Adding Cup Hooks to Your Kitchen Cabinets

Hooks in kitchen cabinets.
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-50

Adding cup hooks to your kitchen cabinets will save you storage space and keep your kitchen organized. The small amount of work required is nothing compared to the convenience you will find in these simple storage devices.

Choose Locations

Take some time to really look around your kitchen cabinets. Where do you have some extra space for hooks? Remember that if a shelf is completely full, something hanging on the inside of the cabinet door will bang against it, possible break, and the cabinet won't close all the way. Find shelves with some extra space to keep the end open. Next, think about what types of items you will want to hang and where the convenient locations will be. Potholders and large utensils can hang above the stove while mugs can hang above the coffee pot and so on. Many of your kitchen items will hang well.

Prepare a List

Write down the exact number of hooks you will need. You should think about what items you want to hang and where so you can then come up with a specific list of how many hooks you need and what sizes you require. Remember that a long spoon will take up more space than, say, a single coffee mug. Make sure to adjust your list accordingly.


Visit your local hardware or home improvement store and have someone direct you to their cabinet hooks. You will notice some subtle differences, but mainly the hooks are only different in installation. Generally, cabinet hooks will be one piece with the screw attached right to the hook. Other styles exist, such as suction cups or sticky pads, but we suggest the sturdy, easy-to-install screw-in hooks. You will also find multiple materials in the selection. Although the ultimate choice is yours, a classic metal hook will give you reliability and will last until you are ready to get rid of it.

Prepare Your Cabinets

Take a damp cloth and wipe down the surfaces on which you will be installing the hooks. With a ruler and a level, measure out and mark exactly where your hooks will be installed. Remember to measure it twice; once you drill, you can't take it back. Once you have marked where the hooks will be located, use your level to mark lines parallel to where the hooks should rest. This will keep all of your hooks parallel to the shelves and each other.

Drill and Install

Choose a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the size of the hook screw. Drill the hole just about 1/8 inch into the cabinet, just enough to get the hook started. Brush off the excess wood shavings and begin to screw in your hook. Once you feel the hook resist a bit as you turn it, keep going until the hook is in its correct, upright position.

Make sure the hooks are tight enough, but don't turn it too much or too hard; doing this will strip the screw end of the hook and render it useless. For extra hold, add some wood glue to the screw before installing it into the cabinet.