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Drawer Dividers

Organize drawers with simple dividers. Use off-the-shelf trim to custom make a system to fit any drawer in an hour.

Install drawer dividers

Here’s a fast, inexpensive way to organize a messy drawer.

Cut standard dentil molding the width and length of your drawer, aligning the dentil slots on opposite sides. Glue or brad-nail the strips into place—one strip for dividers up to 2 in., two strips for larger dividers. For dividers, use oak or pine mull strip (sometimes called lattice) or rip 1/4-in. plywood.

Dentil molding and 1/4-in.-thick mull strip are available at most home centers and lumberyards for roughly $1 per foot each (the system we made cost $30). Sand the mull strip smooth with fine sandpaper, then wipe off all the dust. The wood can be left unfinished, or finished before it’s installed in the drawer.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Miter saw
    • Brad nail gun
    • Hot melt glue gun

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Dentil molding
    • Mull strip

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April 02, 1:52 PM [GMT -5]

We did this to the sock drawers. It is great! not as expensive as stated.

January 16, 1:32 PM [GMT -5]

Sounds like an expensive proposition at $30 per drawer. Both my work benches have 6 drawers. There has to be a cheaper way.

December 28, 7:43 PM [GMT -5]

For the drawer divider a few years ago, I used quarter round from the hobby store and strips of balsawood also from the hobby store. Just glued the quarter round in place down the length of the drawer where I wanted it and vertically on both ends. All were just a hair wider than the balsawood strip I placed between them. I was able to cut all the pieces with a box knife.

December 27, 11:48 PM [GMT -5]

Simple is usually the best and this project is a perfect example.

October 29, 11:07 AM [GMT -5]

Oh I do hope I can find some of this dentil molding...I think it will work to help me build my paper organizer box for my craft room. Thanks so much for this information I have never heard or seen dentil molding...but then again I haven't been looking for it either.

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