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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
This {affiliate} square tool was perfect for keeping the pieces at right angles while gluing them together.
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.
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.
After everything was dried, we were finished!
Below you can see our finished silverware wooden drawer dividers.
And here's the drawer filled with all of our silverware.
And finally, our cooking utensils drawer!
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/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Pastrickb
    on Jun 16, 2017

    This looks great! Now I just have to get Hubby on board.

  • Helenehi
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Love it!

  • Anntcrochet
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Super nice and organized

  • Absolutely love it

  • Marsgreen7
    on Jun 16, 2017

    We've found these dividers already made that fit just perfect in the drawers we use...but this is a great idea and "genius" design....if you need one this specific..~!!!!

  • Porche296
    Porche296 United Kingdom
    on Jun 16, 2017

    I am a bit of a neat freak. This is fab! Thank you...

  • Debra McMenamin
    Debra McMenamin Essex, MD
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Love this very much!!

  • Ronell Homan
    Ronell Homan
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Really great idee

  • Cape Codder
    Cape Codder Sandwich, MA
    on Jun 16, 2017

    We, too, have ready-made drawer organizers, but custom-made ones would be awesome! The key is the first step: getting rid of the unnecessary & unused junk that accumulates! (Not in Hamden, CT!)

  • Theresa Shearer
    Theresa Shearer Canada
    on Jun 16, 2017

    What a great idea Christene! So neat and tidy.

  • AJB
    AJB Catlettsburg, KY
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Heck no! I've had the Rubbermaid organizers for years for my drawers. Any others I need, I pick up little organizing trays at Dollar Tree. We even bought those for my daughter's desk at the high school where she teaches. Cheaper than $40 for sure!

    • Pwhkrh
      on Jun 16, 2017

      Your ideas - inexpensive, easily attainable trays - have been working for years, and just as well - AND a heck of a lot cheaper, AIB. There are much more important organizational areas of a home than the kitchen drawers, anyway. Who are they trying to impress??? LOL!

  • Melinda Lockwood
    Melinda Lockwood Columbia, MO
    on Jun 16, 2017

    We did this several years ago and found if you air nail small brads in addition to gluing up the dividers, they will never fail due to glue breakdown and/or accidental bumps. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  • Rogea
    Rogea Trenton, MO
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Can't wait to show off my drawers. I really like the paper idea, but plan to use my table saw, love to hear it run.

  • Debra White
    Debra White
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Wow great idea! I buy tray in store and still no room? My draw is full of it not just few like in picture?

  • Zev Kornbluh
    Zev Kornbluh Israel
    on Jun 16, 2017

    great job ,organized ,everything in it,s place ,I do a few things with wood ,so relaxing after work ,but I only use wood from pallets ,I use my electric hand planer to make a new piece of wood in just seconds ,you can also make the wood as thin as you need it to be ,keep up the great work Hometalk ,you give many people the courage to make such usefull projects ,thanks ,zev

  • Sherry Fram
    Sherry Fram Charleston, AR
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Very smart idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Slpajor
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  • Sian
    Sian United Kingdom
    on Jun 16, 2017

    I made these twice (had a new kitchen) from old white drawer sides; I also made lots of ‘steps’ to organise cupboards & worktops, though I used brackets to hold those together as they were weight-bearing. Now is the time for a classier look! I will also extend it to my ‘Junk’ drawer, which many of us Brits have in a kitchen for some reason! I just looked quickly & saw fuses, iron-on hems, artist's paintbrushes, batteries, sticky/duct/parcel tapes, washing bags & tools used often, like scissors, safety blades & pliers. I also saw a load of JUNK like plugs, totally redundant as electricals come with factory-sealed plugs nowadays. Gone too will be all the hook things kept 'just in case' I may need to hang whatever in future - haven't needed them in 20 yrs, they're RUBBISH!!!
    They look so good I shall also do the drawers in our bedrooms, little wooden cubes will be much better than cheap-quality plastic dividers that cost a lot; longer spaces for hair dryer, tongs, straighteners etc, you see, I’ve got the idea!
    If no rotary saw, these are easily cut with a good hand-saw (don't buy cheap-quality tools). If you snap up a rotary at a car-boot sale or buy a small one, never use it in a home - I did years ago to turn dumped wardrobes/chests into custom-made furniture. Not only did my lungs take a month to recover, but the sawdust got everywhere, literally everywhere, in cupboards, bags, the toilet tank; I needed a good shower too & my home a massive clean-up operation! If you use in a garage, I recommend wearing a mask & covering longer hair.

  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate Nashua, NH
    on Jun 16, 2017

    WOW, this is by far the nicest drawer organizer I have ever seen. A place for everything and everything in its place. FANTASTIC JOB.

  • Willie Simpson
    Willie Simpson
    on Jun 16, 2017

    This is great; the thing that is clever in this project, is your idea to lay out the collected items in the drawer Before making anything .. custom bears store bought any day.. great job ..

    • Willie Simpson
      Willie Simpson
      on Jun 17, 2017

      ( correction .. of the word bears 🐻.. change to beats) ( but I suppose that by now, everyone reads autocorrect as an additional language:-) [ps. Still thinking about "bears" as a verb type; " custom bears .... can you bear ( outdoo?) something.. idk... ]. .. maybe through us as an acronym {beats......every.....approach.....roundly}~:-/ 👎 Rule number 1 .proofread all texts before pressing send.. you don't know what autocorrect has done to you:-)

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