17 Easy Deep Cabinet Storage Ideas for the Kitchen

Photo of stacked pans and a pullout spice rack in deep kitchen cabinets
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Do you struggle to keep deep kitchen cabinets organized? You’ve come to the right place! I struggled with this issue, too. I’ve found SO many great ways to maximize storage and minimize frustration.

Check out my favorite deep cabinet storage ideas for the kitchen, and get inspired to create the cabinets of your dreams!

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 1. Try a Lazy Susan for Easy Access to Food Items

When you store pantry items in deep cabinets, it can be hard to find and access items in the back. I love Lazy Susan organizers for deep cabinet storage! They ensure you always have immediate access to any item you need with a simple turn. 

I recommend storing a category of pantry items on a single Lazy Susan. For instance, use one just for spices, and another for bottles of oils or vinegar. 

If you store food in a Lazy Susan corner cabinet, I highly recommend clear bins made for these cabinets:

P.S. You can use a Lazy Susan for storage in SO many places. Check out my post on 14 ways to use a Lazy Susan to organize your home!

2. Store Seasonal or Small Appliances in a Deep Cabinet

We all have some small appliances we only pull out a few times a year. For me, it’s the ice cream maker and the fondue set.

Since I don’t need to access them very often, I keep them at the back of my cabinet. I store other appliances and kitchen essentials I use more often in front of them. 

3. Add Shelf Risers to Maximize Cabinet Space

A deep kitchen cabinet with shelf risers to maximize space
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Deep kitchen cabinets do have a benefit: more space. The best way to use it is by maximizing all available vertical space.

In my awkward deep cabinet above, I used a shelf riser in the back to store my pie plates. Beneath that are my bread pans.

I always keep items I use the most near the front, so I’m not digging through my cabinets every day. Since I use my Dutch oven far more often than I bake pies or breads, I put it front and center. 

4. Install a Spice Rack With Pull-Out Drawers

Kitchen cabinet with pull out drawer organizers and adhesive spice holders inside the cabinet door
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Right next to my microwave is a very small, deep cabinet. I’ve always kept my spices there because it’s so close to the stove.

However, it was a deep and awkward space UNTIL I purchased and installed these amazing pull-out drawers. They make the perfect double-decker spice rack.

I organized my spices in alphabetical order, so it’s easy to find them. I highly recommend pull-out drawers for deep shelves! 

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5. Store Smaller Items on the Inside of Cabinets with a Door Organizer

Spice bottles organized on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door
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The inside of your cabinet doors is a goldmine of unused storage space! I’ve used mine to store my everyday spices that would get lost in my deep spice cabinet.

I also use small storage racks with hooks to hang my sponges and bottle brushes under the kitchen sink.

Use over-the-door racks or hooks to store items like measuring spoons, oven mitts, or even small cutting boards. This optimizes your cabinet space and keeps frequently used items easily accessible — a MUST when you have deep cabinets.

6. Try Clear Food Storage Containers on Deep Pantry Shelves

I’m in love with the clear containers I use in my pantry. They make it SO easy for me to see what I have, so I know when I’m running low and need to hit the grocery store.

Although I have a walk-in pantry, you can easily use the same containers for an organized pantry cabinet. Use clear bins (stackable if possible) or glass jars (I love mason jars) to store dry goods like pasta, rice, and beans.

Label each container for easy identification and to maintain organization within the deep pantry shelves.

7. Use Adjustable Drawer Dividers for Deep Drawers 

Deep kitchen drawer with adjustable drawer dividers
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For those who have drawers within their kitchen cabinets…first, rejoice! I’d give anything for deep drawers in my kitchen!

However, I know they can be a challenge to organize. I highly recommend investing in adjustable drawer dividers.

You can use them to create custom-sized compartments for storing kitchen utensils, small kitchen appliances, and even pots and pans. This maximizes space and is a great way to keep items neatly organized.

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8. Try a Tiered Organizer to Make the Most of Vertical Space in Deep Cabinets 

Pantry zone organization: canned foods and quick meals
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Tiered organizers are FABULOUS for maximizing the vertical space in your cabinets. I highly recommend them for canned goods, spices and jarred food items. They allows for easy visibility and access to items stored towards the back.

My favorite tiered organizer is this can rack that fits on my pantry shelf. Mine measures 16″ wide by 12″ high, so it would only fit in a large cabinet…and you might have to adjust the height of your cabinet shelves. BUT…I can fit 36 cans of soup, beans, fruits or vegetables in one of these babies. 

9. Store Infrequently Used Items on Upper Shelves

Again, my tips are all about efficiency. If you have tall cabinets in your kitchen, you don’t want to store everyday items on the top shelves!

