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DIY Custom Wooden Drawer Organizers

Hi, I'm Christene from the blog Keys to Inspiration. My blog is all about helping you discover creative, simple, and affordable ways to design a home you love!

Today I want to share my latest home DIY project - our custom wooden drawer organizers. One of my passions is DIYing things for our home and teaching others how to DIY too! Even if you don't think you're a DIY person, I can show you how easy it is to create amazing things for your home on a budget.

Custom drawer organizers for you home can be extremely expensive. I've wanted to get some of our kitchen drawers organized for a while now, but I was never comfortable paying the crazy prices for some of those really nice organizers.

The solution -- DIY ones ourselves! Let me show you how to make these amazing organizers using just a few materials.

Time: 2 Hours Cost: $40 Difficulty: Easy
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First, empty out your drawer and start organizing the items. Figure out which items actually belong in the drawer and start grouping them by type.
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Once you have an idea of what will go into the drawer, start placing the items by type into the drawer to get an idea of how you want them to be organized. This will give you an outline of the compartments for your item and will help you figure out where your wooden dividers will go.
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Next, measure around all of the items you placed in the drawer to figure out how big each compartment will be. We found that the best way to do this was to measure the largest item in that compartment and add some additional space around that item. We also took into account the thickness of the boards that we would be using for the dividers (1/4"). Use a piece of paper to draw the dividers and write down your measurements as you go. Use a piece of paper to draw the dividers and write down your measurements as you go.
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Once you have a plan sketched out on a piece of paper for your dividers, it's time to cut out all of the pieces.

Before we started cutting, we first made a cut list. A cut list is basically just what it sounds like - a list of all the sized pieces that you need to cut. When making a cut list, be sure to write down the largest pieces first and then the small pieces after. That way when you are cutting, you don't run out of wood.

To cut our wood pieces, we used our miter saw. But since the wood for this project is relatively thin, you could also just use a handsaw. This is a great, and more budget-friendly option if you don't have a miter saw. We use ours all the time for smaller projects.

To see exactly how we cut and measured the pieces, read the full blog post by clicking on the link at the end of this post.
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After all of the pieces were cut out, we brought everything into the kitchen and dry-fit them into the drawer.

We used a pencil to mark all of the places where a board intersected another board. That way we could assemble the pieces outside of the drawer and would know where to put the glue.

Here's the dry fit of the silverware drawer:
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Once we had a layout we liked and all the pencil marks where the boards intersected each other, we started creating the compartments.

Using our sketch from before and the pencil markings as a reference, we started attaching the boards together using {affiliate} Loctite glue.
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This {affiliate} square tool was perfect for keeping the pieces at right angles while gluing them together.
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We let each piece dry for a few minutes so that it wouldn’t fall apart. Then we moved the compartments into the drawer and used the Loctite glue again to attach the compartments to the sides of each drawer.
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Some of the pieces had to be glued individually once the main compartment structure was in place.

Every drawer layout will be different, so the best way to assemble the dividers is to place the largest component first and then build onto the structure from there.
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After everything was dried, we were finished!
Below you can see our finished silverware wooden drawer dividers.
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And here's the drawer filled with all of our silverware.
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And finally, our cooking utensils drawer!
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These wooden drawer organizers turned out exactly how I imagined! Perfectly fit for each drawer.
Now there is a compartment for everything and each item has a designated place. We decided to keep the wood unfinished because it makes the dividers look like they came with the drawers, just like a custom design.

These custom drawer organizers are perfect for kitchen drawers, but can also be used in so many different places in your home. I’ve got so many ideas for where I could use them in the future. And, because you create the layout, the options are limitless.

You can see the full DIY tutorial for the DIY Custom Wooden Drawer Organizers on the blog. Just click on the link at the end of this post.

>> Christene

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Materials I used for this project:

  • Unfinished Poplar Boards
  • Loctite
  • Measuring Tape
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To see more: http://www.keystoinspiration.com/diy-custom-wooden-drawer-organizers/

Got a question about this project?

  • Barbara Bateman
    Barbara Bateman Hubbard, IA
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Just curious if you glued the divider to the drawer bottom? Cleaning would be easier if the divider could lift out. Great idea, I need to make some too.

