Please show me the inside of your flatware drawer

mjoceanFebruary 20, 2013

Hi,

We're getting measured for our cabinets soon and I would love to see photos of the inside of your flatware drawers.

Thanks,
MJ

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2LittleFishies

Here's Mine- It's about 28" wide

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 12:45PM
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SadieV

We did ours with the Lee Valley dividers.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:11PM
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taggie

Mine are 16 1/2" each.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:14PM
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pjeanb

One of my favorite things. A large drawer (25" interior fitted with BBand B bamboo dividers) between dishwasher and table.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:27PM
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ginny20

This is mine. The interior measurement is 13 1/2". i chose wire mesh flatware baskets from BB&B because then I can just lift them out to clean the drawer, the crumbs and dust fall right through. It's also where we keep corkscrews, wine pump, and bottle tops.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:45PM
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slush1422

We used the ones from Ikea. From STILL not finished kitchen

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:47PM
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lolauren

DH made the insert to my specs (wood is from HD or Lowes, just cut and assembled with brads.)

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:48PM
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mjocean

2LittleFishies - your photo did not post

sadieV, taggie & Pjean - all great ideas!
MJ

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:48PM
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mjocean

Ginny20 and slush - these look great, too!

Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:50PM
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mjocean

lolauren,

Great idea - my DH is also handy so this may be an option, too.
Thanks,
MJ

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:54PM
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Bellsmom

This drawer and several others are fitted with the Lifestyle System dividers. Plastic strips (2'', 3'', or 4'' wide x 24'' long) are scored and snapped to length. Channeled holders are self adhesive. They do come off sometimes, and can be Gorilla glued if necessary.

Easy to lay out, infinitely customizable, very space efficient and easy to clean. I used graph paper cut to the drawer size, laid the utensils on the paper, marked where the dividers went, then laid the graph paper in the drawer and played score, snap, and stick.

This post was edited by Bellsmom on Wed, Feb 20, 13 at 14:08

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:55PM
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mjocean

lolauren,

Great idea - my DH is also handy so this may be an option, too.
Thanks,
MJ

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:55PM
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mjocean

Bellsmom,

That looks like a very flexible system, thank you.
MJ

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 2:11PM
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2LittleFishies

Hmmm- I see my photo above (1st response to OP).. You all don't?

Again..

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 3:57PM
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lolauren

fishies - the photo shows up both times. :)

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:01PM
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mjocean

fishies - I just looked on my iphone and it shows up there, just not my desk top computer for some reason........ Sorry, I like yours, too.
MJM

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:10PM
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breezygirl

Mine won't inspire you. I bought the Lee Valley divider system last month during the sale, but it'll probably be months before I can get DH to install them. He moves like a slug on project completion, especially when he knows it's something I really want done. If I could find a pre-made divider system that fits in this shallow drawer, I would have just gone that route a year ago. Interior measures about 20" wide and 10.75" deep.

It's the drawer in my dish hutch here:

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:56PM
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Bellsmom

The flatware drawer is not the only one that benefits from dividers.
Here are a few of my other drawers with the Lifestyle System dividers. The flatware drawer dividers in my previous post are mostly 2'' high as is this one.
A composite drawer: wine, ice cream, and baking.

The next two use 4'' dividers.
A prep drawer:

Another prep drawer:

I really like the flexibility of these dividers.

This post was edited by Bellsmom on Wed, Feb 20, 13 at 17:41

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 5:34PM
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texasgal47

Bellsmom, thanks for sharing, especially for including the photos. Those dividers look perfect for my situation--only a few drawers in a small kitchen that cry out for very thin dividers like that.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 3:59AM
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zelmar

Our silverware drawer is in our 36" wide pantry cabinet near our table. I bought our first real set of silverware during the reno but I wanted to hold on to all of the odd pieces we somehow ended up with and used for the 15 years prior.

We originally had a divider from the cabinet maker but I recently switched over to bamboo boxes from BBB. They are very sturdy and they can be lifted out individually if I want to put a bunch silverware on the counter when we serve buffet style. The boxes are deep and sturdy. We had an adjustable (width) divider in another drawer but I got rid of it pretty quickly because it wasted a lot of vertical space with the design and the individual cubbies were too shallow for my needs.

The boxes added up and ended up being pricey but I loved them so much I bought them for 6 other drawers in the kitchen. The money spent on the bones of the kitchen isn't worth it if the hard working areas aren't as functional as they can be.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 7:53AM
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houseful

I made my own from the strips of wood at Lowes, just like Lolauren's husband did. It is super easy and super cheap.

I didn't just do my flatware drawers, I did some of my deeper drawers too. My baking drawer now has compartments for bowls, beater, measuring cups and spoons, etc. I did my junk drawers (yes, I have two, LOL!). Next is my tupperware drawer.

I don't know if this is true for all HD's, but mine does not carry the pine strips. They only have the harder woods. I went for the cheapest and Lowes had pine.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 8:43AM
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mjocean

Thank you everyone for sharing your photos with me.

Breezy, Thank you. BTW I ordered the RH Aubrey pulls in brushed nickel for my draws and knobs for my upper cabinets. I used your suggestion about sizing for the drawer pulls.
Bellsmom- you are very organized, I will definiately check out you divder system. Did you purchase on line?
Zelmar- great idea and very attractive looking, too.
Houseful - Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 9:34AM
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Bellsmom

You have lots of great ideas posted here. I really like the boxes that can be removed for setting large tables.

