DIY DRAWER ORGANIZER
Got commercial organizers that fail to
fit? Make your own. By Conrad Hopkins
Store-bought drawer organizers hardly ever fit my
drawers. They’re not the same size as my drawers,
nor are they as deep. So, they don’t actually organize
all that well.
But it’s possible to make a custom drawer organizer for any drawer in your kitchen, workshop, or
desk. Here’s how to do it easily and inexpensively.
1. Measure the height, width, and depth of your
drawer. My drawer is 19¾" long, 10¼" wide, and
Then draw a picture and decide how you want
to divide it up (Figure A). Now measure each compartment, taking into account the thickness of the
material being used as dividers.
2. Write up a materials list. I used 1" clear acrylic
(plexiglass) because it looks clean and is washable
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1" acrylic sheet (plexiglass) or other material
to use as the body, such as wood
Glue and applicator I used TAP Acrylic Cement
( tapplastics.com). You could also use Weld-On
#3 or #4.
Weights I used some metal bars, but canned food,
small free weights, or even a container filled with
sand or water would work.
(as opposed to wood). My measurements came out
as follows. The 8 smaller pieces are for the 2 end
pieces and 6 interior dividers.
Photography by Conrad Hopkins
Paper and pencil
MAPP gas torch or propane torch (optional)