Organize Drawers by Building Drawer Dividers with Our DIY Guide

Take control of your junk drawer by building drawer dividers with this easy DIY custom storage solution that comes together in less than an hour.

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 day
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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 comes together in less than an hour. The measurements can easily be customized to fit any drawer's 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.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Measuring tape or ruler
  • 1 Table saw
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Clamps

Materials

  • 1 1/2-inch x 2-inch craft boards
  • 1 Wood glue

Instructions

  1. Make Cuts

    Cuts
    Piece Dimensions Quantity
    End pieces 12-7/8" x 1/2" x 2" 2
    Compartment pieces 9" x 1/2" x 2" 3
  2. Take Measurements

    Choose a drawer and empty its contents. Next, sort the items, grouping them by function or size. Next, measure the inside of the drawer and the things you plan to store there. This will help you determine the size of your DIY drawer dividers.

    Editor's note: This project works well for a kitchen utensil drawer, bathroom vanity, dresser, or junk drawer.

  3. Cut Wood and Arrange

    Cut the boards into pieces using a table saw, 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.)

  4. Assemble the Divider

    open drawer with dividers for silverware and spatulas
    Ryan Krull

    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.

Updated by
Lindsay Berger

Lindsay Berger is a prop and wardrobe stylist, producer, and more. She owns her own company, JL Productions, where she focuses on styling. She has covered numerous home stories for Better Homes & Gardens, from home tours to DIY how-tos. Lindsay is also the set designer and art director for As Seen on M.E., an online secondhand clothing retailer.

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