Check how I made cardboard drawers dividers for my office and also custom boxes for very awkward spaces, that way I could use every inch.
By now most of you already know that I love to use cardboard for pretty much everything I can think of =] so using it to organize my sewing room is not a surprise, but I still wanted to share because I know this can help someone else with problems similar to mine.
This will not be a step-by-step tutorial just because my build-in is custom, so I am not sure if my measurements will work for anyone else, but I am sharing the idea and how I made mine, so you can also organize with cardboard.
I customize the spaces to fit my craft and sewing supplies in each of my 4 drawers with cardboard inserts and the cost for all of that plus the cardboard drawers for the awkward space below the drawer was $0
- I used the leftover boxes from our move
- a hot glue gun,
- gummed kraft paper tape
- a ruler
- a Xacto knife and cutting mat.
Since my back was hurting really bad when I worked on this project I decided to work on the carpet instead of my work table, but if you have a dog that needs as much attention as Curly does you might need to change your plans, like I did – definitely not very productive with him asking for love all over my work area =]
For the organizers I first measure the width and height, cut a piece of cardboard 1/8 of an inch shorter so that I could have some moving room, I made a little circle cut on the back so that I could lift my piece from there once it's in the drawer.
Then I placed everything I wanted to organize on the drawer, made little groups and drew on the cardboard the separations that I was going to need.
I measure how deep the drawers were and cut pieces that fit my sketch of separations. I used the kraft tape to finish the top so that it would look better.
If you want to go the extra mile I would recommend you to either cover the cardboard with paper (easy and economic alternative), fabric or you can even paint them =] I decided to leave them just like that for now. I will probably make them pretty later, for now, I just focused on the functionality.
If you remember when I showed you the build-in revamp I mentioned how much I loved one of the compartments because it had a pull-out shelve that I could use for a future Serger. You can see the images below to refresh your memory =]
The good part of the built-in is that is fairly deep, but that means that the space below the drawer is awkwardly long. So anything that places there on the back could eventually be forgotten. I love having that space but I needed a way to be able to reach all the way down there. So I decided to make custom drawers for all of them.
I basically measured just like with the drawer-insert and also measured the dividers I needed for the inside depending on what I was going to place on the drawers. Here you can see the one I did for hair accessories and felt.
I also made some for elastics, zippers, and ribbons. Basically, anything that was small and didn't have a specific spot yet on my sewing/crafting room.
I cover the drawers with the kraft tape all over and made them double cardboard so that they would be reinforced in case I decided to put heavier stuff there. they slide fine and if I need to take something from the far back I can just pull the whole thing off.
So much easier than trying to find a container or plastic tubs that fit that really awkward space.
And here one of my favorite drawers, probably because of all the pink inside =]
This is my sewing accessories drawer, so I keep all needles and sewing machine parts along with all of my purse hardware and little things.
I love how organized everything is on the built-in and what a cheap way to do it, you can say it's eco-friendly too! because I recycled all of our moving boxes with all of the cardboard drawer-inserts I made, not just for the craft room but for our room and the nursery too =] but you'll get to see the rest later, once they are all pretty!
I hope you guys enjoyed and got inspired to organize with cardboard too =] it's so easy and budget-friendly!
Have a lovely and sunny day!