Install drawer dividers
1 of 2
Install dentil molding
Glue dentil molding
around the inside of the
drawer and slip in
dividers. Use additional
molding to divide the
2 of 2
Close-up of dentil molding
Dentil molding is available at most home centers and lumber yards.
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.