DIY Inside Cabinet Door Storage Shelves

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Anything that gives me even just a little more space and organization in my tiny kitchen is a big deal to me! And if it helps to clean up some clutter - well, all the better in my book! What I'm talking about is my DIY inside cabinet door shelf.
After digging through the scrap wood piles in my basement, I was able to come up with a few boards that would work for these shelves. I only wanted to use 1/4 thick wood.
I am using the shelves to hold the spice jars that I picked up at Ikea last spring.
So I measured and cut my wood to accommodate my spice jars.
I cut all of the boards to 18 (the measurement of the inside of my cabinet door). I would need three boards for each shelf: the bottom, back, and front.
The shelves were then assembled with wood glue and brad nails.
After assembling the shelves, it was time to paint them.
I made these shelves and hung them on the inside of what I call the baking/cooking cabinet and it's right next to the stove. This cabinet is where I store oils, vinegars, salt, cooking spray, etc. and it makes sense to store the spices on the inside of this cabinet.
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  • 22busy 22busy on Jan 23, 2016
    How did you hang them. I love this idea but if they were hung with screws how do you cover the screws on the front of the cabinet?
  • 22busy 22busy on Jan 23, 2016
    how were the cabinets hung? Did you use screws? if so, how do you cover the screws on the front of the cabinet? Love the idea!
  • CKimball CKimball on Jan 23, 2016
    beautiful. Do the screws show threw on the facing side?
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Jan 23, 2016
    In using command strips to hand the project what specific kind did you use? I have only seen the ones that come with hook attached.
  • Joyce Joyce on Feb 20, 2016
    Do you ever have problems with the spices falling off the end?
    • Jeanie Jeanie on Feb 20, 2016
      Not at all
    • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Feb 01, 2018
      Great project Jeanie, thanks for sharing ! I might have to try this, although my spice cabinet is sooooooo small. But if I can pull it off, it would probably help to stretch the space for more spices 😍
  • Joa6733781 Joa6733781 on Oct 11, 2016
    Love this idea. Where did you purchase the small spice jars?
    • Marvin Schaunaman Marvin Schaunaman on Jun 06, 2017
      After rereading the article and gong to the link at the end of the article, I discovered they were bought at Ikea a year before the shelves were made. They may still be available there.
    • ASHLEY ASHLEY on Jul 05, 2017
      dollar tree has something like these jars
    • Dona Dona on Jul 05, 2017
      I also purchased small jars like this on A dozen was under $15.00. Found ink jet waterproof labels there as well for 90 cents a sheet and printed the spice names out for the jars.
    • Pam Carder Pam Carder on Aug 12, 2018

      Hoby Loby carries all sizes of jars with lids

    • Mary Ann Lettieri Mary Ann Lettieri on Sep 16, 2018

      I've seen them at the Family Dollar!

    • Beth Lohner Beth Lohner on Sep 16, 2018

      In looking at this, I would think that you could also use baby food jars... I also think you could put this same idea into practice in the bathroom q-tips, cotton balls, safety pins, bobby pins, etc... The uses are endless... The everyone has one - junk drawer, stamps, toothpicks, buttons, needles, nails for hanging pictures, etc...

      Lord, help me, I will be putting this into good use when we move, as we are downsizing and will not have as much space as we have now... Thanks for the quick tip.

  • Robin Czaikowski Robin Czaikowski on Oct 11, 2016
    How did you attach the shelves to the cabinet door?
    • Marvin Schaunaman Marvin Schaunaman on Jun 06, 2017
      After going to the link at the end of the article, the material list includes command strips.
    • Nancy Nancy on Jul 22, 2017
      you can get them at the Bulk Food stores, Walmart or the Dollar Store - I've picked them up at all these places

    • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Sep 16, 2018

      Her link says

      "The shelves were then attached using Command Strips and also 5/8″ brad nails (just 2 per shelf)."

      Command strips alone will not hold this up. I used them to attach a power brick charging unit for my phone to the side of my nightstand it's that sort of velcro kind. it falls of at the slightest bump

    • MMM MMM on Sep 17, 2018

      Yes, you need to be very careful with them. I've had command hook failures, but I've also had some good successes. I'd think about a more permanent solution.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Sep 16, 2018

    That seems like a lot of weight for that door to carry. Did you beef up or add extra hinges to the door or cabinet


    • MMM MMM on Sep 17, 2018

      Good question. I also wonder about the clearance into the cupboard and where the shelves hit the things on the new little shelves.

    • Terry L. Foster Terry L. Foster on Feb 01, 2020

      I tried this technique many years ago and it is a great idea but takes up space inside the cabinet. If you use baskets to put your items in you will be able to get to them easiers and does not take up much space. Baskets on upper shelves you can pull out and not to get a step ladder to get to those items on the shelf. I am short, so that has been a life saver for me.

  • Becky Becky on Nov 01, 2018

    Don’t items fall off the small shelves when you open or close the doors ? I see there are no ends on them ?

  • Marcia Lynn Marcia Lynn on Feb 09, 2019

    Where did you get the cute clear jars at

  • Josephine LaRocca Josephine LaRocca on Apr 25, 2019

    How do you attach it to the cabinet?

    • Beth Beth on Apr 13, 2020

      The shelves were then attached using Command Strips and also 5/8″ brad nails (just 2 per shelf), per her blog 🙂

    • Merry Straub Merry Straub on Jun 07, 2020

      I would also like to know what kind of Command Hooks you used. My doors are hollow core and those shelves would be carrying a lot of weight when full with spices. Love this idea....I just don't want to destroy my door!

  • Kay Kay on Apr 25, 2019

    Could you show what command hooks you used?

  • Beth Beth on Jan 19, 2020

    How did you hang on the panel doors without making holes in them?


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  • Marika Marika on Apr 25, 2019

    Yes my question also how do you attached it to the inside of the door?

  • Mary Mary on Jul 02, 2021

    I’m interested also as to how the shelves were attached!