Pots, Pans, and Big Cookware Take Up Too Much Space in Your Cabinets. Use Drawers for Design and Convenience

Simple, straightforward pot drawers
The 21st Century has so far had its fair share of headaches. Our ever growing wealth, and what to do with it, is often one of them. It was not too long ago that all you needed in the kitchen was one pan, a select few different sized pots and a griddle and you could let your culinary dreams run wild. Enter the 21st Century and so many people seemingly have more than they could ever need: A non stick and regular set of multiple different sizes of cookware, a toaster and a toaster oven, an electric skillet, a crock pot, a rice cooker, and the list goes on and on and on…
Pot Shelves
Extendable pot shelves behind cabinet doors
We have so many tools and appliances in the kitchen and many of them get used once in a blue moon, if ever. The problem is that the hoarder in all of us says “I can’t throw this away, I might need it someday” and thus we are faced with a serious storage problem in the kitchen. One common kitchen theme among cooking enthusiasts is to hang cookware over a kitchen island. There’s some pros and cons here. On the one hand, you’ll make sure that every pot and pan is clean to a grade A restaurant standard so they can look beautiful left out for every eye to see. On the other hand, you have to take the time to clean them all with an extra helping of elbow grease, and often you’ll need impressive dexterity to get them down off of their hooks.
Pot Drawers
Pot drawers with a lid section
This leaves pull out shelves, lazy susans, and pot drawers, specifically large ones and preferably at counter height lower as the best option when it comes to cookware storage. Pot drawers done right make access a breeze and allow plenty of space for necessary and unused kitchen tools alike.
Seven Pot Drawer Ideas
1.     Work from your end goal backwards. Lay out every pot, pan, large, and heavy cookware that you have in your possession. Make some decisions. Do you need more? What else will you get if you do? Once you have an estimate in mind, think long and hard about how much space you’ll need to fit your end total.
2.     Are you a “put it wherever it fits” or “everything must have its place” kind of person? What about the other people in the house who handle kitchen responsibilities? This will help you decide between having more open space storage or a more organized approach. For young and some adult men, location charts can be helpful to keep everything in its place.
3.     Hardware’s importance cannot be underestimated when it comes to pot drawers. You buy the right hardware today and you won’t have to worry about pulling open those heavy drawers for 30 plus years.
4.     Do you want to store your lids separately or on your pots? If you want to keep them separate, make sure they will match easy, you don’t want another plastic container mess. Make sure too that keeping lids on pots won’t take up unnecessary space.
5.     Allow for two or three different sized drawers. Dedicate one for your largest cookware, one for frying pans and smaller pots, and maybe one more, depending on whether or not you want to keep lids separate.
6.     If you face an inability to make drawers because of lack of space on the walls, you can always opt for a stand alone unit with wheels. Bonus: you get more counter space.
7.     For even more great ideas on installing pot drawers, go to http://www.houzz.com/pot-drawers

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