Please show me your drawers (under your cooktop)

andreak100May 3, 2013

Doing measurements right now and trying to figure out what I need. We are going with an induction cooktop and I'd love to have a 3-drawer unit with the top drawer holding cooking utensils, middle drawer holding pans & lids, and bottom drawer holding pots.

The cooktop shows that it needs 4 1/2" I *think* that I can have a small amount of space for my top drawer.

Anyway, I want to have dividers for my 2nd drawer so that I don't have to stack my pans and I'd love to see pictures of the insides of your drawers (yikes, that sounds a little off color!) -
* Did you put in dividers?
* If so, how many?
* How thick are the dividers?
* Are yours adjustable?
* Did you run the dividers front to back or side to side?
* Anything you would do differently now that you have them in use?

As always, pictures are appreciated. I've seen some posted in kitchen reveals, but I can't remember who all has them and I'm not having an easy time finding them with the search.

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I don't have a cooktop, but I think that I would rather have utensils in a drawer next to the cooktop, so I don't have to back up a foot or more to reach them.

Perhaps 2 drawers instead of one wide drawer would make it easier.

Sorry I couldn't be more help!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 12:20PM
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ann - thanks for your reply. I considered that idea of them being off to the side, but to the right of the cooktop is the DW and to the left is a 4-drawer unit that is already spoken for with it's contents (spices, towels, hot pads, etc.) and none of those can effectively switch spots with the utensils. Also, I don't really see the backing up as being much of an issue since I'll mostly get the utensils out at the start of cooking at the same time I'll be getting my pots/pans/lids out of the same area.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 12:43PM
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I look forward to seeing responses. We just installed a Bosch induction cooktop over three drawer stack. W have to have one inch under the bottom of the cooling unit. The cabinet guy is planning to cut drawer sides down to allow for that inch, but I am really hoping I can keep my cooking utensils there.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 7:37PM
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I don't have any particularly interesting dividers to show off, but DH and I really like our shallow utensil drawer under the cooktop. It couldn't be more convenient, although I'm sure utensil storage to the side would have been fine too. My spices are in the top drawers there, though.

My 36" regular pot drawer is divided sideways by the Ikea metal dividers. I placed them to have pots along the front, small lids standing between two close-set dividers in a narrow middle section, and taller lids leaning in a somewhat wider section across the back.

My pots are stacked 2 high. My kitchen doesn't have room for twice the drawers, but I wouldn't want them if it did. This way makes room for everything regularly used close to the stove without walking around.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 8:12PM
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Mine aren't organized so I don't have pics. But, I have my utensils under the induction cooktop, pans in the middle drawer (some lids), and pots/lids in the bottom drawer. Super convenient. It's a 36" cooktop in a 36" drawer base.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 9:16PM
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Okay, if you really want to see them, I will post some pictures of my drawers!
I have a 36 inch gas cooktop with 3 drawers underneath. The sides of drawers needed to be cut down and the front to back depth needed to be shortened to clear the the cooktop chassis and gas regulator and to meet the manufacturer's clearance to combustibles requirement.The carpenter put angled pieces of of wood on each side at the back so the drawer would attch to the slides correctly and be able to soft close. Even the drawers is shallow, I find it useful.
Overall view:

Close up of wedges that carpenter added

I have my dishes in the second drawer. Found out after the fact that the pegs are not really necessary:

I have my most used pots and pans in the bottom drawer. No dividers. Less used items and other cookware is located in adjacent drawers.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 9:54PM
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Fori is not pleased

Not mine any more. This was for an induction cooktop with a shallow clearance requirement. The top drawer had to be a little short to accomodate the wiring.

Knives and cutting boards in the top drawer, pots and pans just stacked in bottom two.

