How To Make a Knife Rack

Isabelle LaRue from Engineer Your Space joins us again with a DIY Knife Rack that's sure to increase your kitchen counter space. No power tools were used in the making of this project!

When you have a small kitchen, storage space is at a premium. While my LA apartment kitchen is a lot bigger than my NYC studio, I wanted to free up some prime top drawer space occupied by my knives. My solution was to design and make a DIY wood knife rack that's a hybrid between a knife block and magnetic knife strip. And the best part? I built it in just 30 minutes for under $10 without any power tools!

Materials you'll need:

Step 1: Cut the veneer edging into strips the height of your piece of wood (8" in my case) and iron onto the front of your piece of wood, at the edge. Repeat with 3 more strips of edging, ironing them one on top of the other. Repeat the process for the other end. This is optional, but I also added edging on the sides of the piece of wood for a cleaner look.


Step 2: Determine the spacing for your knives and iron on the dividers the same way as in step 1.


Step 3: Glue the lattice pieces across the top of the veneer edging dividers, with one at the top and bottom and one in the middle. To make this project mess-free and go faster, I used Advanced Strength Double-Sided Sheets from Glue Dots instead of wood glue and clamps for this step. I cut the lattice with a miter box and saw (affiliate link) but you can also have this done at the hardware store.


I love the look of the wood so I left my knife rack as is but you could stain it or paint it. 

Then, all that's left is to hang it on your kitchen wall or on the inside of a cabinet door. I rested mine on the counter and used Repositionable adhesive from Glue Dots to hold it up against the tile.


This was such a simple project to do and I love that I now have easy access to my knives and that I've freed up some of that precious drawer space in my kitchen!