DIY: Custom Drawer Organizer

Hey everyone! I hope you’re staying safe through this pandemic. I know it’s easy to run out of things to keep busy while at home, so today I’m going to share how to make a custom drawer organizer. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a shot. Beats buying those cheap plastic ones or organizers that just don’t fit your drawers. I would also like to point out that Home Depot is offering curbside pick up, so you can get these items easily with little exposure to others.

Materials Needed:

  • poplar boards
  • sand paper
  • wood glue
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • angle
  • clamps
  • circular saw
  • safety glasses
  • paint (optional)

Step 1:

Take out all of your utensils. Think about how many slots you’ll need, lay them out in sections, and measure as shown below.

Step 2:

Now you can purchase your materials. Depending on the size of your drawer you can choose different sizes of poplar board. The 1/4x3x4’s worked best for me since camper drawers are small. I measured and then cut them to the right size. For help with measuring and cutting click here.

Step 3:

Next, it’s very important that you use the sandpaper to sand all sides and any imperfections. Unfortunately, I didn’t have clamps to hold my straight edge and board, so my cut edge was not very straight. This meant I had to sand the ends to be as straight as I could get them (I highly recommend using clamps when cutting). Tips for sanding can be found here.

Step 4:

Now that you’ve cut and sanded your boards, set them up in your drawer to make sure they fit. Using a pencil mark along each of the creases that will be glued together as shown in the photo below.

Step 5:

Take two of your boards and glue them together. Tip: I used a Q-tip to get glue in the crevice and smooth/remove excess glue. Use clamps to keep them held together and follow drying instructions for the wood glue you used. Follow this step until all pieces are secured together. You can either enjoy your new organizer or move to the optional step.

Step 6 (optional) :

I felt that using spray paint was the easiest paint method for this project, but you can do the old fashioned brush method if you’d like. I chose white to match the interior of the drawer, so it all looks coherent. Allow paint to dry and voila! You now have a sweet custom drawer organizer.