make custom diy drawer dividers with this easy tutorial.
You know that cringey feeling when you open a very disorganized kitchen drawer? With every open, I think my heart sinks a little lower.
I’ve had it with the clanging and rolling around of utensils, the desperate search for a tiny vegetable peeler (why is always hiding in plain sight?), and the sheer waste of space that comes with a drawer in dissarray.
Enough of this chaos.
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Because today, we are making our own drawer dividers.
Things You’ll Need
- 1×2 wood
- Wood Glue
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Pocket Hole Screws – 1.25 (since I was using 3/4 inch wood)
- Table Saw
- Square tool/Level
- Tape Measure
- Wood Conditioner
DIY Drawer Dividers
Organize your drawers by making your own custom wooden drawer dividers.
Total time: 2 hours
Measure your drawer
Measure the inside dimensions of your drawer – the width, length and height.
Design a template
Create a layout for your drawer dividers. To start, we will have four pieces that go all the way around the inside perimeter of the drawer (like a border). Our drawer dividers will be connected to these border pieces. The dividers are more stable when you do it this way.
cut wood pieces
Using the dimensions from your template, cut your wood pieces (straight cuts) using a saw.
drill pocket holes
connect pieces together
Using the appropriate pocket hole screws, and the Kreg driver bit, connect the pieces together. I’m using 1.25 pocket hole screws because I have all 3/4 inch wood. Before driving in the screws, use a square tool or a level to make sure the dividers go in nice and straight.
sand the dividers
Use an orbital sander or a sanding block to sand the drawer dividers nice and smooth. You don’t want any rough edges sticking out. I did not stain or paint my dividers, but you can do that next if you want to.
Coat with Polyurethane
To protect your dividers, brush on a quick coat or two of polyurethane.
insert into your Drawer
Final step! Insert them into your drawer and get organizing! That’s so much better now, isn’t it?
And that’s all there is to it! I can’t tell you how much happier I am with these kitchen drawers. Everything is organized! Now I can always find that dang vegetable peeler. And dare I say it, I think I’m a better cook. (errr…maybe I took that one too far…)