Assembling Your Own Drawer Organizer

What You'll Need
Hardwood or any type of wood you desire
Table saw with blade for cutting thin wood
Sander or sand paper

A great way to make your drawers more functional is with a drawer organizer. These come in a variety of different materials, shapes and styles. Many specialty stores have entire sections devoted to just drawer organizers, or you can build your own.

Organizing a drawer can be beneficial no matter what room of the house it is in. Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and even the garage have drawers where clutter can reign if given the freedom. A drawer organizer will alleviate a lot of frustration when trying to find something small or valuable.

Build or Buy

You can go to any store today and find a wide variety of drawer organizers in plastic, wood, ceramic and even cardboard. The drawback to buying drawer organizers is that they don't always fit in the drawer, and they may not contain enough areas to store your items.

Building your own drawer organizers is a great alternative as it is inexpensive, easy, and only requires the use of some basic tools.

Organize Your Organizer

The first step to assembling your drawer organizer to figure out what you need. Take some measurements of the drawer and what you would like to store. Think about how many pockets you would like and how big each one should be.

Cut Strips

Take the thin pieces of hardwood rip it down in to at least half the size of your drawer. If your drawer has a depth of 12 inches, then you would rip strips to 6 inches. Cut enough for your overall plan.

Cut Bottom Out

Cut a larger piece of wood to the dimensions you need for your drawer. You do not have to make it a snug fit in the drawer. Give it a little room to wiggle so you can easily remove it for cleaning.

Once you have cut the bottom out, sand the edges. Remember to place some tape on the underside of the area you are cutting to reduce splintering, which can happen easily in very thin wood.

Dado the Strips

The easiest way to connect your strips to make an organizer is to make dado cuts in each strip. If you have no plan for special sizes, cut a uniform number of dados.

These cuts should be all the same width and depth. Usually, the width of 1 saw blade is enough space to whatever suits your needs. Cuts spaced out every 4 inches will give you 4-inch squares.

Assemble the Puzzle

The fun part is putting together all the strips to form a grid of boxes. Simply slide the pieces together using the dados you just cut. Flip one strip over, line up the dados and slide them together.

Glue to Bottom

Once you have the grid assembled, glue it to the bottom you had previously cut out.


After the glue sets, sand the glue residue off and apply several coats of stain or sealant for protection and decoration.