Last fall I bought a small drawer divider for makeup on which I spent more than I wish to disclose. I have been wanting to make a drawer divider for my nightstand for quite some time. I made some large drawer dividers for my dresser a while back with this method. So, here is the slightly downsized version for my slightly over stuffed nightstand. Please excuse the random backgrounds. This project wasn't small enough to photograph in front of a sheet of white paper.
You will need:
- A pencil
- Ruler/Tape measure
- Razor knife or X-Acto Knife (Not pictured, I always seem to forget something)
2.Return items to drawer in organizing them into the spots where you would like them divided. (As you can see, compared to my first picture, things did get swapped around a little in the end.)
3. Use a ruler to draw straight lines dividing the bottom of the drawer into sections. (Something similar to a tic tac toe board usually works best. Staggered sections will probably not be your friend)
4. Measure length, width, and depth of drawer and figure out the number of pieces you'll need and their dimensions. (I ended up needing 2 pieces 12 3/4 X 3 inches, 1 piece 10 X 3 inches, and 1 piece 6 X 3 inches)
5. Mark your pieces on the cardboard and cut! Very carefully! (Try out the pieces one at a time that are the entire length and/or width of the drawer to make sure they fit securely, trim down any excess length, width, or depth as needed.)
Be careful with this step too since it's easy to cut pieces off and much more difficult to put them back on.
6. Mark the cross sections of your dividers and carefully cut halfway into each piece at each cross section. Make this cut no wider than the thickness of your cardboard to the dividers will fit together easily but will not be so loose that they fall apart. (Hello YouTube! I was watching some Tanya Burr vlogs. :) )
7. Assemble the dividers in the drawer, again, trimming carefully if needed.
8. Place your items into their new homes and enjoy a beautifully organized drawer!