When I do this again, I will have a super deep giant drawer with slots for "filing" large lids, skillets, and maybe flattish bakeware. Maybe like this:

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 10:33PM
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Holly- Kay

LOL Andrea! Your post title just had me rolling. I know you meant kitchen drawers but it just hit my silly bone!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 10:41PM
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Thanks for the visuals. That helps so much. Looks like both badgergal and fori have standard 6" for the top drawer and that the box itself is about 2" high. If that's the case, I think that I'll be good with my plan.

Especially helpful to see the wedges that were put in for badgergal to keep the soft close functionality...hadn't considered being able to do that if we do need less depth to the drawer.

You know, in the little over a year that I've known about and hung out off and on on this forum, I'm amazed at how different my kitchen is going to be from what I would have wound up with. While it won't be perfect, it's going to be so much more functional than what it would have been.

Holly-kay - I'm glad the post title gave you a little smile. It did me too. I tried to make it better by putting the cooktop part in...but, I'm afraid that with reading it now, it just sounds like I have some sort of strange fetish that I want to hide under a cooktop looking at someone's drawers. Now, there's a visual for you! :)

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 12:48AM
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Badgergal: love your cooktop drawers. I loved the title as well. We have our downdraft vent system under the cooktop cabinet and the gas line etc. I didn't even know it was possible to put drawers under the cooktop. I need to check what kind of clearance we have.

Too late for stacked drawers and they wouldn't have worked with all of the connection stuff going on down there, but maybe the top fake drawer front could be converted to a drawer...hmmm...something to think about.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 7:21AM
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My induction cooktop also didn't need much clearance, and it doesn't get very hot anyway. I have the utensils in one 36" wide drawer with bamboo dividers. I don't mind stepping back to pull something out.The pots are in the lower two drawers, no dividers. My skillets are stacked, which is a little inconvenient, but only a little. The rest are just on their own with their tops on. I got some rubbery drawer liner stuff so they don't slide around.

Does this mean you found a cabmaker?

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 6:39PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I have an induction cooktop.

We went with 2 doors that swing open to reveal 2 large flat pull out pot trays. It works out better than I thought. I thought having to open both doors before being able to pull the drawers out would be a problem, but it isn't.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 7:29PM
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Some great ideas here - I need 6 inches below counter on my Wolf (or close to that), so couldn't do a drawer - so my top drawer is a tip out thing.
I think some of these creative ideas might have worked as well and maybe I can still do this downstream.
I put dividers that I can move around in my drawers. I have modified a few things since this picture.

This is my lower drawer before I filled it completely!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 8:03PM
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Fori is not pleased

A2gemini has the filing system. It is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome. Or it would be for me. I intend to copy it!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 9:46PM
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rkb21 - it seems likely that you could get one of the tip out drawers like a2g mentioned. FWIW, rev-a-shelf announced a soft close version of the tip out...that's going in our sink area. I always disliked how the other ones closed, so I'm hoping that this soft close one will be to my liking. You can see it in use at the RAS website around 2 minutes in

Ginny - I think that I remember you as having the KA induction, right? If so, I checked specs for one and it says it requires about an inch less clearance than mine does. Still, I'm checking with my cabinet maker - as long as he says that I can get 2" depth in the drawer that is usable, I'll go with the drawer there. If not, it might be a tip-out or a drawer in drawer...I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the 2" and I'll make other decisions if I have to.

I'm hoping to avoid stacking my skillets, so I think that once again, I might be copying off of a2g with a few dividers in the lower drawers, although maybe only in the middle drawer where I plan on the skillets residing and not the bottom where the pots will be.

Annie - I've seen those units like you have and considered that, although I'm strongly leaning toward the drawers. Had I not found GW and had it drilled into my head, "all drawers, all the time" (haha!), I probably would have gone with what you described since we were getting one of those in the house we were building and I thought it was pretty sweet.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:09AM
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I have a 36" Bosch induction in a 3 drawer stack. The top drawer had the sides cut down a bit to accomodate the cooktop. I keep all our cooking utensils in there. Its a bit messy at times but works great! The second drawer holds our most frequently used pots and the bottom drawer more pots and stock pot.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 9:51AM
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