Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 08:46:11 AM. Drawer. By justin.
Selecting the Perfect Drawer Hardware Choosing new drawer hardware is a great way to freshen up your kitchen or bathroom. There are so many different kinds and styles of drawer hardware that the choice can seem like a large one. You have to think about the style your cabinets have and how they fit in with the appliances or other fixtures in the room. Then quality and durability are also important issues, as are color and material of the drawer hardware. Also the size of the drawers is extremely important because even good quality hardware can be damaged by drawers that are too big for it. Here are some ideas to help you in your search for new drawer hardware. Drawer Sizes Of course people do have different sizes of drawers in their kitchens and bathrooms, and it is important to take the size of the drawer into account when selecting drawer hardware. Take the time to measure the drawers before you go shopping for hardware. Also feel how heavy the drawer is and how easy or hard it is to pull out. All of these will need to be taken into account when selecting drawer hardware. Each piece of hardware is made to pull a set amount of weight frequently, but having drawers that are heavier than the appropriate weight for the pull will cause the screws to strip and the knobs or handles to fall right off. Also purchasing the best screws for the job is important for the same reason. Heavy duty screws are needed for drawers that are very heavy or difficult to pull out. Also the size of the drawers face is also important for stylistic purposes. You should think about how big the knob or handle is and how it will look against the size of the drawer face. Types of Drawer Hardware It is also important to understand the types of drawer hardware. There are two basic kinds of hardware for drawers. Handles and knobs both offer different looks and different ways of opening the drawer. Try a few different handles and knobs to see which kind fits in your hand better. Also remember that sometimes certain handles or knobs will not work as well as other handles or knobs. It all depends on the size of your hand, your reaching abilities, and whether or not you have arthritis or other hand problems. Materials Drawer hardware is available in several different kinds of materials. Currently metal is the most common material, and there are many different kinds of metal available. Some common choices include nickel, bronze, brass, and pewter, although there are certainly more choices than just those few kinds. Usually the type of metal you choose depends entirely on the color you want. Think about how each color will look against the color of the cabinets when making a decision. In addition to metal, there are also a few other choices when it comes to materials. Glass drawer pulls are certainly making a comeback, probably because of the wide variety of choices in colors and styles. Hardware manufacturers are able to make many different variations with glass rather than metal because they have a much wider palate of color to work with. While metal hardware may be very ornate, it typically will not be very colorful. Style Style is also very important when choosing new hardware for your drawers. Style can be as simple as how the hardware looks on the drawer or as complicated as how it feels in your hand. It is a very good idea to take samples of several pieces of hardware home so that you can place them up against the drawers and see how they look.
Organizing Kitchen Drawers A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers organized. They arent often seen (assuming they can close!) but are usually responsible for the vast majority of our kitchen clutter. Do you open your drawers and find a jumbled mess? When you open the silverware drawer are you faced with a tangled mess of silverware, napkins, and seemingly random objects? Besides being able to hold our clutter and enabling further disorganization, having messy kitchen drawers can waste time as we scour through them in search of the one thing that we need. By being disorganized, the drawers also hide duplicates and make getting rid of kitchen clutter more difficult; if we cannot lay everything out and see what all we have we are more prone to keeping everything in the drawers and trying not to worry about it - but we can fix this quickly and easily! First, there are a few general guidelines that will help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of or move to a new storage area. This is based on how long it has been since you used an item: More than a year: Get rid of that clutter! If it has been more than a year there shouldnt be any reason to keep it. Almost one year: You should probably look at getting rid of whatever it is - but you might want to keep it if it is used for holidays. These items can be safely moved out of the "active" part of your kitchen and stored somewhere more long term if only used annually. 6 months: Again, you probably want to look at getting rid of these items unless there is some recurring date that happens a few times a year. 1 month: These items need to be looked at for a decision to be made. Maybe they can be moved to a more long term storage area if they are in a "high traffic" drawer. Some of these items may also need to be discarded. 1 day to 1 week: These items make up the most important part of your kitchen and should be placed in the drawers easiest to access and nearest to where they are used. These are the items like silverware, salt & pepper, mixers, etc. Start with the drawer you use the most. For most of us this will be the silverware drawer. Follow these steps to get your silverware organized: Empty out the drawer Wipe out the inside so that you are starting with a clean drawer Get a silverware holder to separate and keep utensils organized If you do not have one or dont want to buy one, use a small box, strips of cardboard, or other method to make dividers that will keep your different utensils separated. Decide where remaining items go: do you need to keep everything that was in the drawer? Can it go with other like items, or does it need to be donated or thrown away? This simple act of organizing your silverware drawer can save you time and possible hand injuries; Ive skewered my finger a few times on knives and forks in drawers - doing that a few times has made me a life long lover of silverware holders! Tupperware / Plastic containers Most of us use some sort of small to mid sized storage containers on a nearly daily basis. These might be used for packing lunches, storing leftovers, or pre-staging dinners. Put these containers in easy to access drawers or shelving units and stack them on themselves. What does this mean? It means to take like containers and nest them on top of like containers and to do the same with the lids. This will save you some space and get items that are similar grouped together. Spices If you dont have a spice rack, or dont want to take up room on your kitchen surfaces, you can store you spices in a drawer. There are racks you can make to help divide these up, but with most kitchens there is a wide variety of spice container sizes and it may be difficult to find the right one for you. What would work better is to put the spices into the drawer the way you want them and then make, or find, long dividers to keep the spice containers in the configuration that you have them in. This could be done with strips of cardboard, sections of thin plastic, or some other similar material. Openers / Skewers / Grill Tools Putting different types of openers, skewers, and grilling equipment into a drawer can help rid your other drawers of sharp and pokey tools that might snag a hand while rummaging around. While this isnt meant to be a catch all drawer it can help to consolidate some of the lesser used items that can be a hazard. These items might include: can opener bottle opener skewers for kabobs tongs spatulas wine bottle opener egg slicer cheese grater Odds And Ends Drawer This may seem like it goes against the idea of getting rid of clutter, but I believe that every kitchen needs a drawer that can catch the odds and ends that are really useful but just dont fit into any other drawer. The trick is to make sure that this doesnt become an overflowing container that anything you cant make up your mind about goes into. A good idea is to look at what is in the drawer as you go to put something in it and apply the time rule that was discussed above. If something hasnt been used in a long time do yourself a favor and toss it! Are there many duplicates in the drawer? Get rid of some of them! Keeping this drawer manageable will make it more handy and useful while preventing it from becoming a center for clutter. For example, right now in my odds and ends drawer I have these things: screwdriver set of batteries for kitchen appliances rubber bands and other items used to keep bags closed a few pens and pencils pad of paper super glue Keeping my drawer limited to things that are actually needed keeps them fairly organized and less of a hassle. When Im in my kitchen I like to know where my supplies are and to be able to easily get to them without having to wade through piles of junk. Take a few minutes to organize a drawer or two and see how much you like having less clutter in your kitchen!
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