Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 03:37:11 AM. Drawer. By Kirby.
Plastic Drawer Inserts for a Better Organized Kitchen It is hard to cook a meal when you cant find any of your tools. Cluttered drawers waste time, lead to accidents and ruin utensils. Plastic drawer inserts are a great organizational solution to the disorganized drawer. Plastic draw inserts make a great choice for several reasons. The heavy-duty polystyrene can withstand the daily use of a kitchen. Utensils like knives and meat tenderizers can really lay a beating on inserts. A good quality insert should be able to take whatever cooking utensils can dish out. Plastic draw inserts are also easy to clean. Kitchens can be dirty places; especially when a great cook is at work. Spills and drips happen on a regular bases. A damp sponge is usually sufficient to clean a dirty plastic draw insert. A soak in the sink can be used to cleanup much bigger messes. Older homes or custom built kitchens are notorious for having drawers that are oddly sized. Plastic draw inserts can be customized to any drawer. Vance Industries, Inc. makes a great line of inserts that can be cut to fit any drawer size. A plastic drawer insert needs to fit well in order to utilize the space to the maximum. Spaces and voids just waste space. They also make great places for elusive kitchens tools and dirt to hide out. The best way to get started on drawer organization is to take a hard look at your current drawers. Decide which drawers arent functioning well enough. Is the junk drawer out of control? Are the spatulas and wooden spoons at war? There are many different types of plastic drawer inserts. Make sure you chose the configurations that will help meet your needs. If you are trying to organize your cooking utensil drawer, take a measurement of some of the items. If the plastic insert wont accommodate the tools it isnt practical. The next step is to measure the drawers themselves. Plastic inserts can be cut down to fit any drawer. They do come in a variety of sizes and lengths. It is a good plan to purchase the plastic inserts that are the closest match to the drawer width and length. If space is at a premium in the kitchen, you may want to consider making your drawers do double duty. Rev-A-Shelf Cooperation has a line of two-tiered drawer inserts. The lower tray has grooves that allow the wheels on the upper tray to roll back and forth. This idea is a great way to maximize the capacity of deep drawers. This type of plastic drawer insert comes in both shallow and deep styles. Other options include a partial or full secondary tray. This makes this type of plastic drawer insert an exceptionally versatile solution to any storage need. Plastic drawer inserts are an easy and affordable way to revamp a kitchen. They can make use of space that is currently being wasted. They can also save time by giving every tool its own space. No matter what type of drawers or tools you have, there is a plastic drawer insert that can put everything in its place.
The Problem With Wooden Drawers Wooden drawers, over time can develop niggling little faults which we invariably put up with, inconvenient and annoying as they can be - when actually - the majority of these problems are relatively easy to fix. Drawers where the base has split and sticking drawers are probably the most common problems experienced. With just a little knowledge these can be rectified without having to start phoning around for a joiner as the first or our only option. Overloading drawers can often be the root cause of sticking drawers. The first step is to completely empty the drawer and remove for inspection. Check for loose or protruding pins or nails either on the drawer or in and around the drawer frame. Where evident; hammer back flush and refit drawer. It could be that simple. Tip. Before getting the toolkit out for sticking drawers; first try rubbing the runners and drawer grooves with candle wax. This might just do the job without any further effort. Drawer runners could also be the culprit. Check how smoothly the draw slides along the wooden runners. If they have worked loose it can be the cause of sticking; again, usually due to overloading. If so, then just apply fresh adhesive to the runner and pin back into place. Worn runners are another common cause of drawer problems. The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check that the underside of the runner is still good - it might be possible to just remove the runner and turn it over. If so, then carefully prise it off with a wood chisel- apply adhesive- and re-pin into position. New runners may be required if turning the old runners round does not solve the problem of sticking. Where this is the case cut a couple of pieces of wood to the same dimensions as the original runners, smooth with a medium abrasive paper and drill with the smallest wood drill bit in your toolbox to take the small diameter of the fixing panel pins or nails. Apply a thin coat of wood adhesive to the back of the new runner- press into position- and affix with pins. Drawer bases can also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they will begin to sag and eventually they can split completely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut a new base piece from either plywood or from a hardwood of choice. Next, remove the nails or pins securing the damaged base to the body of the drawer using pincers, and remove any glue blocks that may be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with new base by gluing and using pins. Drawer bases that are split may be sometimes repaired, that is to say; simply remove both halves from the drawer body and glue them back together. From a strength point of view, depending on usage, this may not be the best option.
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