Drawer Dividers

Try this inexpensive way to organize a messy drawer

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