Take control of your junk drawer with this custom storage solution that comes together in less than an hour.
Read step by step instructions after the video.

Messy kitchen drawers can make cooking a frustrating, time-consuming ordeal. For a smart storage solution, organize utensils and other cooking essentials with these easy DIY drawer dividers. This simple project utilizes inexpensive craft boards and wood glue, and it comes together in less than an hour. Plus, the measurements can easily be customized to fit any drawer dimensions. Beyond your silverware, these drawer dividers can also come in handy for organizing office supplies, bathroom toiletries, miscellaneous household objects (hello, messy junk drawer), or even your sock drawer. Follow our how-to instructions below to create DIY drawer dividers for all your organizing needs.

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 1 day
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Measuring, Cutting Wood, Gluing

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Take Measurements

Choose a drawer and empty out its contents. This project works well for a kitchen utensil drawer, bathroom vanity, dresser, or junk drawer. Sort the items, grouping them by function or size. Measure the inside of the drawer and the items you plan to store there. This will help you determine the size of your DIY drawer dividers.

Step 2

Cut Wood and Arrange

Using a table saw, cut the boards into pieces, sizing them according to your desired compartments or the cut list above. Arrange the divider's layout based on the measurements of your drawer. The exact layout will depend on your drawer's dimensions and the items you plan to store there. We used three shorter pieces between two long cuts to form a ladder-like assembly. Mark your desired measurements on the wood pieces with a pencil. (We made marks every 2.5 inches for the compartment pieces.)

open drawer with dividers for silverware and spatulas
Step 3

Assemble the Divider

Apply wood glue to the edge of a compartment piece and attach it perpendicularly to an end piece. Repeat with the other pieces to form compartments. Attach the other end piece to finish the divider. Use clamps to hold the pieces together and let the glue dry overnight. (You can also pin nail the pieces together for a more secure hold if desired.) Place the divider in the drawer and use the compartments to organize your items.

By Jessica Bennett and Lindsay Berger


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