How to Make Drawer Liners

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How to Make Drawer Liners
Protect and scent clothing with homemade drawer liners (Clothes in the chest of drawers image by Galaiko Sergey from

Drawer liners keep clothing clean and prevent snags to delicate fabrics while providing a nice, custom touch to any bedroom decor Scented liners also infuse clothing items with subtle fragrance, eliminating the need to apply perfume to the skin. In the kitchen or bathroom, liners can add elegance or whimsy while also preventing drawer contents from scraping against the drawer bottom, or rattling around each time the drawer is opened or closed. You can make drawer liners inexpensively from a variety of materials using basic tools found in most homes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Drawer lining material of choice
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Perfume, potpourri or aromatic herbs (optional)
  • Double-sided tape (optional)
  • Clear contact paper (optional)

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  1. 1

    Remove all contents from the drawer and clean out remaining dust or debris.

  2. 2

    Measure the inside length and width of the drawer bottom with the measuring tape. Be as accurate as possible, rounding down each measurement to the nearest ...-inch.

  3. 3

    Adhere clear contact paper to the front of the lining material, if desired.

  4. 4

    Lay the lining material face down on a hard, flat surface and mark the measurements on the back of the drawer liner using dots placed every few inches. Use the ruler to connect the dots and draw straight cutting lines.

  5. 5

    Cut the lining material and place inside the drawer, checking for proper fit. Trim, if necessary.

  6. 6

    Spray the back side of the lining material with perfume and let dry, or sprinkle fine potpourri or aromatic herbs into the bottom of the drawer, if desired.

  7. 7

    Position the liner inside the drawer. Use double-sided tape to hold the liner firmly in place, if desired.

  8. 8

    Put the contents back into the drawer.

Tips and warnings

  • Use wallpaper samples or leftover wallpaper as drawer lining material.
  • Make drawer liners from heavy fabric or vinyl.
  • For durable liners that wipe clean with a damp cloth, laminate the right side of fabric or paper with clear contact paper prior to cutting to size.
  • To make cushioned liners, use quilted or padded fabric.
  • To protect clothing when lining drawers with paper, use only paper labelled as acid free.

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