A cubby grid for a tie drawer with a curved drawer front

Had the customer asked me about the feasibility of putting a cubby grid in a non-rectangular space, I would have advised against it. But he didn’t ask. He just designed and bought, approved the drawing, and after his order arrived, had been assembled assembled, and put in the drawer, he took the following image and sent it to me. That was the first time I knew about the curved drawer front.

No, it’s not perfect, but he says it works for him and he’s happy. Notice he filled in the gap in the front with glasses cases.

So there you have it. Now we know.

New Concept — 2 Cubby Grids in 1 Drawer

When a potential customer approached us about needing two grids — one for ties and one for belts — in the same large drawer I thought we were going to have to steer her towards a much more expensive maple insert as the solution. Remember: cubby grids can’t stand on their own. They need to have support from all four sides of the drawer, otherwise they’re a wobbly mess.

When I told Nathan what I was planning to propose, he put on the brakes. “That will be so much more expensive. Let me think about it. Seems like there should be a way…”

It didn’t take long for him to realize what I should have. As long as there is a wall to serve as a support between the two grids, there’s no reason two cubby grids couldn’t sit side by side in the same drawer.

So here’s what we did. The customer planned one grid for ties and another for belts, and we reserved enough space to insert 1 or 2 acrylic walls between them. That “dividing” wall between the ties and belts below is nothing more than 2 pieces of acrylic she slipped between the two grids to tighten things up and give extra support all around.

2 cubby grids in a single drawer

“I want a cubby grid, but my drawer is over 31 inches wide. What can I do?”

If you have a greater than 31″-wide drawer, you won’t be able to plan a cubby grid using our design wizard, as it won’t accept drawer dimensions greater than 31.

But you can contact us, and we can design a cubby grid for your large drawer that will actually be two cubby grids with staggered walls that sit side-by-side in your drawer.

The red dots on the drawing below indicate where the “tails” of the two cubby grids would meet.

How tall should the insert in my tie drawer be?

Cubby Grid tie drawer organizer

I recently got some feedback on the height of a tie drawer insert. A customer ordered a 5.5″ tallĀ Cubby Grid for his tie drawer, then found reaching into those tall, narrow compartments to be awkward. The cubbies were sized 2.35″ x 3.85″ x 5.5″.

For ease of access, he recommends a height of 3.5″ for ties.

Tie drawer organizer

Cubby Grid tie drawer organizer

The Cubby Grid was the first acrylic product we added to our product line.

I knew right away that this insert would be ideal for ties. Nathan, though, is not much of a tie-wearer, and even if he were, we didn’t have a drawer to devote to tie storage. But I knew there were many men whose day-to-day “uniform” included a tie, and a well-organized drawer seemed like the best way to quickly see what you have.

After we launched the Cubby Grid, Continue reading “Tie drawer organizer”