A detail about slots and movable dividers

I received the following question from a customer:

We have ordered more movable dividers than we think we will use, just to have a few extra’s, so if you normally choose the location of the slots to allow even spacing, then for all movable dividers that are oriented from front-to back (the ones that are 7-5/8” and 10-1/2” in both drawers) please assume one less divider per section when determining that spacing.  This will result in three 3-1/4” spaces across those sections of the first drawer (assuming 1/8” thick dividers), and five 3.45” spaces across those sections of the second drawer.  If you don’t normally base the slot locations of the number of dividers, that’s fine.  We’re not asking for something special.  However, if the slot locations do normally take the number of dividers into account, then please make those determinations as described above.

Here is my response:

Good question. I understand about ordering extra dividers, but, no, we do not adjust the spacing of the slots based on the quantity of dividers. 

Now you know.

When scooped dividers are not appropriate

Scooped dividers are handy — even essential — in some situations. In others, they’re just a preference. There’s one situation, though, where having scooped dividers is not advised — when they’re oriented perpendicularly to the utensils they separate. Not only are they unnecessary in those situations, they’re a liability. Let me explain…

In general, scooped dividers should be oriented in same direction as the utensils, as in the scooped divider (not circled) on the left in the image above.

The remaining circled scooped dividers in the photo above are oriented perpendicularly to the utensils that will be in those sections and will be subject to the impact of sliding utensils on the smallest, most vulnerable area of the dividers, the material just below the cutout, as the drawer is opened and closed.

In such cases, we insist that you opt for regular dividers. Not only will you save money, you’ll get a more durable product.

The Orderly Drawer slot-and-divider system


It all started with a customer musing about his flatware drawer, “If this organizer were adjustable…”

The wheels started spinning (literally and figuratively) and weeks later a method and feature had been developed.

Our traditional inserts have adjustable dividers that fit into slots. The slots are rounded at the bottom, so if you have a bottomless insert, when you lift the insert up, the dividers will not fall out. (Clever is my husband, no?)

Santiago inserts have slots with a similar, though different, feature to keep the dividers securely in place but unable to fall out of a lifted insert. The slots terminate rather than running the entire height of the inserts.

Santiago kitchen drawer insert