Kitchen Cabinet Door Organizer Paper Towel Holder

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 11:35
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Free plans to DIY a kitchen cabinet door organizer for paper towels and cleaning supplies! Make this little organizer for under $10! Plans from

Hope you had a great weekend!

I know spring weather hasn't gotten here yet - up here in Alaska we are still breaking coldest temp records! - but the sun is here. 

And there's nothing like bright sun shining through dirty windows to get you in the mood for spring cleaning, is there? After a long, dark winter of being inside, come spring, I get extra motivated to clean and organize the house.

I've never been a huge paper towel user, and neither has the Ram, but we like to keep a roll around for guests to use, or for the occasional spill.  But we don't use paper towels enough to claim a dedicated spot on the countertop or walls in our tiny kitchen, and have been keeping the roll under the sink for years, next to the kitchen cleaning supplies.

So this last weekend, I decided we needed a little organizer on the inside of the sink kitchen cabinet door to hold the paper towel roll.  And while we are at it, why not add a shelf for our favorite cleaning supplies?

This is why I love DIY and building so much.  You can take a couple of boards, chop them up, screw them back together, and for a fraction of retail cost, make something that truly improves your life.

We are into this little kitchen cabinet organizer for under $10 and about half an hour of work - but it's going to pay us back by making dreaded tasks that much easier for as long as we use this kitchen.

Every single project I work on is my absolute most favorite ever - but this one really is my most favorite (at least right now) because it is already making our lives easier.  

And of course, I'm sharing the free plans with you below so you can also make your own kitchen cabinet organizer with paper towel holder.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Make sure you measure your cabinet opening first. I have full overlay face frame cabinets, with a 36" sink base, double doors - pretty standard for cabinets. My opening is 15" wide by 20" high. I made this organizer 1 1/2" less in width and height than the opening and it works great.


Shopping List

1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 2 feet long
Either 2" finish nails OR 2" trim screws OR 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
4 - Small L brackets with screws (for attaching to cabinet door)

Cut List

2 - 1x6 @ 18 1/2" (sides - cut top end off in a curve)
1 - 1x6 @ 12" (bottom)
2 - 1x2 @ 12" (rails)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

I actually waited until the organizer was complete to do the top rounded cuts with a jigsaw - but you can do that first if you want.

Just attach the bottom to the sides with your favorite fastening technique.

Step 2

Then add rails to the tops and bottoms for extra support. If you don't want to add a paper towel holder, you can also add a shelf at the top.

Step 3

To attach to the door, we purchased L brackets and attached the organizer to the cabinet door using the L brackets. Super easy!

Step 4

Now just fill it up with your favorite supplies and you are done!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Mon, 04/29/2013 - 19:35

I love this idea. I'm not a big fan of having the paper towel on the bench either. I think I might just do this, altho I will have to change it a bit so I can attach it with command strips (renting). Thanku again for sharing your awesomeness ;)

Momma Cunningham

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 12:52

I moved into an apartment two years ago that had something like this under the sink. I mentioned to the landlord how that was convenient and she said "Oh that's only in this one, the previous tenant put that in and then left it so they didn't have to pay for the door". You might talk to your landlord about it if you don't mind leaving it if/when you move out.


Thu, 07/04/2013 - 08:45

Instead of the flimsy paper towel holder, you could use a hole saw and drill holes up top to run a dowel rod through. It would probably hold the roll on better.

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