Show me your undersink drawers!

psyoheJanuary 29, 2013

If anyone has pictures of drawers under the sink instead of the usual doors, I would love to see them.

Thanks, Peke

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CEFreeman

Oh!!!
I don't have pictures yet.
I'm making it, though. It's in progress.
It's a 36" sink base and I'm making beaded inset drawer fronts.

I refuse to crawl around on the ground to find something under my sink.
Oh - and my sink is a Kohler undermount, too.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 11:16PM
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psyohe

They sound wonderful! I am with you on crawling around! It is a black hole under the sink.

My cabinet guy (as usual) says he hasn't every heard of anyone doing that....like it can't be done! He says that about everything I mention!

Post pics when you get them! Thanks,
Peke

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 11:06PM
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lee676

It can be done, but you need to choose a sink with the drain at the far rear and run the plumbing behind and/or to the sides. And obviously there can't be a drawer directly in front of the sink (unless the sink is pushed far back into the cabinet, or you have a very shallow sink, neither which is usually desireable), or if the top drawer appears tall from the outside with a tall drawer front but is actually quite shallow. Usually a tilt-out tray takes up the top 6" to make use of the small unused space between the sink and the drawer front.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 12:13AM
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maryl1

I've seem some where the drawer front looks like a normal drawer, but when you open it, there are two areas to the drawer with a cutout/indent for the drain pipe area. It can be done!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 8:52AM
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muskokascp

I have undersink drawers. It was not a problem for our cabinet company and they seemed quite versed on this as an option. The key is to have the plumbing in the right spot so as to allow a u-shaped drawer. I don't have pictures right now but I will try to get some tonight for you.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 9:16AM
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muskokascp

Peke I apologize for taking so long to post the pictures, but here they are. The top drawer is false of course, the second has scoop sides to accommodate the sink and the third drawer has normal straight sides.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:40PM
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CEFreeman

Oh, ho, lee676. But guess again!

I don't have "appropriate" plumbing, either.
I, however, took a different approach, keeping in mind mine is a farm/apron sink.

I have a drawer that fits my 36" base. It's going to be inset, so the drawer front is the full height. I had the sides slant downward to the back of the drawer, which is only 5" tall, so it comes forward underneath the garbage disposer, etc.

I like the cut-out design, but I couldn't figure that out to do myself, so I took the next best option: the Magazine storage shape.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:10PM
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beekeeperswife

A couple I have saved from Pinterest

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:36PM
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laughablemoments

Thank you so much for asking this question, and thank you both for posting pictures. We are planning drawers under our cleanup sink, so this post is very timely for us, too.

We're planning a 7' run with a dishwasher on either side of a sink in the middle...and no drawer stack nearby for the silverware. We're thinking of putting it in the drawer under the sink. Maybe not ideal, but hopefully workable.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 3:49PM
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Karen.1288

Just out of curiosity, does this make fixing leaks more difficult?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 5:33PM
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muskokascp

Karen - nope you just pull the drawers out.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 5:36PM
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psyohe

Perfect! Thanks for the pictures! Wish I could get those metal drawers, but my cabinet guy will have a difficult time trying to make these cut outs.

Thanks again!
Peke

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 6:44PM
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kitmu

I'm trying to figure out how to do this with the bathroom vanity. Muskokascp, who was the company that was so understanding about cutouts in the drawers? Anyone else have any good leads on who to approach with the concept? (I can't even count the times people have looked at me like I have two heads when I propose something off the menu!)

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 7:28PM
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CEFreeman

I think I look great with two heads.
Perhaps they're the nut cases if they're seeing people with two heads, come to think of it.

There are a lot of drawer box makers online that will pretty much do any shape you want! You just have to make certain your measurements are correct, because it's at your own risk.

I admit, that before I knew my ears from my elbows, I had a drawer box made. WAYYYYY too big. No room for the drawer glides!
So. In my more educated brilliance I'm cutting it down, putting casters on it and it's going to be underbed storage.
Sometimes I amaze myself.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 11:55PM
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raehelen

kitmu, I am going through this process now with my Master Bath vanity. I found that it is far more reasonable, both cost wise and being treated like you're making sense, to go with a custom cabinet maker. My leads came off my local Craigslist. Maybe that would work for you too?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 10:58PM
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carolml

