchen and bathroom drawers at our house will never be the same :)


Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

Love this!!! My kitchen tool drawer is a jungle — totally going to take your inspiration and give it a try!


Ashley | Our Full Table October 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Great idea and sooooo easy! I’m pinning this!


Becky October 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Wow….this is great. I will have to do this to all of my drawers. I have so much stuff I can’t find and have to dig for daily so this is my answer to all my disorganized utensils and such. Thanks.


Nicole October 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

What a difference! This looks amazing!


Kristin October 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Looks amazing! One question – and not to sound mean/caddy/snobby, but do you not line your drawers? My OCD mother has ingrained in me that all shelves and drawers must be lined.


Anna October 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

To line or not to line… that is the question. Personal preference. I like lining my drawers and being able to take this divider out will make it extremely simple! One piece cut for the whole drawer!

Jen T October 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

what full extension slides did you use


Amanda October 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Just the ones from Lowe’s or Home Depot. They both have them. :)

KC October 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Oh my, how I would LOVE to do this to all of my kitchen drawers. Not enough hours in the day with 3 kiddos running around but I’ll add this to my home improvement bucket list :o)


Joy G October 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Love it! Question though-is it a bad thing that I can distinguish all the Pampered Chef products in your drawer? :-)


Selene Galindo October 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Oh my! How flattered I am that you showed my blog some love! Thanks a bunch :) Your drawers look amazing!


Cecilia October 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I love it and I am so totally going to give it a try. My drawers are just messy or the utensils don’t fit the premade. Thanks for sharing!,


Neena October 15, 2013 at 7:46 am

You are my inspiration. I have a few kitchen drawers that are causing me much frustration – and I could not find a standard organizer that would fit everything. I am going to try this project asap!


Deborah October 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I love this! We are going to be renting, and I love that this is something I can do that looks custom but isn’t permanent!


LAURENT October 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

tous ces organisateurs se trouvent à IKEA je ne suis pas actionnaire mais je vous conseille une visite à Ikea.

MERCI beaucoup pour toutes ces astuces.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 17, 2013 at 1:30 am

What a great tutorial! I definitely need to do this because my drawers are a crazy mess right now!


Alyssa October 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

Omg I have to do this!! I’ll have to make sure I get my measures exactly right, because the store will have to do the cutting for me. I’m excited though, because the cheap little plastic divider I got at Walmart works fine, but it doesn’t fit everything properly and the other items in the drawer keep getting stuck underneath it – it’s a pain in the @$$. We have a tiny kitchen in our apt with tiny drawers, so hopefully I’ll be able to make things fit better. Thanks for the tutorial!!


Pamelaine October 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I just subscribed to your website and was thrilled to see the drawer organizers. My husband is the DIYer in our house. I have several drawers he is going to make dividers for. Thank you for the great idea. I’m looking forward to your blog!


Ambar October 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Love this idea!


Lynne October 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Great DIY project – my hubby wants to do this too. Thanks for sharing Amanda!


Karen Piotrowski November 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I LOVED this idea SOOO much, I ran right out and got all the materials. I put dividers in my two largest kitchen drawers and I just LOVE them. Now I have friends and family wanting me to help with theirs :) Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen Piotrowski


kaybee November 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! But I have to say I am little disappointed. I went to Home Depot today to get the materials and they wouldn’t cut the boards for me! They said it was too small for them to bother with! We are beginning DIY’ers so do not have the right tools to do this ourselves :(


Jonathan DeBusk June 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Old comment, but if someone else finds them in this position, for about $15 you can buy a hand saw and clamping miter box. It’ll hold the wood in place for you. Just line up your marks and cut. Perfectly straight and you could do it on your kitchen counter if you needed (I wouldn’t recommend, but hey…). You probably will have straighter cuts than someone with a skil saw!

Paula Godwin November 17, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thanks for sharing this step by step….great idea!


Bree January 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Love this! Thanks for sharing! This will be my new weekend project!


Brittany January 11, 2014 at 7:30 am

This is great! Can’t wait to try this in my new kitchen. I am curious though, where did you get your table and chairs in the picture? I’ve been looking for something like this for my home!!


Amanda January 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Thank you Brittany! The table is the Benchwright Extending Pedestal Dining Table from Pottery Barn and the chairs are the Madeleine Side Chairs from Restoration Hardware. Hope this helps!

