By depth I mean from the front of the drawer to the back of the cabinet.
My question is what would be the minimum reasonable depth for a drawer?
I am designing a cabinet to fill a space, but the depth needs to be minimal
due to it sticking into the room where a hallway enters.
Could I get by with say 12" deep drawers. Would I be able to find
full-extension drawer slides that could be easily adapted to work with the
Thanks for advice. Oops, sorry, advise. <g>
Commercial full extension drawer slides are definitely available in 12"
lengths. You won't have much wiggle room, but it should work (most brands
are a little (1/4" or so) shorter than the specified length).
It's not a bad practice to design around hardware dimensions. Shop around
for your drawer slides and then measure them before you build your cabinets.
Of course, if you use wooden drawer slides, you can make your drawers any
depth you want.
Rockler carries full extension drawer slides as short as 8", so the depth
shouldn't be a problem. Just make smaller drawers. :)
When we built our kitchen cabinets, I had a water valve where a bank of
drawers was supposed to go. I simply made the bottom drawer shorter than
the others (about 16" front to back, compared to 22" for all the rest). It
worked great, and you can't tell it's any different unless you pull the
drawers out and compare.
I also made a built-in dresser for our master closet. The alcove was only
16" deep, so I ended up using 14" drawer slides. It works great too.
Just recently I built a new computer desk, and one of the drawers fit in
front of a cable access panel. Even though the cabinet was 24" deep, I only
made the drawer 12" deep (for pens, paperclips, rubber bands, etc.) to
clear cables and whatnot. Again, no problems with the shorter drawer.
Realizing your need for the depth. Have you thought about the height of
that narrow of a cabinet? You may have some problems with stability on
a high cabinet that is that narrow.
If it because it is in a narrow passageway you may be able to get away
with a deeper base of about 1/3 the height and the upper 2/3 could be
that 12" depth. That way hips and upper bodies can pass easier. And,
legs don't need as much room to pass. Base could maybe be 18" in depth
Just a thought!
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