Yes, I ordered on line. I posted the link below.

I prefer the look of wood dividers and I would have used the Lee Valley DIY system that many do, except

1. My drawers are metal and I would have had to lose more space by building a ''box'' to put the dividers in since I couldn't hammer them into the drawer itself.

2. My kitchen is smallish and every square inch counts. These dividers are only 1/8'' or so in thickness. The LV dividers are 1/4''. I knew I would be using lots of dividers in some drawers, and the space saved was a consideration.

3. These can easily be rearranged or removed as need/use dictates.

4. The total cost, as I remember, was between $10 and $20 per drawer, depending on how large or small I made the sections.

And I am NOT organized. Just need to use every bit of my limited drawer space. :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: LifeStyle Dividers

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:02AM
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Slappified

Here is ours (picture taken during construction), it was a kitchenmaid promotion item. There are two levels and the top level is on drawer slides inside the drawer. It holds a ton more than our old drawer which was the same side. In the picture the top level is pushed into the cabinet to access the bottom level. We love it.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:51AM
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ILoveRed

All great ideas. But, I love the wire mesh baskets..

My cutlery drawer can get really crumby. How?? When it holds clean cutlery.

Ingenious way to clean it easily.

Filing for future reference.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 11:05AM
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brooklyngalley

Like slappified I have a double-stack drawer which I love since I have a small kitchen - it's in a 15 inch drawer above my trash pull-out (this set-up as discussed in another thread, is ideal for some of us, not for others). In order to get the two levels, the photo does not show that each level also has 2 horizontal spaces in the back, above the 3 vertical spaces that are shown. I have 10 of each standard utensil and they fit with extra room to spare - I must have been doing a load of dishes when I took this photo!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 1:53PM
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mjocean

Thank you so much!
Bellsmom - I agree, there are many good ideas here. Thank you for the link
Slappified & Brooklyngalley - I like the 2 levels.
Red Lover - I do have some wire mesh boxes now and they work well.
Thanks again,
MJ

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 4:33PM
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joyce_6333

DH just finished making drawer dividers for two of my large kitchen drawers. He's not really a cabinet guy at all, but he did a nice job on these, and I finally feel these wide drawers are somewhat organized.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 2:08PM
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nhbaskets

Here is what our GC built for me. Top photo is in island above dish drawers. Bottom is in prep area.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 2:44PM
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drbeanie2000

The wire mesh baskets in the house we rented let a lot of crumbs through and then we basically had to vacuum the drawers to get those crumbs out. The other crumbs just stuck in the mesh and were a pain to clean out. I think they were from the container store and were starting to rust.

With the bamboo dividers, we can just take them out and hold them over the trash and shake. I think they were from the Container Store, but they look identical to the BB&B ones others have posted. They look nice, and are not only available in the expandable type, but as separate pieces.

We have them for setting-the-table flatware:

for-use-near-stove flatware & gadgets:

for wooden spoons & ladles & things next to the stove:

and another one that is on the other side of the stove that isn't sure what it wants to be when it grows up:

They are better looking than the plastic ones I got long ago, which keeps our "junk drawer" a bit sorted!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 3:50PM
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Sharimac

Love all the fabulous flatware! And the drawer dividers too.

Bellsmom,

Where did you get all your pour spouts? Those look like good ones!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 5:01PM
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Bellsmom

Sharimac--
The pour spouts come on large bottles of olive oil (aka EVOO here on GW) from Trader Joe's. I simply cannot throw them away.
Do you have a Trader Joe's near you?
If not, I'll send you a couple.

Let me know.
Sandra

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 5:23PM
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breezygirl

Sharimac--Try a restaurant supply store. They are open to the public and should sell these individually. DH works for one, and I love the pour spouts he brings home for me. They are very inexpensive, too!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 8:55PM
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tmy_jax

MJ,

Thanx for the great post. Always interesting to see the input on how others have organized their drawers.

tmy

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:20PM
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steph2000

This is fun eye candy.

I'm with Red Lover, though. It's one of the riddles of the sphinx - how does a silverware drawer get so darn icky when it is closed all the time, except when putting clean silverware back in or grabbing a quick fork? Better yet, how does one prevent it? A 3 mile overhang?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 12:55AM
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TishaWilliams

I am new to this website and it is amazing!!

Zelmar - you said you got your bamboo boxes from BBB, do you mind telling me what that stands for?

Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 12:33PM
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bons

Bed Bath & Beyond.

Bonnie

Here is a link that might be useful: BBB

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:27PM
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annkh_nd

I love my wire mesh dividers from BB&B!

Utensil drawer:

Junk drawer:

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:38PM
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a2gemini

I used a Rev-a-shelf for the flatware - originally planned on a 2 layer system but this works fine.
For the knife drawer - love the insert - I hated the one that came with the drawer.
2 21 inch drawers

flatware only

Knives only - Wusthoff insert

Junk drawer - several modifications since the picture

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 9:13PM
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jwm211

a2gemini, what is your granite called? Love it!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 6:51PM
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jwm211

a2gemini, what is your granite called? Love it!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 6:52PM
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a2gemini

JWM
It is Cambria buckingham
The newer quartz is amazing.
If you go to a2gemini final reveal - you can see the rest of the kitchen. I am on my phone or woul link to it

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 6:59PM
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