Honeycomb Sock Organizer

About: PhD student in mechanical engineering at MIT, minoring in education

I wanted a way to keep my sock drawer more organized. I store my socks rolled up, so I thought it would look cool to have a honeycomb pattern and give each pair of socks its own cell. You can see the finished product above!

Step 1: Gather Materials

Making the honeycomb doesn't require much. All you need is:

  • Index cards. I used extra thick index cards because I thought it would make the structure sturdier, but the cards were hard to fold precisely
  • Tape
  • Paper and pen (optional). You can make a "map" to get a layout of the honeycomb structure before you start making it

Step 2: Figure Out Cell Size

First you should figure out how big you want your honeycomb cells to be. I went with hexagons that had sides of length 1.5" and it seemed to fit my socks pretty well. I later found out that I should've checked more pairs of socks: the orange socks here fit pretty well, but I had some bigger pairs that were very snug (read: too big) for this size.

Technique for folding and taping the first test cell shouldn't matter too much, but if you want more detail you can see steps 4 and 5.

Step 3: Trace Honeycomb Layout (optional)

Cut a piece of paper approximately to the size of your sock drawer, and trace a honeycomb pattern onto it using your test cell. This gives you a "map" of your organizer, which you can use to help lay out the different folded index cards later.

Step 4: Fold Index Cards

Once you know how long you want the sides of the honeycomb cells to be, you need to fold a bunch of index cards to have sides of that length. You should also leave small tabs on each end to make taping the index cards together easier later. I tried to fold each side the same length by having a guide that was 1.5" long, but my thick index cards were hard to fold precisely to 1.5" long. It probably would've been more uniform to use a folding jig rather than just a guide, but I didn't think to try to make a jig until after I was done. Having more uniform folds will lead to a more regular honeycomb pattern later.

If you have your layout traced onto paper, you can arrange the folded index cards on top of it. This will help you know how many index cards you need and by arranging the cards strategically you can minimize the number of honeycomb cells that have doubled up walls.

Step 5: Tape Index Cards Together

To assemble the honeycomb, you just need to tape the folded index cards together. Line up the folds, and use the tabs to tape the index cards together. I would tape on both sides of the connection (see the image above). Continue taping until the honeycomb structure is complete.

Step 6: You're Done!

Once all the index cards are taped together, you're done! Place the organizer in your drawer (hopefully it fits, you can add/remove cells if you want it to be bigger or smaller once you see how it looks in the drawer). Now fill the organizer with socks, and you should have a well sorted sock drawer!



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    5 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I am constantly trying to figure out how to keep my husbands shirts/socks/underwear organized. I like order and he doesn't really think about it. I have all of these items on hand and this would be perfect for his sock and underwear drawer! I can't wait to make it.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    I'm glad you think this could be helpful for you! I'd love to see how your organizer comes out when you're finished


    2 years ago

    Very interesting concept. You utilize previously unused vertical area, this design is easy to organize, (by style, i.e. casual, dress, winter, etc.) find, retrieve and store socks. You have 24 full cells and 4 half cells, which prompted me to think how many pairs I have then ask do I really need that many?

    I do not think my draw is high enough to use this design but has challenged me to do something, none the less thank you for sharing.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Interesting that you bring up the question of how many socks one needs. I currently have more socks than fit in the honeycomb which brought up the same question for me! I think reducing clutter via realizing I should get rid of some socks might be more valuable than the actual organizing function of the honeycomb.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Good observation. Boy do I need to reduce clutter. I need to clear out all of my failed instructables as well as future projects. Sadly, that will start after I clean up my sock drawer.

    Welcome to instructables.