I’m going to share my latest video and tutorial on how to add extra shelves to kitchen cabinets. Whoever decided to only put two shelves in kitchen cabinets needs to rethink that decision! Seriously. Who couldn’t use more cabinet shelves for better organization? Today, I’ll share two different types of material you can use when adding additional shelves to cabinets. I’m also going to share a few creative ways to use extra shelves in a kitchen to make the most of the space you have. This was one of the top posts of 2018 and just one of the many Creative DIY Shelving Ideas for Organizing and Styling your Home! If you’re someone who loves open shelving there are so many Open Shelving Ideas you can DIY!
Our kitchen is small, there is no room for wasted space. I’ve worked like crazy finding ways to stay organized. My post on How to Organize a Small Kitchen and Get More Space is a big help. But I was ready to reclaim more unused space in our kitchen that I could put to good use. Our kitchen cabinets only came with two shelves for each cabinet. What a huge waste of space!
If you’re reading this, chances are you could use more cabinet shelves too. The best thing about what I’m going to share with you is that you can add more shelves to kitchen cabinets, a bathroom vanity or garage cabinets. You can add more shelves anywhere you have predrilled holes along the sides of a cabinet.
How to Add Extra Shelves to Kitchen Cabinets
I use affiliate links to help you find the supplies I used. You can read my full disclosure policy here. I’m making two lists of supplies since I tried two different types of DIY kitchen shelves.
These are the materials I used to make extra shelves for my kitchen cabinets out of plywood.
- 1/2″ sanded birch plywood 2′ x 4′ sheet will make approximately 4 shelves (depending on your measurements)
- Birch edge banding
- Edge banding trimmer
- Table saw
- Miter Saw
- Exacto knife
- Shelf pins.
- Stain and or poly to match existing shelves
These are the materials I used to make extra shelves for my kitchen cabinets out of prefinished shelving.
- Prefinished shelving in the (depth) width needed for your cabinets. You’ll cut each shelf to the length you’ll need
- Shelf pins.
Watch my video on how to add extra shelves to existing kitchen cabinets.
Adding new shelves to a cabinet is easy.
- Measure your cabinet width, or an existing shelf.
- Cut additional shelves for each cabinet.
- Arrange them to make the most of your cupboard space.
Tips on How to Organize Kitchen Cabinet Shelves to Make More Space
#1. Group the same size items together.
#2. Place the items you need the most where you can easily reach them.
#3. Only stack like items.
#4. Purge what you don’t use at least once a year.
#5. If possible, lay tall items on their side facing outward.
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Adding more shelves is a one afternoon project and easy! You may have noticed I still use my DIY kitchen cabinet measuring cup and spoon organizer and yes, I still love it!
Now that I’ve shown you how easy it is to add extra shelves to kitchen cabinets, and shared a few ideas for cabinet organizing, are you ready to add additional shelves to your cabinets too?
I love hearing from you guys! Share where you’d add them in the comments below!