Head to Head: Cabinet Drawers vs Cabinet Rollout Trays

Modern kitchen top view, opened drawers and stove with cooking pan, minimalist interior design

Whether you are starting fresh with brand-new cabinets or you are having your cabinets refaced and want to add new functionality to your cabinets, you are likely to come across the question: Should I add drawers or rollout trays? The answer is simple: It depends on your preferences.

You can always reach out to Cabinet Magic to learn more about your options for cabinet accessories. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the pros and cons of both options and to learn what situations each one is best for.

Drawers Are Great for Ergonomics

The biggest advantage to a drawer is that they are easy to open and you only have to take a single step. Compare this to rollouts, which require you to open the doors and then pull out the tray. This may seem like a minor difference but for those who cook a lot and often have many pots and pans going at the same time, it can make a huge difference.

Drawers are often the top choice for larger cookware as well. When compared to rollouts, they are larger and they do not have the low sides that rollouts do. As a result, tall items can be easily stored. With a rollout, if you do store a tall pot, it is more likely to fall when the tray is pulled out quickly.

Rollout Trays Can Be More Easily Retrofitted

Though they both can be added at any time, drawers are more easily added when the base cabinet is made. They require their own unique frame while rollout trays can be added at any area at any time. This is why retrofitting customers often choose rollout trays.

Drawers are better for storing large items, as discussed above, and rollout trays are better for storing smaller items. The fact they have low sides allows you to open them up, se inside, and know exactly what you have. This is particularly useful when storing foodstuffs that may sometimes get lost in the shuffle.

Finally, consider that rollout trays offer adjustable height. This means that as the years go on and your kitchen needs change, rollout trays are more easily customized.

Which Option Is Best for You?

As you can see, either option works in almost all situations. For many of our clients, the cost difference is a huge factor as well. We cannot give you information on how much it will cost to add rollouts and /or drawers because the price varies greatly based on the material you want and the current makeup of your cabinetry. To get a better idea, contact Cabinet Magic at 800-570-4194 for assistance.