Gretchen February 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

How are these holding up? I just glued my wood together today and I’m having trouble with the glue. It does not seem to want to hold well! It’s not completely dry but I noticed one section not holding very well. I can redo that part, but wondering if there might be a better glue out there or if maybe i did t f that part well enoigh. Have you had any long term problems with stability?


Amanda June 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

Hi Gretchen! Check out comment #46 below to see photos and an update of how these organizers are holding up 8 months later.

Libby February 18, 2014 at 8:30 am

Thank you so much for this post! It inspired my hubby and I to organize our kitchen utensil drawer as well ;) I even made a post about it on my cooking blog. Check it out when you have time!


Stephanie April 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm

You have garlic in your drawer. Just sayin’.
But I like the idea and will certainly use it in our new house =)


Beth April 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I’m very curious how this project is holding up now, six months later. Will you share an update?


Amanda June 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

Hi Beth! Here is a 8 month update. The drawers and organizers are holding up great! I just went into the kitchen and snapped these photos with my phone:

DIY Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer 8 month Update

DIY Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer 8 month Update

Hope this helps!

Beth June 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Thank you so much! That’s awesome!

Christie April 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I too am interested in an update. There have been a few organization projects in our house which don’t seem to stay organized. I have a “junk” draw full of stuff which is actually useful but despite my best attempts, never stays in good shape for more than a month. This process looks like it might keep better. I am thinking about varying the compartments to fit my “junk” drawer too but wondering how you have found it working over a longer period of time.


Tammi June 12, 2014 at 9:56 am

Yes, please give us an update. I thought I would need to route a slot at each connection for more support. Are they holding up with just the glue?

Amanda June 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

Hi Christie! Since everything has a place, it’s easy to put everything back in its place so everything stays organized. Check out comment #46 above to see how these organizers are holding up and staying organized 8 months later.

Nancy April 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

After I found this idea I went right out & bought the wood – I did the whole project in one day, and I’m SO HAPPY with the results! After gluing, my husband helped me set up clamps to hold the wood in place overnight…hopefully this will keep the glued joints intact for a long time. It seems quite solid.

Thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions…even a novice like me was able to do it!!


Jane CHANCE November 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I love this idea. My silverware drawer with the plastic holder allows for too much wasted space.

Shelly May 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm

This is my next DiY project! I got the materials and will be starting this weekend! Thanks for the great tutorial. :) I linked this to my blog too. Please let me know if you want me to take it down. <3


Jennie June 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Just did this in my kitchen and it rocks!!!


Jessica July 10, 2014 at 2:22 am

Hi Amanda
I will do the same for my vanity drawer.
Thank you for your tutorial.


Sue August 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the post! Have you built those cabinet drawers? I need some instruction on how to build those so if you did, please point me to the post!

Thanks again,


Farah September 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Thanks for such a cool idea! I made my own and featured it on my blog!!

Thanks for the great idea!!


MJ September 9, 2014 at 6:21 am

Excellente idée, explications très claires, c’est absolument adorable d’avoir partagé ça ! Merci, je cours chez mon marchand de bois, et je refais mes tiroirs mais cette fois, beaux et pratiques !


RobertG September 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Simple–I was was thinking of a 16 (more or less) step way to organize the drawers and I see this! Thank you.


Amber Lane October 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I did this to two of my worst offender drawers last night & I’m so happy. Thanks for the great idea!!


Stacey October 29, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Was online searching for an alternative to our outdated plastic utensil insert and found your awesome blog – and now I can’t wait for me and my husband to give these dividers a try. Just a quick question…how wide are your drawers (ours are 20″) ? I was wondering how many inches you allowed for your forks/spoons since we’ll be getting our boards (hopefully) cut at the store.


Jonathan DeBusk June 18, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Easiest way is to use ribbon or string or something to line out your drawer at home (she used jenga blocks). Use those to map it out and measure. Then draw it on a piece of paper and make sure all of the math works out plus any small tweaks you want to make. Then you can just have a list of each cut when you go to the store. It’s really not as many cuts as people think. The big drawer, for example, is only 7 pieces of wood. My utensil drawer is a simpler layout so I did 7 instead of 10 to make four short utensil slots in the bottom and four long utensil slots up top.

Alexander November 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Love this idea! I’m surprising my girlfriend by organizing her kitchen and I know she is going to love this! Thank you so much for the idea and showing how to get it done.


