6 Smart Ways to Organize Your Cookie Sheet Collection

updated Aug 20, 2023
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You’d think cookie sheets would be relatively easy to organize, because they’re flat and rectangular — but in reality, they rarely nest neatly unless you buy a set, and even if you can get them properly piled up, you inevitably want the one at the bottom come baking time. Fortunately, there are solutions.

From pro chef-approved methods to brilliant DIY discoveries, here are six of the smartest ways to organize baking sheets:

1. File them in an adjustable rack.

Of course there are organizers that have been specifically made for baking sheets (and similarly shaped items like cutting boards, muffin tins, and platters.) We’re super into this adjustable rack, which is surprisingly sturdy. Use it to turn that cavernous space above the fridge or a corner cabinet into a neatly organized baking zone in a flash.

2. Set them up between tension rods.

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We love tension rods! Set up a few adjustable rods along your pantry shelves to create customizable cubbies to stand up sheet pans, cutting boards, larger serving platters, and more. (While you’re here, check out this ingenious under-sink storage solution using a tension rod.)

3. Or DIY something a little more permanent.

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Same idea as above, longer lasting construction. This writer built her own vertical storage rack by adapting this tutorial. If you’re a renter, you might opt for the tension rod solution.

4. Stash them in a big basket.

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It isn’t groundbreaking, but this is how our former Editor-in-Chief does it, and she’s really onto something. This way, they double as instant decor and also become incredibly easy to access. You can find large baskets for pretty cheap at IKEA, World Market, or TJ Maxx.

5. Slide them into a toe kick drawer.

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Your toe kicks (those few inches of space under your cabinets, right above your floors) can be converted into sneaky drawers. These drawers are perfect for flat items, and you can drop a few baking sheets right in.

6. Turn them into storage on a pan rack.

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Sheet pan racks are staples in restaurant kitchens, but we’ve been big on the idea of having one in a home kitchen, too. See, you can slide your sheet pans into the rack and use them as shelves to hold other tools and gadgets. And you can just leave a few empty so that you can pull them out when you need them. Roll the cart around to meet you at your work station and tuck it into a closet when you’re not cooking.

How do you store all of your cookie and baking sheets? Tell us in the comments below.