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
- Cardboard Boxes
- Box cutter
- Acrylic paint (optional)
Measure the width, depth and length of your drawers.
Choose a cardboard box that can sit in the drawer, lengthwise and width-wise. The box does not need to fit perfectly.
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.
Use a pencil and a ruler to draw lines connecting the corners of the box where you cut it. These are your cut lines.
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.
Cut a cardboard strip from the leftover cardboard that is as wide as the box, plus 2 inches, and as tall as the box.
Fold down both short edges of the cardboard strips by 1 inch apiece. This creates a cardboard strip with bends like an unused staple.
Set the cardboard strip in the box so that it divides the box across the width.
Glue the cardboard strip to the box with glue applied to the two folded tabs.
Add more dividers using the same method described in steps 6 through 8 if you wish.
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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