Are pots and pans in drawers a bad idea?

kassikoloSeptember 14, 2013

I am in the process of designing my kitchen now...The cabinets guy put drawers under the cooktop for pots and pans..I always had cabinets before with pullouts drawers which worked fine..
I am worried that over time the weight of pots and pans will make it hard for drawers to open...or is that not an issue??

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Not an issue. Love the drawers over the pullouts. You have a smart cabinet guy.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 2:14PM
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Umhm. He did a nice thing for you, but didn't exactly go out on a limb. Drawers are standard now for very good reason, as Sushipup indicates. Enjoy. :)

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 3:12PM
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Ditto. Love my new pot/pan drawers under my rangetop. With drawers its a simple motion to pull and grab, and a quick shove shuts the drawer. With pullouts you have to open the doors all the way, pull out the tray, get your pot, push in the tray, wait for it to shut all the way so you don't gouge the cab doors, and then shut two doors. More motions equals more work and time.

Same goes for the rest of the kitchen. Drawers everywhere you can!!!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 3:36PM
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I'm jealous. We just bought a modular so we had limited options when it came to cabinets. The only thing they offered for a cooktop was essentially a sink base so there are only drawers. Luckily I have a cabinet with 2 large (and 1 small) drawer right next to the cooktop cabinet. Our cheapo cabinets can hold 75 lbs in the drawers. I think you'll be fine.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 4:16PM
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Drawers...they shouldn't be a problem with decent cabs..I love them.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 5:01PM
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I will miss my pots and pan drawers like crazy!!! that is why I am trying to figure out if I can retro fit them in after which I most likely can not in a builders grade kitchen . Posted that yesterday waiting to see if anyone knows. Going to call cabinet place Monday and ask .

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 6:11PM
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You will notice that drawers are a popular choice for base cabinets. We love our drawers for pots and pans. In addition our two designated pots and pans drawers have much shallower drawers for the lids inside the larger drawers where the actual pots and pans are stored. This works out very well as everything fits nicely, has it's place and stays well organized.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 9:34PM
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Saltlife: That lid option sounds like a dream. What manufacturer did you go with? I want to do that for tupperware lids as well Thanks.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 10:56PM
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Saltlife: would post a pic of your lid drawer in a separate thread, please? Really interested in seeing that, if you don't mind.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 11:56PM
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LOVE my pot drawers. Also my dish drawers (for storage, not dishwasher drawers). Drawers are so much more efficient than cabinets in your lowers, no question.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 1:41AM
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I say the more drawers the better! I love my deep drawers for pots and pans!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 6:12AM
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Do you still stack pots and pans in the drawers? Do you use metal dividers so the pans don't get scratched and if so, is it a pain to take them out? Right now in my kitchen design I have four 24" drawers (2x2) under the range top for pots/pans. I am not sure how deep it goes or how tall the drawers are. I have one large pan that is ~22" wide; 12" in diameter plus another 10" for the handles and another pan almost as large. Seems odd to have a drawer for one pan. The bottom two drawers are tall enough for my pasta pots

I also have other space in a pullout susan in the corner if need be but thought it would be nice to have all the pots and pans in one section


    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:53PM
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I love my new pots and pans drawers! Yes, CT, I stack my frying pans. I always have. I put pot holders in between so the Teflon doesn't get scratched.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:25AM
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"Do you use metal dividers so the pans don't get scratched and if so, is it a pain to take them out?" I have the dividers from BB&B, in a deep drawer and use them mainly to separate all my rectangular pyrex, among other things, and LOVE them. I had the cabinet maker put wood dividers in the cabinet above the oven for the other, metal baking pans. Love that too!
I also love the deep drawers under my cooktop for pots and pans. My pantry has the pull outs, and while I like them, yes, the doors have gotten gouged :( from family members who don't seem to understand how to open the doors fully! I don't know weather to repair this using the stain, or using a stain pen. When my cabinet maker came back to show the cabinets to a potential customer, he was very dismayed to see that on his lovely work!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 10:45AM
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I have 2 36" (about 8" deep) drawers under my cooktop and LOVE them.

I have pull-outs for platters and bowls and plastic storage and pitchers and would switch to drawers if I did it over. For platters I use often I'd go with a tall drawer with dividers and for seldom used I'd put them over the ovens or 'fridge in a cabinet with dividers but I'd give up space in back so they wouldn't disappear.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 11:08AM
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I had no idea how much I would love my pan drawers until I got them...they really are a game-changer! I had cabinets with the pull out shelves in my last house, it is really amazing how much easier the drawers are to use. Like you, I used the pull-outs just fine. Now I would never go back! :)

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 11:19AM
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I'm designing my kitchen cabinetry layout now (actually have been for a month - final tweaks should be made by Friday). Originally, I had planned to have several stacks of 42" drawers (which are readily available in the high-end euro-style cabinetry -- we were looking at Pedini at the time), but I've been convinced not to go that route. So I will have several stacks of 36" drawers and an 18" stack (I'll lenghthen the island by 6" to accommodate this -- I just don't think 12" drawers are very useful).

There will be space in the 36" drawers for dishes, silverware and knives, square pyrex and mixing bowls, pots (the height of the largest drawer is measured to accommodate my tallest pasta pot that I use regularly - anything else can live in the pantry), pot covers, utensils.

The question is what to do with frying pans. We use two regularly - a large 12" and a medium 10". Does it make sense to create a separate drawer for them? They won't fit in my pot drawer, which I laid out to hold all the pots I use regularly - a pasta pot (8 qt), chili pot (5 qt), large saucepan, two medium saucepans and a small saucepan.

I don't mind stacking pots and pans, but I'd like to keep the stacks no more than 2-high (I've stacked them higher in the past and it's a pain).

What would you do/have you done with your frying pans?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 11:49AM
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We deliberately wanted drawers for our cookware under our cooktop and love that arrangement. We did have our cabinet maker put in heavy duty glides in that cabinet just to be on the safe side.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:24PM
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sjhockeyfan, can you put a divider in your pasta pot drawer, and put the frying pans there, stored on their sides?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:28PM
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That's an idea annkh! I'll have to measure the diameter plus handle to see if that will work.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:52PM
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Holly- Kay

Love, love, love my p&p drawers.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 2:26PM
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holly-kay, where do you have your frying pans? Do they lay flat in one of the drawers? Stacked?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 3:11PM
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I'm commenting a little late here, but had to cast another vote for pot/pan drawers. The pic below are 2 of my main pot drawers; the pots in there are ultra-heavy le creuset (including the large 9 quart one), and some All Clad stainless pots.

I've had the arrangement for almost 2 years now, and not a hint of a sag. I asked my cabinetmaker about this concern during the design, and he said that if the drawers are strong, it won't be a problem. He builds pot drawers all of the time that perform extremely well for many years.

That said, I still use common sense and try to lighten the load by having only 1 or 2 cast iron pots per drawer, along with some stainless.

In my experience, it is possible to load the drawer to the point that the bottom will sag, but you really have to overload a well-built drawer to get to that point (I had an old, lesser quality cabinet drawer overly loaded with cast iron, and the bottom did sag).

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 7:26PM
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