If you’re anything like me, the drawers in your home are always disorganised and overflowing. The problem is, we don’t have room for more drawers.
That’s where custom-sized DIY drawer dividers can help. Whether you’ve got a kitchen drawer stuffed with utensils, a disastrous craft drawer in the living room, or a messy workout clothes drawer in your bedroom, these DIY drawer dividers can help.
Our design is for a clothing chest of drawers, but you can easily adapt it to any size and shape.
Drill and drill bit index
Finishing sander with 120 and 180 grit paper
Mitre saw or hand saw
Screwdriver or impact driver
Table saw or circular saw and straight edge
1 sheet 10mm furniture grade plywood
38mm flat-head wood screws
Wood finish of your choice (optional)
Step 1: Remove and measure the drawer
Remove the drawer, being careful not to damage it or its sliders.
Place the drawer gently on the floor, then get your tape measure and your phone (or a notepad and something to write with).
Measure all inner dimensions of the drawer: length, width and depth.
Note the measurements in your phone or write them down.
Step 2: Design the divider
Decide which objects you’d like to store in the drawer, and how to organise them.
Measure these objects, then decide how to divide the drawer space to make the best use of it.
Record all measurements, then draw a top-view diagram of how your drawer divider will look. You could also use a simple sketching app. (It doesn’t have to be too neat, just clear enough so you understand how the parts will be arranged.)
Calculate the precise number and length of divider pieces you’ll need. The finished unit will be a plywood rectangle with smaller pieces of plywood fastened within the perimeter pieces, forming the divisions.
Aim to make the outer rectangle of your divider 3mm smaller in length and width than the inner dimensions of the drawer.