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Are drawers on your wish list?

  • By KitchenWise
  • 18 Apr, 2017

A rising trend worth your attention

Soft-close drawers add a luxurious quality to custom-made kithens. Image: Hettich

If your kitchen wish list includes “lots of drawers”, you are not alone.

Most of our clients tell us they want as many drawers as possible in their new or re-modelled kitchen.

A kitchen brimming with drawers is on-trend for good reason.

Drawers provide 30 per cent more storage than cupboards and make it easier to find and access items.

This means a more organised kitchen – and less twisting and bending to access hard-to-reach items.

Drawers require more hardware than cupboards, so drawers are more expensive. Therefore, your budget and kitchen shape will ultimately determine your quantity of drawers.

On-trend storage solution

We have noticed a real shift from yesteryear’s drawer-to-cabinet ratio of 20:80 to the standard 50:50 in today’s kitchen designs.

Pending layout and budget, we are also seeing more clients swinging the ratio up to 80:20, so that their kitchen storage is predominantly drawers.

Traditionally the home for cutlery and utensils, kitchen drawers now also store crockery, glassware, plastics, pots and pans, appliances and pantry items.

Under-bench storage space is optimised by the use of drawers in this KitchenWise design.

Shape comes first

The shape of your kitchen will determine how many drawers it can house. For example:

  • U-shape kitchen with a centre island  ̶  gives the maximum opportunity for drawers. However, if there is no island bench, this reduces how many drawers can be incorporated.
  • Galley kitchen  ̶  allows you to include as many drawers as you wish, once we have allowed for plumbing and appliances.
  • L-shape kitchen with an island bench ̶  the corner of the L-shape can restrict drawers but there is more linear space beneath the bench, depending on the placement of your sink and dishwasher.

A galley kitchen can cater for many drawers. Image: Hettich

Work triangle

An efficient kitchen layout incorporates a concept called the kitchen work triangle.

The primary tasks carried out in the kitchen are between the cooktop, sink and refrigerator. These three points, and the imaginary lines between them, make up the kitchen work triangle.

Once this is established, we discuss with our clients where it is practical to have drawers. For best work flow, it makes sense to keep things close to where you need them most. For example, it makes sense to have pot drawers near the cooktop, while utensil drawers are better suited to the food preparation area.

Weight and size matters

For a couple of reasons, we ask clients if they have any large or heavy items to store.

Firstly, these items will determine the required depth of their drawers and weight rating.

Generally, we use drawers with a 25kg rating, but this can be increased up to 80kg if needed.

To put it in context, a 25kg weight rating adequately caters for a 12-piece dinner setting. However, we will discuss the appropriate weight upgrade if you want to store a number of cast-iron pots and pans or heavy bulk items.

KitchenWise uses Hettich drawer systems which are all high quality and have a lifetime warranty.

Weight and height of storage items is taken into account for drawer hardware. Image: Hettich

Soft close

While “lots of drawers” is on many people’s wish list, so too are soft-close drawers.

Soft-close drawers add a luxurious quality to your kitchen and minimise the chance of items shifting. A non-slamming drawer is also a safety feature, especially useful for households with young children.

We incorporate Hettich soft-close drawers as a standard installation in our kitchens.

Hettich soft-close drawers are a standard feature in a KitchenWise kitchen. Image: Hettich
Children are less likely to slam their fingers in a soft-close drawer.

Inserts and dividers

The most popular choice of drawer inserts are for cutlery, utensils and spices. Drawer inserts are great space organisers and are available in various materials and configurations. You also have the choice of inserts which you customise and alter as required.

Drawer dividers can partition sections to secure items from shifting with drawer movement. Dividers also ensure you can maximise your use of space. For example, you can create more space and ease access by leaning items such as chopping boards and baking trays on their sides. Dividers are the perfect way to hold these types of things in place.

OrgaTray cutlery inserts are one of the most popular drawer organisers. Image: Hettich
This KitchenWise client limited their drawer inserts to the cutlery, spices and utensil drawers.
Clients can choose drawer organisers such as OrgaFlag inserts, available to view along with other accessories in the KitchenWise showroom. Image: Hettich
Timber inserts such as OrgaStore are a luxurious upgrade in drawers which can protect crockery. Image Hettich
Dividers can be customised for tall items and prevent movement. Image: Hettich

Oh, decisions! Decisions!

Remember, at the end of the day, how many drawers you choose and what, if any, internal features you include  ̶  will be determined by your space, budget and storage requirements. Our expert team of kitchen specialists can guide you in your decision-making. We’d love to help!

Contact us today to turn your dream kitchen “with lots of soft-close drawers” into a reality.   http://www.kitchenwise.com.au/contact

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Having specialised in shop and commercial fit-outs for more than 20 years, the KitchenWise team understands that no two jobs are the same.

The scale of work varies from full cabinetry fit-outs to custom cabinetry in existing work spaces. Other projects require cabinetry to enhance functionality and flair to industry-specific fit-outs provided by specialist suppliers.

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While each of our clients ran very different businesses, they shared two common elements on their fit-out brief.

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Not only does it look great, the well-planned use of space saves you time – and stress – in accessing what you need in a hurry.

Often, lack of organised storage space in other areas of the home – or even garage – results in non-bedroom paraphernalia cluttering floor and precious shelf space in the bedroom wardrobe. 

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The GV Health Foundation Charity Home, built by Sessions Builders and a host of other local trades and suppliers on Sanctuary Dve, Kialla, opened to the public in early February.

As the only eight-star energy home in the Goulburn Valley, its design and future sale for charity, has created a lot of excitement in the community.

Sessions Builders charity home project manager Bethanie Hemeter said local trades and suppliers gave as much as they could to bring the charity project to fruition.

“Any generosity was welcomed, so we could keep the cost down to donate as much as possible,” Bethanie said.

“Businesses donated services, materials, hard goods, soft goods and their time to build this home and proceeds from the sale of the house will go to the GV Health oncology unit.

“The generosity from trades and suppliers has been fantastic and the response from people visiting the home has been amazing.”

The charity house, also known as the Verde display home, will be sold within the next year. In the meantime, display home visitors are being wowed by the home’s many features.

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Most of our clients tell us they want as many drawers as possible in their new or re-modelled kitchen.

A kitchen brimming with drawers is on-trend for good reason.

Drawers provide 30 per cent more storage than cupboards and make it easier to find and access items.

This means a more organised kitchen – and less twisting and bending to access hard-to-reach items.

Drawers require more hardware than cupboards, so drawers are more expensive. Therefore, your budget and kitchen shape will ultimately determine your quantity of drawers.

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