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Help: My New Kitchen Only Has One Drawer!

Moving is not easy. First, I had to search for a decent kitchen. Then I had to prioritize my needs — yes I must have a dishwasher and an island. Next I had to pack the entire kitchen and my extensive recipe collection.

Finally, I've officially moved in, start to unpack, and realize that my new kitchen only has one drawer. One drawer. With all my serving ware, utensils, bar tools, random gadgets (egg poacher, immersion blender, etc.), and food storage (foil, parchment paper, saran wrap, etc.), I definitely need more than one drawer. What should I do? Put a dresser in the kitchen?

Get a food storage shelving unit? Help readers! I would love to hear your advice.

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Read2me Read2me 7 years
You can take rinsed out coffee cans or other containers and use modge podge to cover them with fabric or paper for cheap but fun utensil holders. (I even used some soup cans and made mini ones for my daughters play kitchen)
26rosebud 26rosebud 7 years
I love how not martha used her wall space for storage:
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
And I thought my kitchen was small. o.o I'm running out of space in my kitchen as well, and have been contemplating getting one of those metal shelving units you can find at Lowe's etc. I've see pictures of them holding baskets of kitchen gadgets and such, standing right near the kitchen. I think it would be great to get one of those, but only if you have the space near your kitchen to put it. Anon 12, I would love to see a picture of the peg board!
syako syako 7 years
There are tons of things you can install inside your cabinets that are drawer like. For example: or these from bed bath and beyond:
skigurl skigurl 7 years
just as an aside, for anyone who actually has the luxury of designing their own kitchen - i just moved into my new house and for the first time ever we have 3 regular drawers but then in lieu of 2 cupboards, we have three large drawers as well (pot drawers) - so two small drawers are for utensiles, one is for kitchen linens, one is for pots and pans, one is for big bowls and tupperware, and one is a junk/catch all drawer it's much easier to use drawers than to use cupboards, so think about that when designing a kitchen for sure!!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
if it has lots of cupboards but just fewer drawers, you could get little baskets from any home store or ikea or whatever and put your stuff in this and place it in a would do the same trick as a drawer, by containing smaller items, but you'd just have to pull the basket out when you needed into it... i had to do that once in a dorm room for my socks and underwear, i had little baskets under my bed and just pulled them out as needed, much like a drawer would work
smileyface smileyface 7 years
I basically only have one drawer also. There are 2 in my kitchen, but the second one is smaller so I use it as a junk drawer and the bigger one for my utensils. I have one of those metal 3 tier racks that I use for extra storage. Maybe you could get one of those and put some nice boxes or trays on them to store your various utensils. Or you could get various utensil holders so that they are easier to get to. Good luck and let us know what you decide!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
UGH, my old kitchen had one drawer as well, which of course we had to use for everyday utensils (forks, spoons, knives) and since it was very narrow not much else would fit. We put the cooking utensils in a nice jar, we still had left overs. I forget where we put our knives. We put our ziplocs, foil, etc. in the one drawer in the rolling kitchen cart we had on the one side of the kitchen. We folded our dish towels and they were in a cabinet, but I bet you could do something really cute. It was strange but I guess we found a place for everything one would want to put in drawers. We also had no counter or cabinets either, I don't know how we survived!!
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
My friend had this problem, but she had more counter space than the pictured kitchen. Anyhow, she got a nice jewelry chest with drawers long enough for her utensils and had it on the counter.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My kitchen has plenty of drawers, but no counterspace, so I got a set of shelves that go against the wall. Then I put baskets on them to hold all my stuff. You could maybe try something similar. They also make drawers that you can bolt onto the undersides of your cabinets.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Utilize the space on top of your cupboards. Possibly fashioning "drawers" out of attractive wicker bins and baskets. Also, for your chef's knives, consider swapping out the bulky cutlery block for a magnetic strip near your prep area, thus giving you a bit more counter space to work with. limelindsey--super (and cute) idea!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
2 examples (mine wasnt exactly like this however)
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i never had just one drawer but i had very few drawers in one of my kitchens, so i got a cute shelving unit from walmart.. it kind of looks like a curio, so you can store stuff on the top shelves, and the bottom shelves are covered by a little door. adds sotrage no doubt. on a side note, my new kitchen has a pantry and i LOVE it. never had one before but the storage there (and all the millions of closets all over the place) makes the place so lovable lol
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I don't have this problem in my current kitchen, but the last place I lived only had a few drawers. I went to a paint-your-own-pottery place (though you don't have to do this - I just like painting my own stuff!) and got a utensil holder. It's fairly large - about the height of a coffee can but not quite as big around. I put all my highly used tools in the holder and then placed it by the stove. It's perfect because it matches my kitchen and it's really handy! No trying to open a drawer with a gunky hand because I forgot to get a spatula out. If it were me, I'd use the one drawer for my silverware and knives, for safety's sake. Just as an aside: who the hell designs a kitchen with only one drawer??? I'd be interested to see if your neighbors have a similar problem.
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