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How To Choose Storage Drawers

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Drawers can add storage capacity anywhere from small apartments to large offices. They're a great way to make up for lack of closet space or keep everyday supplies within reach.

Different environments need various types of storage drawers, and some storage drawers are constructed more sturdily than others. Size, durability, and ease of use all impact how much use you get out of them. Here are the key questions and answers to consider when shopping for new storage drawers.

How Large Are Storage Drawers?

Storage drawer sizes vary depending on the intended use. Some desktop units are less than 12" tall and wide, while large drawers for clothes or toy storage can be 36" wide. Certain storage drawers can also be stacked for even more options. Many drawer units are only one drawer wide, but some have multiple columns of drawers.

When measuring your space for a set of storage drawers, remember to leave at least 24" of room in front of each drawer, so you can stand in front and open the drawer to access what's inside.

Which Materials are Best for Storage Drawers?

Colorful Metal Frame 10-Drawer Storage Chest
Practical Gray 6 Drawer Storage Chest
Simple Bulue 3 Drawer Storage Chest
Four Drawer Metal Storage Organizer
Woven Maize Fiber Drawer Storage Chest
Black and White Stylish Storage Drawer
3 Drawer Rolling Storage Chest Set
White Functional 6 Case Scrapbook Cart
3 Drawer Plastic Wide Storage Chest
Plastic Organizer 64 Drawer Storage Chest
White Stackable Storage Drawer Set
Multi-colored 6 Drawer Plastic Storage Chest Set
Light Brown 2 Drawer Storage Chest
Manufactured Wood 4 Drawer Storage Chest
White 6 Drawer Rolling Storage Chest
Dark Wood 4 Drawer Storage Chest
Elegant Brown Manufactured Wood Storage Drawer
Vintage Manufactured Wood Storage Box
Yellow Wood 6 Drawer Rolling Storage Chest
White Rustic 3 Drawer Storage Chest
Stylish Rustic 5 Drawer Storage Chest
Simple Gray Wood 2 Drawer Storage Chest
Beige Wood Vintage 3 Drawer Storage Chest
Stylish Old-style Wooden 1 Drawer Storage
Simple 3 Drawer Rolling Storage Chest
Pink Fabric 4 Drawers Storage Chest
Stylish Vinyl Fabric 6-Drawer Storage Chest
Animal Pattern Fabric 6 Drawer Storage Chest
7 Drawers Classic Brown Storage Tower
Functional 3 Drawer Rolling Storage Chest
Brown Wicker 2 Drawer Storage Chest
Dark Rattan 3 Drawer Storage Chest
Brown Wood and Rattan 6 Drawer Organizer
White Wicker 4 Drawer Storage Chest
Hand-woven Rattan 3 Drawer Storage Chest
Elegant White Mini 3 Drawer Storage Chest

What Features Do Storage Drawers Have?

Storage drawers offer a variety of features depending on the needs of your space.

Which Storage Drawers are Best for Offices?

Offices need durable drawers that can hold up to frequent opening and closing. Metal drawers and file cabinets are good long-term investments, but some offices need furniture that is lighter and easier to move. Look for plastic or manufactured wood drawers for a cost-effective yet professional addition to your space.

Make sure the drawers are at least 11" by 14" to store folders or documents comfortably. If you're only using the drawers for office supplies, make sure they're tall and wide enough to fit the supplies you intend to store.

Which Storage Drawers are Best for Classrooms?

Classrooms require child-friendly and safe drawers that cannot be easily knocked over or damaged. Look for storage drawers with a footprint larger than 12" x 12" especially for kindergarten or preschool classrooms.

Storage drawers taller than 36" should have an even wider base. You may still need to secure them to the wall with anchors, especially if they are made of heavy materials like wood or metal.

Plastic drawers are lightweight and easy for small hands to open. Their bright colors make color-coding easy, and they often have label slots to make it easy for teachers to change labels as needed. Wicker or rope baskets are also lightweight yet durable but can be stained by markers and paints.

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