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.

Easy Murphy Desk DIY

My boyfriend works remote, and ever since we moved into the camper his “office” has been the kitchen table. This was quite annoying over time since his work supplies were taking up the space where we eat. We decided to remove the couch that we rarely used so we could put in a desk for him. Below you can see the space we had to work with and how to build a Murphy desk.

This is where the couch used to be and where we will be putting our new desk.

Supplies

  • A wood top: We bought a remnant piece of wood from Devo’s Custom Woodworking shop, that we found on Facebook Marketplace listing – here.
  • Legs: We used two 30″ black iron pipes, two 90 degree black iron fittings, and four black iron flanges to create an industrial look.
  • Wood screws
  • Two hinges
  • A drill / drill bits
  • Spray paint (optional)

Steps

  1. Find a Top: You can use just about anything as a top. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. We located a custom wood working business who sells remnant pieces and when we got there we fell in love with this piece. It is a mix of a hard and soft wood and was responsibly sourced from Costa Rica. We chose this piece specifically, because it matched the dimensions we needed. This will also be easy to match when we go back to get a piece for the bar area that we plan on building.

2. Attaching Hinges: Since the camper doesn’t have regular studs like a house would, we had to add extra support by using a furring strip board. Screw the hinges into the cut piece of board and attach them to the wall. If you have two studs to drill into then you can skip this step and just screw the hinges into the wall.

Hinges attached to the furring strip board

3. Adding Legs: For the first leg, take one of the 30″ pipes and screw a flange on each end. Next, use the drill and screws to attach the flange to the corner of the desk. Do the same thing for the second leg. (Optional: spray paint the legs for a sleeker look and maybe take off the tags lol)

4. Mounting the Top: Flip over your desk top with the legs attached. Line up the hinges with the edged of the desk. Don’t forget to make sure its level. Once in the right position, screw the hinges into place.

Now that you’re desk is all done, simply unscrew the pipe from the flange attached to the desk and now it is able to fold down. Fold it away to maximize space or keep it up to maximize productivity.