How to Create a False Bottom Drawer

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How to Create a False Bottom Drawer
A drawer with a false bottom can be a blessing in a home with snooping residents. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Having a false bottom drawer might sound like something you'd see in the movies, where protagonists or villains hide important documents, drugs or weapons. However, there's no reason why you can't create your own false bottom drawer yourself. Such a drawer can be especially useful if you have snooping siblings, share a room or have a roommate. You don't have to be particularly handy to make one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 5-inch screws (4)
  • Rubber tips (4)
  • Drill
  • Wood filler stick
  • Wood stain
  • 2-inch nylon paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Select a drawer that is at least 10 inches deep. Measure the length and width of the bottom of the drawer.

  2. 2

    Visit a home supply retailer or hardware store and ask them to cut you a piece of plywood to the dimensions noted in Step 1. Purchase four 5-inch screws and four rubber tips to place on the point of each screw.

  3. 3

    Drill each screw into one of the four corners of the plywood so that every screw goes all the way through the wood and the head of the screw is flush with the plywood.

  4. 4

    Rub a wood filler stick against the head of each screw to blend it into the plywood. Stain the plywood to match the rest of the drawer with a 2-inch nylon paintbrush.

  5. 5

    Flip the piece of plywood over so that the points of the screws are all face up. Attach a rubber tip to each screw.

  6. 6

    Place your false bottom piece of plywood into your drawer. The screws will act as little legs supporting the new bottom, and the rubber tips will prevent the actual bottom from getting scratched.

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