How to Make a Silverware Drawer Under a Top Cabinet


Space between cabinets and countertop is some of the most valuable storage real estate in the home. Those who spend a lot of time in kitchens are always looking to maximize this storage space. Hanging a silverware drawer under a top cabinet is a convenient way of having access to some of the kitchen’s most used items, providing the bottom of the cabinet is not too high. This is an excellent way to store knives and other potential kitchen hazards out of children's reach.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 drawer enclosure side boards, ½-by-6-by-18 inches
  • 1 drawer enclosure bottom board, ½-by-24-by-18 inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • 1 1/2-inch wood screws
  • Washers
  • 2 drawer slides
  • 1/2-inch wood screws
  • 2 drawer side boards, ½-by-5-by-7 ½-inches
  • 2 drawer front/rear boards, ½-by-5 ½-by-21-inches
  • Drawer bottom board, ½-by-17 ½-by-21 inches
  • Drawer front board, ½-by-6 ½-by-18-inches
  • 3/4-inch wood screws
  • Drawer pull
  • Lay the two drawer enclosure side boards parallel to each other on their long, thin sides. Position the drawer enclosure bottom board on top of them. Move each side board out to the edge of the bottom board until the outer edge of each side board is flush with the bottom board’s outer end.

  • Predrill four evenly spaced holes into the bottom board and through into each side board, so that the holes are placed right in the side board’s center. Make eight holes in all. Attach the bottom board to the side boards with 1 1/2-inch wood screws.

  • Clear out the installation cabinet. Position the enclosure underneath the cabinet and mark the enclosure’s location on the cabinet’s underside. Predrill eight evenly spaced holes through the cabinet’s underside of the cabinet where the enclosure side boards will touch the cabinet. Reposition the enclosure and mark the location of each hole on the enclosure itself by pushing a pencil or screw through the predrilled holes. Predrill each marked location on the enclosure. Replace the enclosure and attach it to the cabinet with wood screws accompanied by washers.

  • Assemble the side and bottom boards of the drawer the same way. Place the front and rear boards against the assembled drawer and predrill holes every 6 inches where the boards connect. Attach the front and rear boards to the assembled drawer using 1 1/2-inch wood screws.

  • Insert the drawer and note the best position for the shelf runners based on the runners’ design and packaging information. Position the runners on the enclosure and the drawer, and then attach them with 1/2-inch wood screws. Test the drawer to ensure proper alignment.

  • Place the drawer front in its intended position and mark its location relative to the drawer. Predrill four evenly spaced holes in a rectangular pattern through the original front drawer board and into the new drawer front. Attach the board in place using 3/4-inch wood screws. Position the drawer pull in the desired spot and mark the location on the drawer front. Predrill the necessary hole through both front drawer boards and attach the drawer pull through the hole.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dropping a silverware rack into the drawer makes it a convenient storage place for silverware.
  • Lock the drawer with a child-proof drawer lock if children can crawl up onto the counter.

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