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Clever Kitchen Ideas: Dish Organizer

Use these step-by-step instructions to create more room in your cabinets with this custom dish drawer.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Prepare the Drawer

Empty out the drawer and measure the width, height and depth of its base. Double check all measurements.

Determine which plates, pots, bowls or cups will go into the drawer.

Lay out sample arrangements to determine the best configuration. Readjust as necessary to get the most effective configuration. Tip: Do not overcrowd the drawer. Leave room around each stack for ease of maneuverability.

Step 2: Cut the Peg Board and Dowels

You will need four dowels to surround each stack of plates or pots. Figure out the final count of total dowels now.

At the local hardware store, have peg board cut to the proper dimensions for the drawer base. Double check the measurements of the cut board at the store.

Select the wooden dowels to be used. Dowels come in various colors or wood tones. Keep in mind the cabinets' wood tone. Select the dowel which is the closest match and is approximately the thickness of your thumb. This will give the dowel more stability.

Have the wooden dowels cut to the proper lengths. Have extras cut. Again, double check the dimensions of the cut dowels.

Step 3: Prepare the Dowels

Select 1/4" wooden pegs. Make sure you purchase extras.

Lightly sand the dowels. It's important to remove rough edges.

Stain the dowels if desired. Allow for drying time.

Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of each dowel.

Step 4: Insert the Pegs Into the Drawer

With a drop of wood glue, insert a wooden peg into each hole. Allow for drying time. This wooden peg will fit into the pre-cut holes in the pegboard, so you want a really secure bond.

Keep in mind that the wooden peg should sit flush with the pegboard. You don't want it too short or too long.

Place the pegboard in the bottom of the drawer. Secure it with a bead of wood glue along the bottom of the board if desired, but allow for drying time. Insert the pegs/dowels into their desired locations.

Review the planned locations for plates, cups, pots or bowls and readjust as necessary.

Once the dowels are in place, stack your drawer with the selected items.