Dawn December 30, 2014 at 12:29 am

Hi love all of the after pics. Can you by chance tell me the length and of the after wood dimensions. I love this and would like to have lowes possibly cut it for me. Also let me know the drawer dimenstions


Tracey January 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing this WONDERFUL idea! I saw this last week and did a drawer today. Had a few problems, but after a few changes it is sturdy as ever and utilizes a lot more of the volume of space in the drawer. Did I say thank you? 😃


Farah January 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

I’m still loving this idea! I just used it to organize my teas! I love how easily customizable it is! Thanks again


Mary February 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Amanda, those drawers look great! I am moving into a new home next month and so want to do this! I need to know how you are able to remove the organizer yet keep it snug in the drawer. Are the ends the exact length and width of the drawers or did you leave a little wiggle room? Please feel free to E-mail me. Thanks so much!


Jonathan DeBusk June 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm

I’m not Amanda, but you have to leave a teeny bit of wiggle room. If you find they are too snug, use a little sponge sander (fine grit) to gently remove some length until it slides in easily while remaining snug.

SFskies March 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

I just showed this to the custom cabinet maker who made my all of my cabinetry in my kitchen and living/dining great room. He thought it was a great idea and recommended using a “back saw” to get nice square ends. My only question is what species of wood were your original dividers? What species of wood have other people used? TIA! :-)


Jonathan DeBusk June 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Craft board generally only comes in poplar or oak. Poplar is lighter and oak is darker. Just pick the ones that match your cabinets best. Or paint them!

Lucy March 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Hi Amanda,

Thank you so much for your response. It sounds really simple! I too have redone my kitchen and will have to do this to better organize my drawers. Any advice on backsplash ideas, my cabinets are oak (light) counter top charcoal with tad of same color of cabinet light latte streaks. Can you recommend a backsplash?


Mark June 8, 2015 at 9:04 am

Thank you for the helpful DYI idea and excellent detailed instructions. We have corner hutches in dining room that nothing short of a custom organizer would work. Wish I could post a picture of it.


Jonathan DeBusk June 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Dropbox Public folder!!!

Mary June 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Thanks Jonathan! We have moved in but have not had a chance to do the drawer organizers yet, too busy unpacking and settling in. Just using my plastic ones for now.

FYI for others, Lowes will not cut this wood (plus they only do one free cut) so you have to have some type of saw to cut it yourself. Measure for the fist piece, cut it, mesure for the second, cut it, etc. DO NOT measure them all out and then cut. You need to measure from the cut piece or your measurements may be off.


Marie June 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I did this today….all . by . myself! I followed you directions and now my silverware drawer is sooo neat and organized! I used a miter box to cut the wood because I didn’t want to drag out the power tools. Thank you so much for this post/tutorial!


Mia Choo June 26, 2015 at 4:48 am

Thanks for your lovely blog…. Thanks and have a good day


Sarai @ Confessions of an ex-ballerina July 7, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Hey Amanda. This is an awesome idea. My husband and I were going to try this last Sunday, but Home Depot didn’t have the right kind of wood. I guess we will have to try Lowes this Sunday.


Gloria July 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Can you please provide the interior width of the utensil drawer and the flatware drawer?
Thank you.


Kim July 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been waiting to do this for a while, what a great project! I was trying to figure out what to use to template the sections, and realized that folding newspaper to the size of the boards worked perfectly. Now I have a custom, beautiful silverware organizer, thank you!


Doug September 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Thanks for this; what a great solution!


Eva October 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Hi Amanda,

I read this blog to create my own drawer organizers which I now feel I can approach, thanks to your blog. I was even more excited to read about the full extension drawer slides. My drawers already have regular drawer slides and wanted to consider installing the full extension drawer slides. Is it simply to install them? I would love to see another blog from you demonstrating how to install full extension drawer, or could you point to a resource showing how to do just that! Thanks for your terrific solutions!


jana November 17, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Did you have to hold the pieces somehow together when you were gluing it together? Did you glue it while you had the bigger pieces inside the drawer?
thank you


Shari November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Hi! Your drawers look amazing! I am wondering what the measurements of your drawers are? Would you mind sharing that with us?



Amaan January 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

This is good however i have a question, what construction do you use to make a utensil storage??? Plz get back ASAP


Amanda June 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

Hi Tammi! The drawers and organizers are holding up great! Check out comment #46 above for photos to see how these organizers are holding up 8 months later.


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