If you dream of having the ultimate kitchen organisation – and let’s face it, who doesn't? – then a trusty cutlery storage tray is one of the most vital components in the fight to keep your drawers tidy. They'll separate your silverware and large utensils, making them easier to find. Plus, if bought to fit, they should not only help keep the space orderly but clean too.
While the humble cutlery drawer insert may seem a simple purchase, there are some small factors to consider that will ensure you get the ideal one for your kitchen. In this article, we’ll quickly cover these before going on to show you our favourite wooden bamboo, plastic and expandable trays, all ready to order from Amazon and John Lewis.
With specifics differing from kitchen to kitchen and family to family, so too do the various cutlery tray options available. To ensure that your drawers are organised how you like, this buying guide will touch on the pertinent considerations – dimensions, sections, materials and expandability.
It’ll be no surprise to anybody that a cutlery tray that's too big or too small will be of no use. Therefore, measuring the space within your drawers is essential.
One feature that people often forget is to measure the height, as this can cause the cutlery to get stuck – which soon becomes extremely frustrating. Most cutlery trays are between 4 and 5 cm high, meaning they will work best with a drawer that's at least 8 cm deep.
Of course, getting the partition to fit lengthways and widthways is also important. Otherwise, you’ll have it rattling around in there with more space for debris and other bits of junk to clutter up around the sides. Some options give you the chance of expanding to fit the drawer snugly, but more on that later.
Next, you’ll want to consider what you aim to store and how many sections you’d like for that. Some people may prefer to dedicate the space to silverware and keep their utensils hanging up or on the counter, while others may want to store a bit of everything in there.
Thankfully, companies provide a range of choices from as little as three sections to as many as 12! The majority offer around four or five, which give you space for full-sized silverware, smaller cutlery like teaspoons, and then a section for utensils.
If you’re planning on storing a lot of utensils, it might also be worth considering the size of the compartments as well. Sadly, brands don’t provide the dimensions for these, but they are easy to recognise as large, medium or small, so it’s worth taking this information into account.
When it comes to the material of the cutlery trays, there are two clear front runners – plastic and bamboo. Plastic is slightly more popular, though, because the material is easy to keep clean, sturdy enough for the drawer and not susceptible to growing mould or mildew (as long as you put the cutlery back clean and dry).
However, in recent times, more people are opting for wooden bamboo trays. This is generally because it's a much more eco-friendly choice. Therefore, if you want to do your part for the world, this is a great option. That said, it is more susceptible to mould, so you need to be sure that your cutlery is dry before returning it to the tray.
Finally, you might want to keep an eye out for trays with expanding qualities. The first thing to understand, however, is that this doesn’t mean that the tray expands to fit more in – that isn't how it's been designed. Instead, this expansion is so that the tray will fit perfectly within the drawer.
This is a simple mechanism that usually works by pulling the width to elongate it. Therefore, if your trouble comes from the object being too small lengthways, then sadly, this isn’t going to help. Having this extra mechanism also means that there is something more likely to break, so you’ll want to be careful when using it to ensure that doesn’t happen.
A dependable cutlery tray isn’t the flashiest buy when putting a kitchen together, but it will definitely go a long way in terms of organisation and tidiness. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of our favourites that are available to buy online right now.
|Dimensions||32.3 x 60.6 x 4.4 cm|
|Dimensions||37 x 48.5 x 5 cm|
|Dimensions||33 x 25.5 x 5 cm|
|Dimensions||41 x 33.7 x 5.3 cm|
|Material||Plastic with non-slip lining|
|Dimensions||40.5 x 33 x 4.5 cm|
|Material||Plastic with non-slip lining|
|Dimensions||39.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm|
|Dimensions||33 x 29 x 5 cm|
|Dimensions||48.5 x 37 x 5 cm|
|Dimensions||39.8 x 11.4 x 5.8 cm|
DrawerStore Compact Cutlery Organiser Tray
Adjustable Bamboo Tray
Plastic Kitchen Cutlery Tray Organiser
DrawerStore Cutlery & Utensil Tray
Premium Anti-Slip Cutlery Organiser
Expandable Silverware Tray
Natural Elements Cutlery Organiser Tray
Expandable Bamboo Cutlery Tray
Innovative, Space-Saving and Stylish
A Great Combination of Looks and Functionality
Cheap, Cheerful and Does What It Says on the Tin
Cleverly Merges Two Drawers Into One
Add a Burst of Colour for a Bargain Price
Smart by Name, Smart by Nature
The Best of the Bamboo and Plastic Worlds
Handily Expandable and Made From Premium Bamboo
A Unique Option for Utensils
|Dimensions||39.8 x 11.4 x 5.8 cm||48.5 x 37 x 5 cm||33 x 29 x 5 cm||39.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm||40.5 x 33 x 4.5 cm||41 x 33.7 x 5.3 cm||33 x 25.5 x 5 cm||37 x 48.5 x 5 cm||32.3 x 60.6 x 4.4 cm|
|Material||Plastic||Bamboo||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic with non-slip lining||Plastic with non-slip lining||Bamboo||Bamboo||Plastic|
Feeling inspired to banish the clutter and organise your kitchen once and for all? We've got lots more helpful tips, tricks and recommendations below to maximise your available space and make storing, prepping and cooking that little bit easier.
So there you have it – our quick-fire guide to finding the perfect cutlery tray. We hope that the information in the buying guide helped illuminate some of the subtleties that separate the options, and fingers crossed there's something that tickles your fancy in the ranking. Here's to kitchen organisation!
Author: Lewis Clark
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