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The Custom: Full-Drawer Customized Insert

Solid wood, adjustable, custom made drawer insert organizers. Your choice of layout.

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Our custom drawer inserts are made of solid maple with a clear, urethane finish that resists stains. Divide your drawer into sections and further subdivide those section with our thin movable dividers. These drawer organizers are sized to fit your drawer and designed by you to fit your particular needs.

Also available are fixed divider inserts. These inserts have not slots and all of the thin dividers are fixed in place. Use our regular ordering process and follow the instructions on the final page regarding how to request a fixed divider insert.

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All of the information below can be found in our design/ordering wizard. As you work through the wizard, you'll come to the information below as you need it. You can read here, or you can get started by getting an instant quote.

You can continue reading about the product and ordering process below, but all of the following information is in our ordering wizard and is available if/when it's needed in the order wizard.

Step 1&2: Enter your drawer dimensions & view estimate

We need to know the size of your drawer. Be as accurate as you can. We'll take off a little (one eighth inch, to be exact) to ensure that our insert fits into your drawer.

The best way to get an accurate measurement is to measure your drawer multiple ways - preferably in more than one manner. The easiest way to measure - but not necessarily the most accurate - is in the following manner. Measure the drawer in three points - front, middle, and back - to check for consistency. Enter the smallest measurement in the fields

Sometimes the tip of a tape measure will be bent or broken. Even a new tape measure may have this problem! If that's the case or if you are unsure, try this:

Instead of measuring by starting from zero (the tip), you can measure starting from 10 inches or any other round number. Then just subtract the start number from your measurement. It is especially difficult to measure to the corners of the drawer. If using the +10 method above, it can be difficult to see exactly where the corners on the bottom of the drawer begin. Using the following credit card method can help.

A credit card or ID card is a standard size: 2.125" wide. Lay a credit card against a side of the drawer. Measure from one end to the credit card. Then add in the width of the card.

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Some people have vision problems that make it hard to read the fine lines on a tape measure. Others may have trouble interpreting those lines to arrive at a measurement. ("Is this seven-sixteenths or nine-sixteenths?") In these cases, you need to get help. We cannot accept returns of custom inserts unless the fault is ours. It's a hard line, we know, but it helps keep the price low for everyone else. Thanks for your understanding.

We'll need to work around those rounded corners. We recommend that you simply build up the bottom of your drawer (with something like dominoes or match boxes) until the curved part is cleared. You'll need to order an insert with an attached wood bottom. Then the insert would sit on top of the built up drawer bottom.

The form above allows internal drawer widths and depths of between 4 and 40 inches.

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Step 3:Choose a Height and Bottom Option

The height of your insert is the height of the usable storage you'll have in your insert.

Bottom Options

Your choice of bottom-type will affect your insert's overall height.

Bottom Type Additional Height
No bottom 0"
Wood bottom <0.25"

Should I get an attached wood bottom?

In some cases, it's simply a matter of preference. Some people find it easier to clean bottomless inserts and/or want to use a mat in their drawer. There are some instances in which we recommend attached wood bottoms.

This information is best digested in our order/planning process. In the order wizard, you'll get this information just when you need it to make a decision. You can get started here.

"This is overwhelming!"

Can I make the insert taller than the drawer box?

Example: your drawer box is 1.75" tall, but you are wanting a 2" tall drawer insert. Can that be done?

The real limit of your insert's height is not the height of your drawer, but rather the clearance to the cabinet frame above the drawer. All drawers have some clearance above the drawer box. There is no standard clearance in the cabinet industry: some are small, others are considerable. Measure from the drawer bottom to the nearest obstruction to see if the insert will fit in your drawer; don't forget to check all the way back into the interior of the cabinet body. We recommend leaving at least .25" of clearance between the top of your insert and the obstruction above.

What are the wood wedges/shims I see in some of your pictures?

We ship small wood wedges with every custom insert. Use the wedges in the space between the sides of your drawer and the corners of the insert. Not only will the wedges keep the insert from shifting in your drawer, they will pin the insert to the drawer's bottom, decreasing instances of utensils creeping under the insert's walls.

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Step 4: Size Confirmation & Hardware Screws

Your custom drawer insert will be sized slightly smaller than your drawer's dimensions.

The insert's width will be 1/8" less. This will leave 1/16" of space between the insert and both sides of your drawer.

The insert's depth will be 1/8" less, leaving 1/16" of space in the front and back, UNLESS you have hardware screws protruding at the front of your drawer. In that case, the insert's depth will be 1/4" less than the drawer's depth, leaving 1/16" in the back and 3/16" of space in the front.

Step 5: Education on Fixed Walls and Movable Dividers

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Your custom insert will be made up of 1/2" thick fixed walls and thin movable dividers. The fixed walls create sections within the insert. Typically, the sections are subdivided into compartments by movable dividers.

