DIY Organizing Kitchen Drawers

We all have that one drawer in the kitchen that takes more time to dig thru to find the utensil we need than the time we need to use it.

It doesn’t take a lot to make some dividers for these drawer to make your cooking life a little easier.

Organizing kitchen drawers can be done cheaply. With just a few pieces for wood, some glue and nails, you can have this project done in just a short time.

Start with designing a plan. Do a layout on paper of what size compartments you will need to house the items in the drawer.

Picture of $10 Custom Drawer Dividers

To get Started

What you will need:
Lumber- you can get a nice piece of Poplar from a lumber yard for a few dollars.
Wood Glue- I prefer TiteBond Wood Glue, it holds better than the wood grain itself.
1 or 1 1/4″ brad nails
Drill with a 1/16″ drill bit
Table Saw
Chop saw
Clamps- Not necessary, but helpful.
Square- I like to use a combination square but a speed square would work just fine.
Tape Measure

Once you have a plan, it is time to do the careful measuring to make it work. For this design I interlocked any pieces I could to add strength to the joints. It also eliminates the need for a bunch of little pieces. With your tape measure, or even your combination square, mark where you will need to make cut-outs and where you will be attaching pieces together. Once you have the marks, use your square to make clean straight lines to follow.


With your notches cut, it is time to assemble. Test your pieces to make sure that they go together. You make need to open up a notch just a hair to get them to fit. You do want to make sure that they are tight, so I recommend cutting them small at first and going back to the saw a couple of times until they are just right. Measure twice and cut once? Not it this case. Measure as much as you need and cut a few times to get it right. Just don’t cut it too much.

Put a nice amount of glue on all seams, making sure to cover all the surfaces to be glued. You will have spill out and that is great. Wipe off the excess. You want to make sure that the glue is making a solid bond. As I mentioned earlier, Titebond will bond stronger than some wood grain itself, so let it do its thing.

See all the steps of this great project at

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