An Quick Fix for an Annoying Problem in the Craftroom

I love using shallow plastic Sterilite and Iris drawers to store my craft supplies. I like to be able to remove the entire drawer and set it on my work table when I am crafting and painting. Unfortunately, I bought a set of drawers where the drawers could not be removed. Today I am going to show you how to alter them so they will be removable as that is so much more useful in many circumstances.

I used a hot knife to easily cut the drawer catch tabs from my cart, it melts the plastic rather than using force to cut it. You could also use a utility knife I suppose. I have a Creative tool from Walnut Hallow (mine is the scrapbooking one that came out years ago but their standard Versa tool (*affiliate link) is cheaper and more powerful) If the drawer catches on your card are on the bottom of the drawers you will need to empty the cart, flip it over and remove the bottom catches first on the bottom drawer, remove that drawer and work your way up. I hope this helps! It is making my drawers way more useful to me!

PS Several viewers mentioned that you can squeeze the drawers and remove them that way but that can warp the drawers over time and you do need two hands and a bit of strength for that. I’d rather just cut the tabs off and be done with them but to each their own. Happy crafting!

4 Responses

  1. Don’t burn your hands off! I do think this is a super handy tip–there are some drawers where I need the keepers, and others where I need to be able to remove the drawers. Just ran into this problem yesterday and was still scratching my head over it when I saw this!

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  2. Good to know. I like drawers that pull out more than 3/4 but I dump them if there’s no stay at all. The 3/4 open drives me nuts so I’m checking the side and if I dump drawer on floor, too bad I can see everything in the drawer

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  3. Thanks. I love all your DYI tips. Looking forward to your craft room video.

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  4. very clever. Thanks

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