Easy-to-Reach Measuring Cup and Spoon Organizer

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30 Minutes

I’m short. Or at least that’s what my husband likes to tell me whenever I can’t reach something in our upper cabinets. And reaching to the back of corner upper cabinets? Forget about it.

A second common kitchen problem is never being about to easily find the right measuring cup or spoon when you’re in a hurry. Personally, I tried the old “keep them in the same bowl” method. Still had to rummage. I tried using hooks on the inside of a cupboard door. This worked for me, but apparently the noise of clanking cups and spoons whenever you opened the cupboard freaked out my forgetful husband and visitors, who apparently thought everything was falling out of our cabinet.


When we first organized our current kitchen, I stood staring at my open corner cabinet and thought long and hard about how to solve my reaching problem. My first idea was to take off the door and make open shelving with our prettier, seldom used dishes. But I had glass doors on cabinets in our pantry (see here), so I didn’t really need more display shelving. Besides, corner cabinets allow for a LOT of storage, and it seemed like a good idea to put mixing bowls and measuring cups/spoons in this cabinet since it’s right next to our stove and prep area.

“Before.” Hard-to-reach deep cabinet stuff.

That’s when I remembered seeing a pull-out pot hanger during my shopping research. I thought it looked cool and handy at the time, but it also seemed like a waste of space for our bottom cabinets.

But. What if I could use something similar to put in my unreachable upper corner cabinet? I could hang measuring cups and spoons on hooks for easy organization (ooh, and label them!), then pull the hanger out to reach easily!

Since I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted anywhere to buy, of course I decided to make them. I made one for cups and one for spoons. (The process below was the same for both, although I mostly picture the spoons organizer.)


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  • 1×3 boards (or whatever scrap wood fits) length a little shorter than the depth of your cabinet
  • Drawer slides, mine came in a 2-pack
  • Hooks, mine were part of a pack
  • Measurement labels, mine came from Etsy
  • A few screws

Step 1: First I cut my boards and sanded them so the front ends and edges wouldn’t be rough to the touch.

Sand those edges!

Step 2: Screw in hooks. I spaced mine pretty evenly along the board, but you can space them however you want. I was going to use different sizes for different spoons, but it ended up looking better to use all bigger hooks. Plus, the bigger hooks make it easier to hang everything quickly.

I was going to use these. Glad I went with the bigger hooks in this pack.

Step 3: Labels. I ordered mine off Etsy, but you could probably find labels anywhere or just write on the board with a marker, if you want. I had to doctor mine a bit to get the sizes I wanted. I also ripped one on my first attempt so chickened out with the rest and taped them on. But here’s the final result:

Hooks and labels attached!

Step 4: Installing the drawer slides. How to attach these might depend on the kind you get, but mine were easy to attach to the underside of my cabinet shelf with 2 screws. MAKE SURE your screws aren’t too long, or else they’ll pop through to the shelf above. Also make sure you attach the base of the slide, not the part that does the sliding.

Screw into top of cabinet or upper shelf.

Since I was doing all this in a corner cupboard, I positioned my slides at an angle so that they’d extend straight out from the open cupboard. If you’re doing this in a normal cupboard, just make sure everything is squared so the slides go out straight.

Slide straight out!

As for how deep into the cupboard to install the slides, make sure that the front end doesn’t extend farther than the shelf it’s attached to, or else it might stick out too far for the door to close. You might want to test by holding your board in place to see how far out everything should go. (I realized all of this later but got very lucky with how I’d installed the slides.)

Step 3: Attach the wood. I suppose you could do this with the slide parts still together, but I took off the slide part by switching over the little flap thing (not technical name) to disconnect the two parts.

Then I flipped my board with the hooks and labels and attached the slide with 2 more screws. Make sure the slide is in the middle of your board – I eyeballed it, but you could measure and make a line to be sure. Also make sure which end is at the front and which end is the back.

Screw on the slide.

Step 4: Connect the slide parts back together. Mine simply clicked back into place. (Again, if you’re nervous about disconnecting the slides, you could attach the wood with the slide part extended. But most slides I’ve used disconnect and reconnect just fine.) I did a few test runs, pushing and pulling them in and out, and everything held really well! Mine are soft-close slides, so that’s an added perk.

Reconnect the slide.

That’s it! Your organizers are installed! Now hang your cups and spoons on those empty hooks!

The “after.” Easy-to-reach measuring cup and spoon organizers!

No more rummaging. No more struggling to reach. I even put glass measuring cups in the space between where these slide in and out so that the shelving space below the hangers isn’t totally wasted. And some mixing bowls fit on either side. Now I can reach everything in the corner cabinet, and the hanging stuff in the deep part comes to me!

Who’s too short to reach now?!
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  • Linda Ross Linda Ross on Feb 16, 2022

    Neat idea but why not put these on the underside of the cabinet instead of inside? Measuring utensils come in a wide array of color and material choices if I choose to do this project, I’m not wasting cabinet space.

  • Carl Millie Larcom Carl Millie Larcom on Jan 05, 2023

    But do you have to stand on your head to see the messurements?

  • Mary Mary on Feb 04, 2023

    Great idea! I am going into a co-op apt and would need approval to do anything with nails or screws. Could the slides.be attached with velcro?

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  • Beth Beth on Feb 02, 2024

    My mom used command hooks on the inside of her “baking” cabinet door to hang measuring cups, special tools that fit & her measuring spoons (leave them on the ring most will come on!). Everything fit perfectly & I loved hearing the “clanging” of her metal utensils when she’d open that door, signifying that something good was about to happen! Although the contributor has created a great design, there are others much more economical, both financially & with space. Keep creating!!!

    • Teresa Ross Teresa Ross on Feb 02, 2024

      I've done the same thing in my last three places. I too am short and have limited cupboard space in my new home. I just make sure they don't hit the shelf or impeded the things I keep in that cabinet.

  • Pam Mork Pam Mork on Feb 25, 2024

    Those pull outs with hooks would be great for coffee mugs -- even if it was under the cabinet! There was something to be said for the country look in the 80's. I drilled holes in the front of a cabinet door and used short doweling to hang those measuring cups and spoons, small wire wisks, etc. For smaller kitchens, someone might consider attaching a piece of peg board on the inside of a cabinet door for all these things.