This benefits your home in more ways than just aesthetics.

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wooden dresser with painted sides
Credit: Raymond Hom

Decorating all of the nooks and crannies in your home includes finding ways to spruce up hidden places like the interiors of drawers. One of the ways that we add flair to drawers is to line them. Not only may it protect the bottom of a drawer or provide additional function, lining is an extension of your home décor. An ordinary drawer becomes a magical secret compartment when scented with a lavender liner or bursting with spring colors and floral patterns. While you could line drawers with yesterday's newspapers, there are so many other possibilities. Try leftover fabric, removable wallpaper, oilcloth, or even sheet metal (for utility drawers).

You may have to cut your lining down to size. Measure the inside of the drawer to get the dimensions. If you want some overlay to wrap around the bottom of a shelf, you can tack on an inch or so. Cut the lining to the right size and affix to your drawer with double-sided tape. In certain cases, you may even want to apply an adhesive. Heavier liners don't often need to be tacked down and can stay in place at the bottom of a drawer with no problem. Of course, you can also line the sides or edge of a drawer to create a custom piece of furniture that delights anyone who opens it up. Here, five reasons why you should be lining your drawers.

Protect Furniture from Water

Give drawers an upgrade by lining them with a soft protective material-like felt or leather-which will protect the interior surface from dings and scratches (especially if you're storing valuables like jewelry). For a waterproof alternative, try colorful oilcloth. Just cut the oilcloth to fit the bottom, leaving enough to allow extra width for overhang-no sewing required. It's heaviness helps it to stay perfectly in place even without adhesives.

Beautify the Interior

Self-adhesive wallpaper like the ones offered from Chasing Paper are perfect for lining drawers and shelves. Find a pattern that you like and cut it to fit the drawer. If you're so inclined, you can easily change it up on occasion because the wallpaper is removable.

Organize Stored Items

A liner can be dual purpose: organizing and protecting the interior of your dresser. These slide-in dividers-pretty as they are practical-help to neatly store your everyday items. They can be made to fit virtually any size of container. And when lined in soft lace-trimmed fabric, they cushion fragile pieces and prevent snags on accessories such as socks, linens, and undergarments.

Add Scent

Lightly fragrance your clothes and linens by lining your dresser drawers with scented sachets. Fill the fabric pockets with dried lavender and sew the layers of the liner together. If you like the scent of cedar, you can also line your drawers with that, which has the added benefit of discouraging insects.

Deter Dust

To protect books from dust, crisp lengths of linen can be hung from shelves. The technique, used in old Swedish libraries, also gives a neat appearance to uneven volumes. To make, measure the length of the shelf, and the distance from the shelf above to the top of the shortest book. Add one inch to all sides; cut prewashed linen to this size. Hem bottom and sides by one inch. Sew one-inch-wide twill tape to top edge. Fasten to underside of shelf every 6 inches with upholsterers' tacks or a strip of Velcro.

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