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Our Templates

Carola template
"Carola"
Mary Ann template
"Mary Ann"
Brandi template
"Brandi"
Susan template
"Susan"
Brie template
"Brie"
Richard template
"Richard"
Shelly template
"Shelly"
Jill template
"Jill"
Andrea template
"Andrea"
Millie template
"Millie"
William template
"William"
Linda template
"Linda"
Cody template
"Cody"
Rene template
"René"
Jeffrey template
"Jeffrey"
Neil template
"Neil"
Paul template
"Paul"
Cheryl template
"Cheryl"
Matthew template
"Matthew"
Ana Ruth template
"Ana Ruth"
Elizabeth template
"Elizabeth"
Theodore template
"Theodore"
Eric template
"Eric"
Kari template
"Kari"
DeAnn template
"DeAnn"
Phillip template
"Phillip"
Alex template
"Alex"
Joni template
"Joni"
Julie template
"Julie"
Jolene template
"Jolene"
Sandra template
"Sandra"
Roger template
"Roger"
Sterling template
"Sterling"
Michael template
"Michael"
Chadwick
"Chadwick"
Lauren
"Lauren"
Madeleine
"Madeleine"
Sunny
"Sunny"

"What if none of these templates will work for me?"

You are welcome to come up with your own design. But before you do, view this instructional video regarding common mistakes when making your own design.

Here are the ways you can communicate your design to us:

  • Sketch it in the style of the templates above, photo or scan it, and email it to us.
  • Fax it to us.
  • Describe the dimensions of your drawer and contents, we'll make a sketch, and email it to you for approval. Going this route may delay your shipping date somewhat.
  • Prices are subject to change. Quotes are valid for one month.

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    Reminder: All the information on this information is best digested in our order/planning process. In the order wizard, you'll get this information just when you need it to make a decision. You can get started here.

    Step 7:Customize Your Insert's Fixed Walls

    "Now that I have my insert, some of my sections have more storage space than I was expecting! How is that possible?"

    The dimensions of the sections listed on this page should be considered minimum dimensions. The actual dimensions may be slightly larger, though it is rare to see one more than a quarter inch above what is listed. This is possible because, when we have an unslotted wall on the outside of an insert, we can create more space for you and save trees by substituting a thinner structural wall in that spot.

    For example, the classic case is the Brandi template which is a favorite among owners of narrow drawers. By substituting 3/8" (0.375") thick walls on the left and right sides for the 1/2" standard walls, we are able to give those narrow inserts a bit more storage space. Some other templates that are potential candidates for thinner walls are William, Mary Ann, and (as shown below) Richard.

    Rest assured that we will never substitute a thinner element if it will cause any compromise to the structural integrity of your insert. If you prefer that we use all 1/2" thick fixed walls, just let us know by responding to the "thank you" email you'll receive after you have placed your order.

    One design feature to avoid

    We recommend that you avoid putting 'crosses' into your template, like in the image below.

    Although these templates have a pleasing symmetry, we recommend they be avoided because the "4-way intersection" joint is weaker than a normal "T" type joint.

    A second reason to avoid crosses is that this type joint implies a design that has redundancy of storage lengths, which means that you are losing some of the valuable storage space from your insert. Notice how the template below improves on the template shown above.

    If you want all compartments to be equally sized, a better option than the "cross" option would be to use the Brandi template, as shown below.

    Special Bracing for Large Organizers

    Extra bracing may be needed for templates that include long runs 15"+ of slotted wall without supporting members to help the wall maintain its straightness.

    In this cases above, we reserve the right to break up the long spans with bracing as needed. We'll do this by putting a fixed wall where a movable divider would have been, as shown below.

    This is a complex decision that needs to be made as the insert is being built. This change generally results in zero loss of functionality/usability because of the flexibility of movable dividers.

    Step 8:Learn about Movable and Scooped Dividers

    Movable Dividers

    The dividers are movable and removable. By moving the dividers, you can "tailor-size" the width of your compartments.

    Scooped Dividers

    For 2.5"+ tall organizers, you may opt for scooped dividers. Scooped dividers make items in tall, narrow compartments more accessible to the hand. The charge is $3 more than the price of a regular divider of the same length.

    Set the quantity of dividers by using the + and - clickers in each section.

    How thick are the movable dividers?

    Our movable dividers are 3/32" to 1/8" thick for typical silverware lengths (8-10" long). Longer than this, they may be thicker, up to 3/16". Shorter than this, they may be thinner, but never thinner than 1/16".

    While that may seem surprisingly thin, the high-quality, hand-selected maple wood used in our process results in very strong dividers at those thicknesses. The failure rate is somewhere below 0.1%. If you should ever have a divider break under use, contact us and we will replace it free of charge.

    How are the slots spaced?

    The drawing below shows the typical spacing and size of the slots in our custom inserts.

    For spans over 10", we'll use our discretion and may use thicker movable dividers and wider spaced slots. The drawing below shows the maximum size of movable dividers and slot spacing.

    What if I wish I had ordered more movable dividers?

    We can cut and ship additional movable divider if you decide you need to order more. (Of course, we'll need to charge shipping too, so it will be more economical to get what you need with your first order.)

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