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hurtlocker
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The older I get the more questions i ask myself
The latest is the rollout(cabinet door with drawers inside)
what is the point of this
is this only in my area mn
why not just drawers
is it cosmetic
is it cost
when did this start
 

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The older I get the more questions i ask myself
The latest is the rollout(cabinet door with drawers inside)
what is the point of this
is this only in my area mn
why not just drawers
is it cosmetic
is it cost
when did this start
my guess - aesthetics and flexibility. you may remove a concealed drawer at any given time to make more room on the drawer below. or take all of them out for that matter.
 

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hurtlocker
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I could see the the flexibility angle if it is partially rollouts and shelves
other than that i dont see alot of benefit
 

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I had my kitchen cabinets custom built by a friend 9 years ago.Gave him the style and wood ,let him add the components.
Roll outs in every cabinet have been a convenience I never would have thought of.

No reaching around items to get to things in the back.Everything comes out into the light.
Basically everything is easier to see and grab.

Wouldn't want to be without them.
 

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Break it down, rollouts behind a door are different than drawers behind a door. If drawers are used behind a door the only real difference is instead of making 1 DOOR you would make 3(or however many) drawer fronts, so it is really an asthetics thing, there is no reason the drawers behind a door would be any deeper than reg drawers +or- 1". Now the rollouts are different, typically defined by lower or sometimes sweeping sides. These rollouts give the user much more visibility and access to the contents, generally easier to load, but more likely to become overloaded because the parameters of a rollout are less clearly defined. G
 

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People are split on this issue.

There are some like you that would rather have a conventional drawer, mostly to avoid the two step process of opening it.

On the other side there are what some consider the benefits;

The cabinet looks like a traditional cabinet with doors on the bottom and a single drawer on the top.

In some cases you can have more drawer boxes using rollouts than you can if they are conventional drawers.

When done correctly, they are adjustable in height. Giving them the ability to move them to suit their needs. Although I doubt they ever get moved after the initial set up but at least they can set them up the way they want the first time.



I like them for both reasons. I don't like a kitchen that has nothing but drawer banks for base cabinets. And I am a big fan of everything in a base cabinet rolling out for easy access.

I just snapped these for you to illustrate all of the points I made.
-Traditional cabinet look
- Adjustability, the slides are in system holes
- I could not have 4 drawers in this cabinet without using solid drawer fronts and no midrails.
- Everything rolls out full extension

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I like them mostly for pots
and pans, or appliances like
blenders and food processors.
That is going to be one of my
next personal indoor projects.
 

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I could see the the flexibility angle if it is partially rollouts and shelves
other than that i dont see alot of benefit
Well....That is the benefit, other than that why would you spec them?

It's like spec'ing a bread warmer, wine cooler, pull out knife draw or anything else. They are all designed to do something, if you don't have the need, it doesn't make sense to put them in the kitchen.

When somebody designs a kitchen they should be designing it for the end user and come as close as they can to how the customer is going to use it and what is going to be used and stored where. Anybody just throwing sh*t in there for any other reason I say is a hack.
 
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