How to Make a DIY PVC Pipe Kitchen Utensil Organizer

PVC organizer

If you've ever spent any time working in a kitchen, you know how easy it is for the space to quickly become disorganized. There never seems to be enough space for everything, and it is quite difficult to keep track of all of your utensils. This week's article provides great tips for using PVC to organize your kitchen through an excellent remedy for your clutter: a PVC pipe kitchen utensil organizer. Using PVC to organize your kitchen is a relatively simple project that takes up minimal space and will have you spending less time looking and more time cooking. Let's get to work!


Part 1: The Materials

This PVC pipe kitchen storage project is a small-scale project that doesn't require a large amount of materials. The list of what you will need to complete the build is as follows:

  • PVC Pipe - 5' Length (the number of lengths and diameter of the pipe is up to you - we recommend going with the smallest diameter that can comfortably hold your largest utensil)
  • Tape Measure
  • Hacksaw
  • Foam-backed mounting tape
  • Sandpaper/Sanding Block
  • Acetone and rag/cloth


Step 2: Cutting and Pre-Build

pipe cutting

The next step in the project is to cut your PVC pipe into the proper lengths. The lengths your cuts should be are dependent on the lengths of your utensils. We recommend using the tape measure to measure your utensils and making cuts that are slightly longer than the utensils. For measuring cups, go by the lengths of the handles. Once you've made your measurements, use the hacksaw to make the corresponding cuts. It's okay if you mess up a few cuts; you will have leftover PVC pipe). We recommend cutting the pipe at a 45-degree angle on both ends, but if you're not confident in your cutting abilities, straight cuts will also work.

Once you've finished your first round of cuts, use tape to mount the pipe pieces on the inside of any cabinet door or wall. Weaker double-sided tape works best for this since you'll be removing the pieces, but the mounting tape will also work if it's all you have on hand). It's likely that your cuts won't fit exactly as you planned them to; that's okay! You will have plenty of leftover pipe. Once you've figured out what needs to change, simply use the saw and tape measure to make any additional cuts. Repeat this step until your cuts are exactly to your liking.


Step 3: Sanding, Cleaning, and Finishing Up

pipe scrubbing

Once you've finished your cuts, the next step is to sand down the rough edges of the pipe. Use your sandpaper or sanding block to smooth out the rough edges of the pipe. Make sure to run some water through the pipe to remove any excess dust and fillings. Next, use the acetone and a rag or cloth to wipe down your pipe (this article explains how to complete this step). This will remove dirt and any writing from the pipe as well as make the pipe look cleaner and sleeker. If you don't want to spend time scrubbing numbers off the pipe, you can opt to use furniture grade PVC. Afterwards, you can use disinfecting wipes to wipe down the pipe to ensure that it is sanitary.

After that, you're essentially done! Simply use the mounting tape to fix the pipes onto your surface of choice, and you have your own PVC kitchen storage. Your kitchen will now stay better organized and less cluttered. We hope you found this article to be helpful, and, as always, be sure to visit our store for the best deals on PVC products. Happy building!

(We got the inspiration for and pictures used in this post from this article by Marji Roy over at Ashbee Design).