When I moved to Taipei, I was looking for a small, cozy place to live. Which I found. Don’t get me wrong, I like my apartment, however, there is one thing that I am not a big fan of. Which is the kitchen. Reason #1: It is tiny.  Reason #2: There is no oven. Reason #3: It is tiny. But have a look for yourself.

Small kitchen

It is adorable and functional but as a foodie and passionate cook, I sometimes wished there was more storage space. I would have never thought that I would miss something as simple and stupid as a drawer. 

DIY shelf

My kitchen cabinets are a nightmare, packed to bursting with ingredients. However, I wasn’t planning on spending a fortune on a small shelf to put inside the cabinets to get a little bit more organized. The thrifty side of me tried to figure out a solution on the budget that would not require any handyman skills at all. 

I went to B&Q, which is a hardware store in Taipei and headed straight for the bin with the wood scraps. And these are the two pieces of wood that I got. I paid 19NT (0.52 EUR) for both of them. So the shelf was basically free. For the shelf I only needed the narrow wood board and I am still contemplating what to build with the square one.


Material needed:

  • one wooden board
  • double sided tape

Tools needed: 

  • saw 
  • miter box
  • pencil
  • ruler


  1. Use the shelf inside the cabinet as a template to measure the correct length for the shelf. 

DIY Shelf

2. Measure two shorter pieces for the height of your shelf. I used a spice container that I planned to put underneath the shelf as a template. Draw two lines for the shorter pieces and use a miter box to saw along the lines. You will end up with one long and two shorter pieces of wood.

DIY Shelf

3. Place double-sided tape on the sides of the shorter wooden pieces that will be leaning against the cabinet walls and the top board. 

DIY shelf

4. Place the longer wooden board on top of the shorter side pieces. 

DIY shelf

And there you have your shelf for inside your kitchen cabinet which took less than 20 minutes, a little bit of elbow grease and cost next to nothing. Doesn’t it look much tidier now. What do you think?




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  1. Chrleau Blaun says:

    Very helpful, thank you. Simple solution and no holes & screws required!

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