Storage drawers are containers used for storing components or supplies used in organizational systems such as shelving or cabinets. Storage drawers help maintain a clean and organized workstation because they provide safe and secure housing for loose components to be stored, thus freeing up space around a workstation.Storage drawers typically come as part of a shelving or cabinet system, with the drawer being the element that holds the materials being stored. Independent of the system, drawers are simply just open storage bins. Drawers slide in and out of the system on a set of rails or along the inner frame of the system. Plastic storage drawers might slide without any simple machine for aid, whereas metal storage drawers might slide with the help of a wheel along the rails.In both industrial and office settings, you can find storage drawers and storage drawer units in use housing anything from hand tools like screwdrivers, hammers, and spanners, to office supplies like a ruler, scissors, or a stapler. This is because drawer storage units are a great way to organize items.For example, a mechanic might like to keep their different bits and sockets organized by size in different drawers. That way, they can easily find the right attachment they are looking for. Similarly, an electrician might store different types of wires or converters in drawers so they don't waste time sorting while preparing for a job.RS carries many different types of storage drawers and storage units in varying sizes and build materials.
Plastic Storage Drawers
Most suited for office settings or industrial settings with light machinery and normal operating conditions, plastic storage drawers and systems are lightweight and easy-to-use solutions for organizing tools, components, and accessories. Plastic is lighter and less sturdy than metal, therefore making it less desirable for use in industrial settings with heavy machinery or extreme temperatures. That said, some metal storage units will use heavier-grade plastic drawers. Plastic storage drawers are also usually transparent so users can see what is inside before opening the drawer.
What to Look for When Buying a Drawer Storage Unit
When considering buying a storage unit with drawers, there are a few deciding factors that need to be weighed to ensure that you buy the right one to fit your needs. Size is of course the most obvious consideration, however, since storage units are almost always square or rectangular in shape, size is therefore very mathematical to calculate and not as important to discuss here.Build Material - After size, you want to make sure that your storage unit is made of a suitable material for the conditions it will be in. RS carries storage systems ranging from light plastic frames and drawers for offices to heavy-duty plastic frames and drawers for factory floors. Just remember, a metal frame and drawers might be a better choice for more industrial settings.Drawer Size - When thinking about the ideal drawer size, you need to consider the optimal height, width, and depth of the drawers. For example, a storage unit with short, deep, and wide drawers that fit papers might be best suited for an office, whereas a unit with tons of small storage drawers might be better for a technician who works with a lot of different components.Drawer Layout - One of the great benefits of some storage systems is that they can have many different-sized drawers in the same system. It's popular for