What Do You Line Clothes Drawers With?

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What Do You Line Clothes Drawers With?
Lining drawers makes for a neat and colourful dresser. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Lining the inside of your drawers, either with a traditional medium or something more creative, is a quick and inexpensive way to update a tired, old piece of furniture. Choose fabric or paper that makes you smile every morning when you're getting ready for your day and change the smell and aesthetic of your room.

Contact Paper

Contact paper is a traditional choice for lining dresser drawers. With a shiny surface, it wipes clean easily. The back is sticky and adheres to the drawer, but comes up smoothly when you're ready for a change. One idea is to paint the bottom of your drawers and then cover them with clear contact paper for protection.


Wallpaper comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns that add style to your dresser. A roll of wallpaper is relatively inexpensive and enough to cover a whole bureau full of drawers. Make a template from newspaper to the measurements of your drawers, and then cut out pieces of wallpaper to lay inside the drawers, securing with double-sided tape.

Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is more delicate than contact or wallpaper, but inexpensive and easy to work with. Applying découpage medium to the inside of the drawer, followed by a cut-to-fit piece of wrapping paper and more découpage medium, makes a long-lasting and durable decoration for your dresser. Choose bright or bold patterns without worry about being overwhelmed, since you'll almost always only see one drawer at a time.


Fabric cut to fit and hemmed on all sides makes a tablecloth-like lining for your dresser drawers. Cut the fabric to the size of the inside of your drawers plus 1/2 inch on all sides. Iron under a 1/4-inch hem, followed by another 1/4-inch hem, on one side of the fabric. Stitch this hem in place and repeat on the opposite side. Do the same with the other two sides and lay the completed cloth inside your drawer. A little double-sided tape keeps the fabric in place.

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