Thursday, March 21, 2013
Most of us store our silverware in a kitchen drawer, using some sort of divider to separate knives, forks and spoons. But what do you do when you don't have a drawer?
1. Use a flatware chest.
There are all sorts of basic flatware chests, in colors like walnut and black, but of course my eye goes to the more unusual ones, like the gold butterfly flatware chest from Mikasa. Mikasa's birds flatware chest is also pretty wonderful.
I'm also totally taken by this blue and gold flatware chest, which fellow organizer John Trosko pointed me to.
2. Use a flatware caddy.
You've got lots of choices here; the caddy above comes from Pottery Barn. Many were intended for buffets or picnics, but there's no reason they can't be used for more permanent storage. And of course, anything with the right shape could be used, not just something specifically designed to be a flatware caddy.
But let's look at a few more caddies, anyway. This one comes from Totally Bamboo.
And here's the flatware caddy from Towle Silversmiths. It's sold a number of places; this photo comes from Solutions.
3. Use a kitchen rail system.
For example, the Ikea Grundtal rail system I wrote about before has a cutlery caddy as one of its options.
4. Use flatware that comes with its own rack.
There are a few sets like this, but the one that caught my eye is this one, from Cambridge SilverSmiths. This won't work if you already have flatware you like — but for some people, it might be the ideal solution. If you don't like the colored handles, here's another hanging flatware set.