Reuse Old Dresser Drawers With These 13 Clever And Creative DIY Ideas

In most bedrooms, you can find at least one dresser. Perfect for storing T-shirts, socks, and all those other items of clothes that don't need to be stored in the closet. But what happens when said dresser has outlived its usefulness? 

Maybe it's out of style, maybe the drawers don't stay quite on their tracks anymore; whatever the reason, it's time for it to go. You can either find a place for it in storage until the next garage sale ... or you can upcycle it! There's no need to find space for the whole dresser, either. Just using the drawers, you can extract a whole other lifetime of use with these 13 clever and creative DIY ideas.

1. Keep kitchen essentials handy.


No more fussing with boxes of plastic wrap and Ziploc baggies. Instead, hang a dresser drawer on the wall, add some dowel rods and little cubbies and you've got everything you need for packing lunches right where you can see it.

2. Bye-bye boring medicine cabinet, hello cute shelving!

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Storage and style go hand-in-hand with this repurposed dresser hack. A dowel rod can hold towels or even extra rolls of toilet paper, while the inside of the drawer is the perfect spot to store the fancier bottles of soap and other cleansers.

3. Replace a bulky bookshelf.

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Free up some floor space with these dresser-drawers-turned-bookshelves. They look cute on the wall and they create great storage.

4. Add some unique flair to bare walls.

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Display all your favorite pictures and knickknacks and keep them out of the way at the same time. Paint the drawers, add some contact paper to the bottom of them, and change out the knobs to fit in with any decor.


5. Make something for man's best friend.

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Any dog bed from the store might be comfy, but a custom-made bed like this one is perfect for your favorite canine companion.

6. Make the perfect toy: a miniature model of your house.


While every kid might dream of their own Barbie house, this customized dollhouse is something truly special.

7. Make your own mudroom.

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Using door knobs and just the fronts of your old dresser drawers, you can make storage where there wasn't any before. Hang up jackets, hats, and scarves during cold weather months, and keep keys where you can always find them all year round.

8. Keep jewelry tangle-free and easy to find.

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Add a few more knobs to the drawers and hang up your favorite pieces of jewelry. Inside the drawer, store bracelets, rings, and earrings. A few small bowls placed inside will add even more organizational space.

9. Display your cutest dishes.


Keep the beat-up plastic plates inside the cabinets, but don't let the cute stuff sit in the dark! It never hurts to keep dishes in easy reach.


10. Make doing laundry a cinch.


No one wants their laundry room to look cluttered, but putting away something you use as often as detergent doesn't make a ton of sense, either. This repurposed drawer keeps things relatively tidy, but still conveniently stored.

11. Add a little greenery to your space.

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Keeping plants inside has been linked to lower stress levels, so it never hurts to add houseplants here and there. But where to keep them? A drawer on the wall keeps plants out of the way and displayed in a beautiful way.

12. Store books instead of clothes.

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Stack a few drawers on top of each other to create a slim bookshelf. Don't just stick to a straight line, either; why not try out a pyramid?

13. Keep your entryway organized.

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The last thing you want to see right when you walk in is a mess. You might be able to shove everything in a closet, but it's more convenient to keep everything where you can see it. Stack shoes, keys, and anything else inside these drawers and keep them off the floor!

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