DIY Custom Drawer Dividers

DIY Custom Drawer Dividers in Under 15 Minutes

Make your own custom drawer dividers in under 15 minutes! No fancy tools needed!

Thanks to Netflix and Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, the world is suddenly obsessed all over again with decluttering mastermind Marie Kondo and her spark joy method of clearing the clutter. The part I love most is her unique Konmari method clothing organisation, so it inspired a super quick DIY project – custom drawer dividers.

Custom Drawer Dividers made from cardboard
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The best part is that these DIY drawer dividers were created using things already lying around the house! So essentially a totally free drawer makeover!


You can make your own DIY drawer dividers cardboard style and not only is it going to cost you virtually nothing, it will take all of about 15 minutes to do! This is such a quick and easy way to transform your drawer space for organising clothing.

This tutorial is one you can easily adapt to drawers of any size, and it does not need to be limited just to clothing organisation.

Check out the quick video tutorial here: 

Benefits of Drawer Dividers

If you’re anything like me, if you’ve got a lot of space, you will pretty much just keep shoving roughly folded up clothes into the drawers to the point where I’ve got no clue what is underneath that top layer. Or up near the back.

When you divide up the drawers, it is a great way to encourage neater clothing storage, especially if you use the KonMari vertical clothing folding method. You can divide up your drawers so that each space is a perfect size for the type of clothing. This was my big motivator for creating DIY dresser drawer dividers.

DIY Custom Drawer Dividers

How to Make Drawer Dividers

What You Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Wrapping or scrapbook paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
Supplies to make cardboard dividers for drawers

Instructions For DIY Clothes Drawer Dividers:

  1. Measure the height and width dimensions of your drawer along where you want your cardboard dividers to fit.
  2. Mark out the lines and size of your dividers on your cardboard or box then take care to cut them to size. Check size in the drawer before you cover your divider and make any necessary adjustments.
  3. Measure your wrapping paper or scrapbook paper large enough to cover both sides of your divider, folder over. Unless you’re eager to keep your dividers as their authentic self… beer branding and all in our case. Nope.
  4. Adhere pieces of cardboard to paper using double-sided tape. Alternatively, you can use contact paper instead.
  5. Insert dividers into your drawer in the positions you want them. Add extra reinforcement with wide sticky tape if needed at the ends of the drawer. This will help prevent them from moving.
Cut cardboard to size
Cover cardboard with paper
DIY Custom Drawer Dividers

AND THAT’S IT… organised t-shirt drawer in around 15 minutes!! A completely simple DIY project and the end result is kinda magical! In fact, I managed to reduce my clothing down from 3 overflowing drawers that wouldn’t shut, to 2 tidy drawers that glide with ease and display everything easily.

I would love to get it down even lower though so a further cull is due soon!

We also set up the kids drawers with DIY drawer dividers for clothes organisation and it has made a huge difference to keeping their dresser drawers tidy. Although, they definitely need another clothing cleanout. Kids clothes seem to take over the household!

Before & After Drawer Makeover

DIY Custom Drawer Dividers
DIY Custom Drawer Dividers

Konmari Method Clothes Organisation

Using a vertical clothing folding method, you can fit more in your drawer and also see everything easily. I am loving this new method of storing clothes in my dresser drawers, after a lifetime of bad habits! Clothing has always been my weak point with organisation.

You can learn more about the Konmari Method in Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever.

Kon Mari Folding Tutorial 

Check out how Marie Kondo folds clothing, including how to suit a Kon Mari drawer organisation method:

Drawer Divider Alternatives

If you aren’t so keen for the DIY option, or you need something a little sturdier for other areas of your home, such as kitchen drawer dividers, where cardboard may not be strong enough to hold long term, there are a few great alternatives.

Storage Boxes

Shallow storage boxes that fit inside your drawers are a good option if you want to be able to take things out of your drawer for a closer look… especially when it comes to utensils and bits and bobs. You can find some great options in your local storage or department store.

Don’t underestimate the potential of your local discount variety store too. These storage boxes are great for your bras and underwear.

Plastic Drawer Dividers

If you want to make custom segments in your drawer, plastic grid dividers are a great drawer organiser option. They can be slotted into different positions to create the right size section for your needs.

You can create grid shapes to fit things like underwear, socks or individual items of clothing if this is easier for you than the Konmari vertical folding method.

Adjustable Drawer Dividers

If you have really large or long drawers, it can be harder to find the right size dividers to suit. This is also a potential issue when using cardboard dividers with them lacking the firmness in the centre if the divider is really long.

In these cases, adjustable drawer dividers are a great option. They can be adjusted to suit the size of your drawer, are reusable and re-adjustable if you decide to repurpose them elsewhere. They can come in so many different styles too that you can often find ones that will blend in with your drawer.

More Clothing Organisation Tips

Keep the momentum going now that you’ve begun and work your way through your entire wardrobe. Clothing tends to be one of the biggest clutter zones for most people and it can be hard to part with them. Here are a few other resources to help you tame your clothing clutter:

Do you have any drawers that are in huge need of a makeover? Clothes or bits and bobs – what’s your biggest need?

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