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How to Make Plastic Drawer Dividers

Plastic drawer dividers offer a simple, practical way to keep your drawers organised and prevent the age-old problem of the ‘junk drawer!’ Rather than wasting time sifting through your drawers looking for that pesky paper clip or pair of kitchen scissors, drawer dividers ensure you can find anything you need in an instant.

Even better—you don’t need to splurge and buy expensive plastic drawer dividers from a craft or tool shop. They’re super easy to make yourself. Here’s how!

Materials you’ll need

You can start making dividers for your plastic drawers using items you probably already have around your workshop or office. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plastic sheets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cutting tool (i.e., scissors, utility knife)
  • Measuring tape
  • Washable marker
  • Ruler or level

Clear plastic sheets are a great option since you’ll be able to plainly see what’s inside each section of the drawer. If you prefer a non-transparent aesthetic or want clearer division between sections, opaque sheets could work, too.

Once you have all your tools and equipment ready, it’s time to start measuring and cutting.

Measuring and cutting plastic sheets

Now, the fun begins! Start by deciding how large you need your plastic drawer dividers to be. Do this by taking a measurement from one inner edge of the drawer to the other using your measuring tape.

Once you’ve taken your measurement, mark your plastic sheets to size using a washable marker. Cut the sheets down to size using sharp scissors or a utility knife. Your ruler or level can help you make the cuts evenly.

Cut as many pieces as you need to divide up your drawers. If you’d like to, you can also cut notches into the top and bottom edges of certain sheets so they can slot into each other, creating multiple smaller compartments.

Attaching the dividers to your drawers

Once you have all of your plastic pieces cut to size, it’s time to attach them to your drawers. 

Start by applying hot glue to the divider pieces, making sure not go to overboard—a little can go a long way. Set the dividers in place and hold them steady until the glue dries, continuing until you’ve installed every piece.

Divider customisation

There are many ways to customise your DIY drawer dividers to give them a clean, organised look and make it easier for you to find what you need.

You could try:

  • Adding labels to identify the contents of each compartment,
  • Colour coding compartments with stickers,
  • Attaching decorative elements like washi tape or ribbon,
  • Using colourful plastic sheets to match your workspace’s colour scheme.

The only limit when it comes to customisation is your creativity—so don’t be afraid to try and see what works!

Enjoy an organised space on a budget

Making your own plastic drawer dividers is a cheap and easy DIY project that can save your business hundreds of dollars—and make it much easier for you to keep your equipment, tools, and stationery organised.

With these easy-to-follow steps, you can say goodbye to cluttered drawers and hello to a picture-perfect setup in no time!

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