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DIY Drawer Dividers for Kitchen Utensils

Is your kitchen utensils drawer a tangled mess? I made these wooden drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick, and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.

I love cooking almost as much as I love organizing. But, cooking when I am pressed for time is a different story, and unfortunately, that tends to happen often. So, my utensils’ drawers pay for it when I rush trying to get dinner on the table.

I purchased a few drawer organizers at the dollar store, but I still couldn’t come up with a good configuration for my two kitchen utensil drawers. So, I decided to make my own custom wooden drawer dividers.

I wanted to make custom dividers for my kitchen drawers ever since I read this tutorial from Kevin & Amanda. It seemed easy enough until I got my husband involved, and we decided to take a few extra steps.


How to Make Your Custom Wooden Drawer Dividers

List of Tools and Materials

Here is a list of what you will need to build the wooden drawer dividers:

1. Create a Template

Before you start making the custom wooden dividers for your drawers, remember the saying ‘Measure twice, cut once.’ So, be very thorough and take the time to decide the layout you’d like. The more time you spend in this step the more custom your drawer dividers will be.

After settling on a drawer arrangement, count how many pieces of hobby board you will need and how long each one shouold be, according to your template.

After a very needed decluttering session of kitchen utensils, I took my final count of utensils and laid them inside the drawers again and created an imaginary template. You can also use masking tape or trace thin lines with a pencil.

Kitchen Utensils Drawer #1

  • (2) 15 1/2 inch pieces. One for the back of the drawer (arrow not depicted) and one for the front. These run from left to right.
  • (3) 15-inch pieces.
I made these DIY drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.

Kitchen Utensils Drawer #2

  • (2) 15 1/2 inch pieces – One for the back of the drawer (measuring line not depicted), and one for the front
  • (3) 13 1/4 inch pieces
  • (1) 5 1/2 inch piece
I made these DIY drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.

2. Cut The Hobby Board

With a miter saw, cut to the right size each one of the pieces measured in Step 1.

Pro Tip: we cut a groove in each separation, in order to snap the pieces into place. I thought it would reinforce the sides of the dividers. This was an extra step we did with the miter saw, however, it is not strictly necessary. 


3. Glue The Pieces Together

After cutting the pieces,  glue them together leaving the exact spacing and making the exact configuration as in the templates. Then, let them air dry.

I made these DIY drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.

The tutorial I read ended here. However, I noticed that the craft wood was leaving lots of dust and it looked unfinished. So I took two extra steps.


4. Sand The Wood – Optional

Hobby board is very rough (notice the edge of the end piece in the picture below). So, once the drawer dividers were completely dry, I sanded the rough edges of every piece. It took me less than 15 minutes to do it all.

I made these DIY drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.

5. Add a Finish – Optional

I also sealed the drawer dividers to give them an even more custom look. One coat of fast-drying polyurethane was enough to make a difference in the dividers.

The picture below shows a comparison of a divider without sanding or finish (left), and a wooden divider sanded and finished with semi-gloss poly (right). This shows that it is definitely worth taking the two extra steps.

And here is the final product:

Drawer Dividers For Cooking Utensils

This drawer is immediate to the right of the stove, and I keep here all the utensils I need while cooking. I love how custom it is, and the wooden dividers look like they are built-in the drawer.

Drawer Dividers For Kitchen Gadgets

This drawer is right next to the cooking utensils drawer. Here I keep gadgets and utensils needed for meal prep and some other gadgets that I don’t use too often. For example, ice cream scoops, pie server, garlic press, pizza cutter, nutcracker, etc.

I made these DIY drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.

Before: Kitchen Drawers Without Dividers

What a difference from before!

I made these DIY drawer dividers for my kitchen utensils in a day. It was a very easy, quick and affordable project that you too can do it yourself.

Making these DIY drawer dividers was a project born from the desperate need of an organized and uncluttered utensils drawer. You too can make your own kitchen drawers look custom with this easy DIY dividers project.

Have questions, leave me a comment below!

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6 Comments

  1. How did you do small notches with your miter saw. I like that idea for stability but don’t know how to do it?

    1. Hi Jayne! All you have to do is mark your notch with pencil (1/4″ wide) and bring the blade down only halfway through the wood thickness, being careful you don’t cut all the way through. Then, you will have to make the cut a few times (depending on your blade’s thickness) moving the board towards the left (or right) until you reach the 1/4″ width. Hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by!

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