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Drawer Size: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Pop quiz: What’s the perfect size of drawer for your bathroom? How about your kitchen?

First, let’s note that there are standards in the industry. The standard counter height is 36 inches. The standard depth is 25 to 30 inches. Does this mean that all of your drawers should be 25 to 30 inches deep? Does that mean you can’t have drawers that vary in size or deviate from that standard? So many questions—and for someone remodeling or building new, these questions can take time to sort out (but we’ll tell you right now that not every drawer has to be the same size!)

The short—and definitive—answer to this question is absolutely not!

That pop quiz was a trick question because the truth is that the perfect size of drawer, no matter what room it’s in, is the size that best fits your stuff.

Obviously, you’ll need bigger drawers for some things. A Dutch Oven is bigger than a spatula, right? So planning out drawer space in a kitchen will have to accommodate all of the things that you use in the kitchen: pots and pans, silverware, cooking utensils, countertop appliances, dinnerware, cups and glasses, linens—you get the idea.

Same is true of your bathroom. Towels and other linens take up more physical space than a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste. Blow dryers are harder to store than brushes and combs.

While you may not be able to custom create a drawer or cabinet for every single thing you own, you can certainly customize your storage solutions in a way that makes your life easier. The first step is to really think about the objects you need to store: how big are they? How often do you use them? Are there objects that can be stored together easily and effectively (such as silverware in a kitchen) together?

Once you’ve identified what you need to store and where you want to store it, work with your contractor or designer to create the best solution. If you work with us, we’ll tell you that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to drawers. Why?

Because smaller items can get lost in bigger drawers. Also, bigger drawers can be harder to organize, and they can also be harder to keep clean and tidy—especially if the things you’re putting in those big drawers are better suited to a smaller drawer.

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