Use this space for those holiday party platters, chafing dishes or flower vases that you only need on occasion. This helps you free up space in more accessible areas for the items you DO use every day.

Use stackable bins or labeled baskets to keep these items organized and easy to locate.

10. Use Handled Storage Bins to Corral Similar Items

Pantry Organization: Vinegars and Oils in Clear Handled Bins
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Another good way to deal with deep kitchen cabinets: store items in handled bins. I do this on my pantry shelves for items that “go together,” so I can just grab them and go.

This idea works for oils and bottles of vinegar, baking ingredients (like sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, etc.), spices, etc. 

When it’s time to cook or bake, just take the entire handled bin out of the cabinet and use the items inside. Then put everything back at once. This might save you multiple trips to and from a cabinet! 

11. Place Cooking Oils on a Pullout Tray in a Cabinet Near the Stove

Spice Storage: Slide-Out Rack
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Remember that spice cabinet I mentioned in tip #4? I also placed cooking oils and bottles of vinegar on a pullout tray at the top.

This saves me a trip to the pantry every time I fire up the stovetop. I love the convenience of having everything within arm’s reach. And the pullout tray is a must for accessing items on a top shelf. 

12. Store Water Bottles on Their Side in a Stacked Rack

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Here’s another great solution for those deep cabinets: this stacked water bottle organizer! Look at all of the bottles you can fit on a shelf…and easily access each one whenever you need it.

My family is very active in sports. Somehow, we have accumulated quite a collection of stainless steel bottles and cups. This organizer has been invaluable to me. 

NOTE: You can also use this as a vertical solution in a deep kitchen drawer to keep bottles from sliding around or falling over. 

13. Use a Stacked or Pullout Pot Rack for Pots and Pans

Photo of stacked pans in a deep kitchen cabinet
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Pots and pans are heavier items. They’re awkward to retrieve and store in a kitchen cabinet. Do your knees and back a favor and try one of these solutions!

A stacked or pullout pot rack really helps maximize the extra storage space that often goes unused in a deep cabinet. 

In my kitchen, I use this stacked pan rack:

Simple Houseware Cabinet Pantry Pot and Pan Organizer Holder Rack, Bronze

This customizable pullout option accommodates pots and pans of different sizes, making it a perfect solution if you have a mixed collection of items to store. Be sure to measure your cabinet before ordering!

Pull Out Pots and Pans Organizer for Cabinet - Sliding Lid Holder and Pan Rack in Kitchen, Cabinet Pull Out Shelves, Slide Out Cabinet Organizer, Pot Lid, Bakeware and Pan Organizer, 16.5'Dx8'Wx7.5'H

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14. Utilize Dead Space with Stackable or Hanging Storage

Organize glassware
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I have exactly one cabinet to use for all of my drinking glasses and mugs. I realized there was a lot of dead space above my glasses that I wasn’t capitalizing on.

So I installed these simple over-the-shelf hooks for my smaller mugs. This DOUBLED the amount of storage space!

You could also add simple shelf solutions for plates, cups and glasses. 

RELATED ARTICLE: Great Ways to Organize Glassware, Cups and Bottles

15. Maximize Space Under the Kitchen Sink with Stackable Bins

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The cabinet under the kitchen sink has two challenges: it’s deep AND it’s tall. 

I solved this problem under my own sink with long, clear stackable bins.

I placed extra sponges, scrubbers, dishcloths and rubber gloves on the bottom. Then I stored cleaners and spray bottles on top. When I need to access items on the bottom, the whole top bin lifts right off…easy, peasy. 

I highly recommend labels for these bins, so everyone in your house puts things in the correct place.

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16. Use a Vertical Divider to Store Cookie Sheets and Baking Pans

Install a vertical divider rack or organizer in a deep cabinet to store cookie sheets, baking trays, and cutting boards upright.

YouCopia StoreMore Adjustable Bakeware Rack, Cookie Sheet Baking Pan and Tray Organizer for Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry Storage, Standard, White

This prevents them from getting stacked on top of each other, making it easier to access the one you need without disturbing the rest. It also maximizes the use of vertical space in the cabinet, freeing up room for other items.

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17. Invest in Multi-Functional or Customizable Storage Solutions

Deep cabinets can be organized in several ways, depending on the items you need to store and how often you want to access them.

Invest in multi-functional storage solutions such as stackable wire baskets or adjustable shelf risers. These versatile items can be used throughout the kitchen to maximize space and keep items organized in deep cabinets.

I hope these tips have inspired you to try new ways to organize your deep kitchen cabinets! Happy organizing!

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