Label drawers to cut down on time finding items within.

How to Label Drawers

by Kathy Adams

Drawers are one way to keep items "out of sight, out of mind." But if you can't see the contents of your drawers, it's easy to forget what's in each, especially when you have lots of drawers, or if you don't access them frequently. Modern label makers offer a variety of fonts and print directly on a clear material, which makes the label nearly invisible for better blending into the surroundings. If stick-on labels aren't your style, chalkboard paint or small signs may provide a custom option.

Label Maker

Insert clear label tape into the label maker, as directed by the manufacturer's instructions, which may vary by model or brand.

Write on paper the words you'd like to use on each drawer for quick reference, such as "jewelry supplies" or "adhesives."

Punch the words into the label maker using the font and color you prefer for the drawers. Print a test word if unsure which font looks best against the drawers. Print out the words following directions on the label maker.

Peel the sticky backing off each label, smoothing down the word with your fingers onto an appropriate place on the drawer.

DIY Chalkboard Labels

Cover a work surface outdoors or in a well-ventilated area with newspaper. Set the stick-on label sheets atop the paper, using as many sheets as needed to make one label per drawer.

Shake the chalkboard paint can vigorously for a minute or as directed by the manufacturer's instructions. Spray the label sheets using a slow, steady arm motion for a consistent paint finish. Apply a second coat if you don't cover the labels completely. Allow paint to dry completely.

Apply one label to each drawer face in a desired location. Label the drawers by writing words on the chalkboard labels with chalk, such as "beads" or "fabric scraps." Use colored chalk for added variety.

Label Tags

Punch a hole near one corner of each blank business card using a hole punch. Use one business card per drawer.

Write the contents of one drawer on each business card using cursive or calligraphy-style handwriting. A metallic gel pen or angled-tip marker creates attractive lettering.

Cut ribbon into 4- or 5-inch strips, one per card tag. Wrap one ribbon through the hole in a card, then through the drawer pull or over the drawer knob. Tie the ribbon in a bow.

Items you will need

  • Label maker with clear label tape
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Newspaper
  • Stick-on label sheets
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Colored chalk
  • Blank business cards
  • Hole punch
  • Metallic gel pen or angled-tip marker
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors


  • Weigh down the corners of the label sheets with pebbles if they start to curl when painting.
  • Practice writing words with an angled-tip pen on scrap paper to get an ideal look before attempting it on the label cards. An angled tip creates a look similar to calligraphy.


  • Spray paint only in a well-ventilated area, wearing a dust mask for added protection. Avoid breathing in the fumes.

About the Author

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.

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