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″ tall 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.

Pausing on the Santiago Knife Block as we prepare for something better

When we launched the Santiago line about two years ago, we had reason to believe we’d be able to eventually offer that product line at bargain basement prices. After hunting extensively and corresponding with various suppliers and dealing with a shortage of helpers, we were not able to get the price nearly as low as we had hoped.

Needless to say, we were disappointed.

So we’re working on a new line of acrylic products that will be much more affordable and somewhat more versatile, a kind of sister line to the Santiago line products. On top of this, we plan to have a super-affordable you-assemble option on this line. When fully built out, we expect this line of custom inserts to include options/features like a spice rack, cubby grids, and a knife block that can be part of a larger drawer insert.

Stay tuned. If you want to be notified when this new line is ready, make sure you’re on our mailing listWe’ll have some extra-sweet deals for beta testers.  


Organizers for drawers of hutches, sideboards, buffets….

hutch drawer insert

It’s easy for what I’ll call “overflow” drawers to get ignored. I’m talking about drawers in sideboards, hutches, buffets, credenzas, servers… These drawers typically store overflow silverware, the good silver, linens, etc. Their drawers are usually shallower than those found in kitchen cabinets, and finding a suitable organizer can be tricky.

If you’re looking for a nice drawer insert to complement your hutch/sideboard/buffet, we can provide a solution that looks, perhaps, as timeless as the furniture piece.

Makeup drawer inserts

Santiago white acrylic makeup drawer organizer

Makeup Drawer inspiration.

When Orderly Drawer was young, we offered only wood inserts. Today they’re available in acrylic as well, which many may find a more suitable material for makeup and other bathroom drawer.

makeup drawer organizer

custom makeup drawer insert

maple makeup drawer organizer

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



Targeted dividers

maple insert with targeted dividers

Our signature slot-and-divider system was perhaps the thing that initially distinguished Orderly Drawer from other custom insert providers. Most people seemed intrigued by the adjustability the slots provided. But…potential customers would occasionally pop their heads up and say, “I don’t particularly like the look of all those slots.”

Fair enough. Some people like them; others don’t.

Furthermore, we were told, sometimes you know what you want and you don’t anticipate changing it in the future.

Enter targeted dividers,   Continue reading “Targeted dividers”

Full-extension vs 3/4-extension drawer slides and why it matters for your drawer design

There are many different types of drawer slides in modern cabinetry. For the purpose of this post, I’m concerned with two types — those that fully extend and those that do not.

A drawer that fully extends can slide out of the cabinet cavity so that the full real estate of the drawer is exposed, as in the photos below.

custom insert for narrow drawer

drawer organizer - Brandi template with scooped dividers

With full-extension drawers, you’ll have no issues with accessing the contents of your drawer, no matter what template you choose on which to build your design.

Moving on to drawers that do not fully extended, like the one below… Continue reading “Full-extension vs 3/4-extension drawer slides and why it matters for your drawer design”

Glassware drawer organizer

glassware drawer insert

“I saw this photo on your website, but I don’t see how to design and order one like it. How would I do that?”

Good question. The drawer in the above image is ~38″ wide by ~13″ deep and 3″ tall. We didn’t (and still don’t) have a template on our site for so many columns. (The above insert has nine columns.)

If you only need five or fewer columns, you could design a glassware insert on our website using the Phillip template for five columns or the DeAnn template for four.

For a glass insert with more than five columns, Continue reading “Glassware drawer organizer”

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”