Homemade Drawer Dividers

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Homemade Drawer Dividers
Box cutters allow for more control when cutting cardboard. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

When you want to keep your desk or your closet organised, drawer dividers allow you to keep your items sorted and easy to locate when you are in a hurry. They create more discrete storage spaces for your items, allowing everything to have its own space without a need for buying more storage. Drawer dividers are easily made at home and they add another dimension of orderliness to your storage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Box cutter
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint (optional)

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  1. 1

    Measure the width, depth and length of your drawers.

  2. 2

    Choose a cardboard box that can sit in the drawer, lengthwise and width-wise. The box does not need to fit perfectly.

  3. 3

    Measure out the depth of the drawer starting from the bottom of the cardboard box and mark it. Mark it at all four corners of the box.

  4. 4

    Use a pencil and a ruler to draw lines connecting the corners of the box where you cut it. These are your cut lines.

  5. 5

    Cut down the box along the cut lines you drew using a box cutter. You can use scissors, especially if the cardboard is thin, but a box cutter gives you a straight line. You now have a shallow box that fits inside your drawer.

  6. 6

    Cut a cardboard strip from the leftover cardboard that is as wide as the box, plus 2 inches, and as tall as the box.

  7. 7

    Fold down both short edges of the cardboard strips by 1 inch apiece. This creates a cardboard strip with bends like an unused staple.

  8. 8

    Set the cardboard strip in the box so that it divides the box across the width.

  9. 9

    Glue the cardboard strip to the box with glue applied to the two folded tabs.

  10. 10

    Add more dividers using the same method described in steps 6 through 8 if you wish.

  11. 11

    Paint the drawer dividers with acrylic paint if you wish to give it some colour.

Tips and warnings

  • A cereal box with the top taped shut and one large side cut out makes a good desk drawer divider.
  • Use patterned contact paper or fabric secured with glue to line the inside of an organiser, giving it a more lively look.

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