We have drawers under both main and prep sink. My husband spent hours fitting various pipes and elbows together and essentially ended up with the drain going to the back of the cabinet (on a slight slope, of course) and the u-trap against the back wall of the cabinet. For the smaller, prep sink cabinet, the cabinet maker made me one deep drawer (made to look like three) and I put my trash, recycling and large container of bird seed here. For my main sink, I have two functioning drawers. Because my sink is very deep, the top drawer is full depth but narrow and the bottom drawer is full depth and 12" deep. I love it. I am currently away from home until the end of the month, but could send photos on my return, if you need them.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 10:00AM
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writersblock

Kitmu, look at the instructions for installing a bathroom sink for wheelchair accessibility. That will usually put the plumbing in the best configuration for drawers, too, although you may still need to do a cutout for at least the top drawer.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 1:36PM
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kmmh

Anyone know of a cabinet manufacturer that makes these drawers?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 3:36PM
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psyohe

carolml, I would love to see pictures when you get back home.
Thanks, Peke

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 7:10PM
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springroz

Christine, you ALWAYS amaze ME!!

Sorry, Peke, had to reply!!

Nancy

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 7:18PM
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carolml

Hi Peke,
Home again. Here are the photos I promised you. As you can see, the main sink, which is quite deep, has two drawers, one shallow one - note the small cut out at the back to accommodate the drain, and a standard 12" one below. The counter is 27" deep, so the drawers are full depth.
The prep sink has a very shallow cabinet - only 21" deep because of a book case built in the gable behind it. The drawer here is only just big enough to fit my trash, compost, bird seed and a few cleaning products. We have put it on a servo drive, so the door glides open with just a touch. It is fantastic when preparing food on the adjacent counter. The cabinet maker built a shelf to raise the level of the compost bin so that it comes just under the sink bowl and does not require bending to deposit green material.
There are also photos with the drawers removed to show you how the plumbing pipes are pushed against the back of the cabinet.
We love this set up. For the first time ever, the undersink area is fully functional. Hope this helps.
Carol







    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 2:53PM
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muskokascp

Our cabinets are by Cabico and as long as we gave the desired dimensions for the drawers, they had no issue making them. I would think any custom cabinet company would be able to do the same.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 3:18PM
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purrus

How do you guys handle a disposal in this situation? It seems like that'd really get in the way. It looks like muskokascp doesn't have a disposal. Anyone worked around this before? I am dead-set on having drawers under the sink!!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 3:53PM
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a2gemini

I am so jealous - I want to swap my doors for drawers....

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 4:05PM
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Holly- Kay

Wow! I just called my kd. That poor man is probably sorry he agreed to sign on with such a PITA but I saw this and thought we just have to find a way to make drawers work even if the cabinet is already made we should be able to do some pull outs with the cab doors opened. I am using the Kohler Whitehaven that has a right rear drain. That should make using drawers easier.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 4:54PM
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purrus

Holly-kay, as soon as I saw this thread I knew I had to have a drawer down there. Nothing, absolutely nothing (well---nothing having to do with kitchen cabinets, at least), is grosser to me than the under the sink area. I decided I am just not having it. My KD also seemed to think I was a little weird but whatever. I am paying a lot of money and I am getting WHAT I WANT! LOL!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 5:03PM
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mommaklee

Awesome! This might just solve my "where to put the trash can" dilemma! I mean really, I've been mulling it over for days and if we put cabinets where we want...well there's no floor space for garbage or recycle and I was worried about trash smell in other cabinets, but under a sink makes great sense...I'm going to go geek out about this for a while now.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 10:04PM
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Holly- Kay

Purrus, Exactly my sentiments! Under the sink is a big, old, black hole. That is the one space that I am dreading cleaning out. I hope they haven't constructed the under the sink cab yet but I feel so strongly about this that if he says the cab is already made and they can't retrofit I may just tell them to make another cabinet and I will give that one to hubby for one of his garages. I am worried about not having enough drawer space as it is and why let good usable space go to waste?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 11:43AM
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    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 12:45PM
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erinsean

None of your pictures show a disposal under your sink or am I missing something? We have a wastebasket attached to one of the doors under our sink. The other side door has a small shelf with sides for dish soaps and other more used items. In front of the sink, above the doors, we have a tip down drawer for scratchers, scrub brushes and other small things.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 2:20PM
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cevamal

My KD is going to hate all of you.

Ditto the questions about a garbage disposal. Non-negotiable for me!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 2:43PM
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firstmmo

Where are the garbage disposal people? Need pics of that :)

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 11:20PM
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miruca

I so wish we did this in the main kitchen... defintely going to do it in the MIL space!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 4:36AM
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