Neoprene Drawer Lining
Protects items in the drawer from rolling and knocking about.
If you're anything like me your under-stereo drawer will be full of all sorts of gubbins:
spare batteries for mp3 player
random screws, nuts & bolts (men)
handbrake knobs (don't ask)
The problem with gubbins is that it has a tendency to roll about and rattle whilst you are driving. Stuff rolling about is also likely to bump into the mp3 player/iPod that so many of us have living in that particular spot.
The easiest way to stop stuff rolling about so readily, and hence to stop irritating rattles (though if you insist on keeping a baby in the drawer then to be honest that's your own fault) and to protect your mp3 player, is to line the drawer with something.
Sheets of NEOPRENE are available in various colours (black, red, blue, green, purple...)
The 'fab foam' we used is available from your local craft shop, and is sticky-backed so you don't have to mess around with pots of glue (although if you feel a Blue Peter moment coming on, then that's your business).
We have made a template so you don't have to spend ages making your own.
(the rear section is drawn in the middle of the central part - you'll have to cut this out.
You'll also have to ensure you select 'print actual size' when you print it [this will result in the image having to be cropped, but DO NOT select fit to page].
The template should be approximately 215mm long by 162mm wide.
To make your drawer lining you will need...
one just-bigger-than-A4 sheet of neoprene foam (sticky-backed),
one A4 sheet paper,
oh, and your drawer.
Line everything up nicely....
Cut out your template and fold along the edges.
Make sure that your cut-out fits.
Now draw around your template (using your trusty pencil) onto the foam sheet.
Carefully cut around your outline.
Make sure your cut-out foam sheet fits into the drawer.
Now is the time to remove the backing so that the lining sticks down
(it may help if you score - lightly - along the backing so that you can remove the
pieces more easily. We didn't try this, so it's just a suggestion).
1. Place the lining (complete with backing) in the drawer.
2. Line it up and make sure everything fits properly.
3. Remove the backing from the rear edge (back of drawer) and stick this edge in place.
4. Remove the backing from one of the sides and then stick in place.
5. Remove the backing from the centre bit and then stick in place.
6. Remove the backing from the other side and then stick this down.
7. Finally remove the backing from the front edge and stick this in place.
You may find it useful to use a craft knife to tidy up the edges.
Reinsert drawer in its proper spot and enjoy some rattle-free driving.
Admire your handywork. Wow!
Get your beautiful assistant to model the finished article.
(Can you guess what we did with the leftover foam? Meet Marcelle
Mogseau aka Pilchard with a foam moustache)