If you’ve ever hastily opened a drawer only to have it fall out tossing its contents to your feet, you know how frustrating it can be to not have drawer stops. This tip should save you some from that frustration.

How to Make a Homemade Drawer Stop:

  1. Cut an oblong or oval shaped piece of wood (1/4″ to 3/8″ thick plywood works well), and drill a small hole near one end.
  2. Attach the piece of wood with a screw, through the hole, to the inside of the back of the drawer.
  3. Mount it in the center far enough from the top edge so it’s flush when the piece is turned sideways but sticks up an inch or so when turned vertically.

This will keep the drawer in the chest (or cabinet) when you want it there, but will also allow you to remove it if you need to. This trick will also work with a large toggle nut from a toggle bolt.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks, Karen, we appreciate the kinds words. Glad you’ve found the site useful, and keep coming back because we’re always adding new tips and hints. Good luck!–Joe T.

  2. Thank you so much for this!
    I was just about ready to get rid of my mother’s old dresser that I acquired when she passed away. Now I can fix the falling drawers and pass the dresser on to my own daughter someday.

  3. Pure genius. I have been everywhere looking for those little plastic pieces, even my furniture guy didn’t know where to get them.
    Hope Depot guy was cool, but they don’t sell them and he never came up with either of these super simple ideas/fixes.

  4. I have a big bedroom dresser that has two drawers that keep opening up about 4 to 5 inches. I can not get them to stay closed.

  5. My daughter recently bought an old dresser for my 2 year old granddaughter and I was concerned about the drawers falling out. Those commercially made plastic stops are hard to come by so I searched several diy sites but couldn’t figure out how to fix it. I so appreciate the video showing how to attach the wood block/toggle to the drawer. My late father/builder of all things would be chagrined to know I kept envisioning the outside, not inside, back of the drawer. I’m on it now, Dad. Yes, we’re strapping the dresser to the wall. Thanks, Today’s Homeowner.

  6. I ordered a set of “Detent” part number 8-88SWRK from Snap-on tools online (given the shipping cost, I actually bought several). Look at the drawing online and see if that isn’t just like the small black plastic piece that breaks after a few years. I have a dresser with beautiful ball-bearing slides I didn’t want to replace just because this little rubbery stopper broke.
    I used a brand-new razor blade to split about 1/8″ of width off these parts, (with a little vise to keep my fingers safe) and now my drawers stay closed.

  7. I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU HAD TO PUT THE STOPS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE SLIDE TRACKS BUT YOUR IDEA OF ATTACHING IT TO THE BACK SIDE OF DRAWER IS SIMPLE AND THE IDEA OF ATTACHING A TOGGLE CLIP IS GREAT THANKS A LOT.

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