    • Christene @ Keys to Inspiration
      Christene @ Keys to Inspiration Cranberry Twp, PA
      on Jun 17, 2017

      We didn't glue it to the bottom but to the sides yes. We just wipe it down if it gets some crumbs or dust but these drawers don't really get messy. We also use a vaccum in the drawers to get out crumbs if needed >> Christene

  • Minnie farina
    Minnie farina Conroe, TX
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Beautiful job. Great talent.. But I am a helpless widow and must manage with individual plastic dividers that sell in Walmart, which I can rearrange when necessary. I also have other tools that I don't use as often that are stored in my oven drawer

    • Christene @ Keys to Inspiration
      Christene @ Keys to Inspiration Cranberry Twp, PA
      on Jun 17, 2017

      Those dividers can work just as well - I think that's great. Any attempt to get organized is a step in the right direction. >> Christene

  • TG
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Creative, beautiful and simple...AND quality time with the hubs...can't beat that! You have inspired my next project, thank you!

  • Karen Reilly
    Karen Reilly Sunapee, NH
    on Jun 16, 2017

    I use cereal boxes cut to size and tissue boxes they work great.

  • Eroque022810
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Looks great am in desperate need of some organization but I will have to purchase them because saws scare me. Never used one. I do say that it is beautiful.

  • Tina
    Tina Canada
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Love it, very brilliant ideas. Thanks for posting.

  • Mary Howard
    Mary Howard Chicago, IL
    on Jun 17, 2017

    I like this, but I need a bigger drawer LOL. I look at everyday and think it's time to clean and throw away all that I don't need. Then I say well, another day perhaps to organize all the drawers.

  • Lynn
    Lynn Bakersfield, CA
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Love this! Saved for the day I'm in my own house and not living in my mothers as her full time caregiver

  • Willie Simpson
    Willie Simpson College Station, TX
    on Jun 17, 2017


  • Julie M.
    Julie M. Las Vegas, NV
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Very nice.

  • JCowan
    JCowan Bay City, TX
    on Jun 17, 2017

    My husband and I have done this to all my drawers that I can in the kitchen and even next to my computer its awesome

  • Rena Noele
    Rena Noele Nora, IL
    on Jun 17, 2017

    HD had 'em................I bought 'em................ will start cutting tomorrow.

  • Ann Whitfield
    Ann Whitfield Las Vegas, NV
    on Jun 17, 2017

    I did a similar design for my husbands soak drawer and my tee shirt drawer and underwear drawer. Now I'm inspirited and I'll do the utility drawer next. It's a mess at the moment. Thanks.

  • Sasha
    Sasha Brooklyn, NY
    on Jun 18, 2017

    Very nice, $40? How many drawers did you do? If one, even two $40 a little too much.

    • Christene @ Keys to Inspiration
      Christene @ Keys to Inspiration Cranberry Twp, PA
      on Jul 3, 2017

      I did two drawers. $40 was just my estimate and we already had some of the supplies so it cost us a little less. >> Christene

  • Tamra
    Tamra San Antonio, TX
    on Jun 18, 2017

    I did say it was nice project. and it was just my "thought" ..that's why I like this place -the "give & take " of very cool projects & idea's for everyone. And most people are nice & respectful! :-) Have a great Day!

  • Mary Coakley
    Mary Coakley Ireland
    on Jun 18, 2017

    This is inspired they are every bit as beautiful as what you purchase in stores

  • Dona
    Dona Chicago, IL
    on Jun 19, 2017

    These are better than stores! Custom made and designed to fit your drawers. I just love them! My hubby made these for my old cabinets a few years ago and I've gotten tons of compliments on them. Now I have new cabinets the the old inserts just don't fit. Hubby promised to make them for the new cabinets. I just love that everyone shares their projects and ideas. I find things on this site that just amazes me! Thanks!

  • DiAnn
    DiAnn Mount Vernon, WA
    on Jun 25, 2017

    These look so nice. I can't find inserts that are the right size. Now I know how to make them myself. Thank you.

  • Barb
    Barb Webster, NY
    on Jul 1, 2017

    Thanks for the idea. They look very nice. I'm retired and wanted to find a less costly way. Paint Stirrers!! They have long and short ones. They worked great.

  • Kathy Powers
    Kathy Powers Chicago, IL
    on Jul 2, 2017

    Great idea but restrictive for me! I am a person with disability. I hang everything in plain sight. Gives interesting lines to my deco. I've notice in past organization efforts, I always get one utensil that is too big. It happens every time. That's why I like to hang stuff.

    • Rena Noele
      Rena Noele Nora, IL
      on Jul 6, 2017

      To each their own. Personally, I like to hide all my tools out of sight, but organized and within reach, just by opening a door or drawer.

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