Santos kitchen furniture: large-capacity drawers and double drawers
06 / 09 / 2021
The horizontal projection system of Santos kitchens eschews units with doors in the lower area, due to their limitations in terms of accessibility and visual range. Full-extension, large-capacity drawers are used in their stead. These drawer units offer a panoramic view, facilitating access and the location of contents—two essential factors to make cooking and tidying up so much quicker and easier.
Santos drawers and double drawers: more capacity in less space
The surface area of homes has gradually grown smaller over the past few years, but this has not been the case for the need for available space in the kitchen, whether for work, storage or enjoying a meal in good company. What’s more, new lifestyles have led to the emergence of more practical and convenient packaging and utensils, which have the downside of being much bulkier.
Santos has always taken an active approach in this regard, which is why its kitchens have always been designed for the utmost functionality in the least amount of space. A good example of this is the brand’s standard base unit, which—by default and regardless of the height of the unit—comes with drawers that are 55 cm deep. This is a significant increase in capacity compared with other manufacturers’ offerings, which come with standard drawers that are only 50 cm deep.
The Santos range of drawers includes a total of five depths—ranging from 30 to 65 cm—and eleven widths—ranging from 30 to 120 cm—, which makes it the widest on the market.
The top drawers are available in two variants: standard—in melamine with an Earth Walnut finish—and HGA—in natural veneered Olive Ash or American Walnut wood. Both come with a faux leather melamine bottom with a Graphene finish as standard. The HGA variant lets the user choose a natural veneered wood bottom with the same finish as the drawer.
For the double drawers, Santos offers two finishes: Pearl White—only for the HGA variant—and Graphene, both with reduced-thickness sides, back and front to optimise space better.
To guarantee long-lasting strength and durability, all drawers are subjected to strict tests to ensure they can withstand at least 200,000 open-and-close cycles.
Up to four tiers of storage per unit
Based on a study on the ergonomics of daily activities in the kitchen, Santos structures the furniture for the preparation and cooking areas into three tiers of drawers, making it easy to organise tableware, crockery, supplies and large utensils.
The first tier contains the most commonly used items. These drawers have a modular base, so they can be customised with pull-out accessories that are interchangeable such as knife racks, spice racks, chopping boards, chopping boards with crumb collecting trays, serving trays, etc.
The second tier is used to store dishes and food. The plate rack, with its positionable wooden pivots and moisture-resistant laminated board base, makes it possible to store dishes securely and tidily, adapting to any plate or dish size. Other accessories such as wooden boxes, pull-out wooden containers, bread box, bottle rack, baguette bag and board rack can be extremely useful in partitioning the interior of the double drawers to keep their contents organised without taking up space.
The third tier of drawers is designed for storing pots, pans and large items. The divider accessory makes it easy to organise the contents according to size while the non-slip liner mat keeps items from sliding around whenever the drawer is opened or closed.
What’s more, in small kitchens or kitchens that need plenty of storage space, the Santos plinth drawer unit makes it possible to add another tier to 66 cm high base units. It expands the capacity of base units down to the floor, making the most of the available height. Both tableware and food can be stored as it does not touch the ground. It has a mechanical push to open system that makes it easy to open. Its fronts tilt inwards to prevent tripping when working near the worktop.
Systems that make opening drawers and deep drawers easier
Santos has developed two solutions to make opening drawers and deep drawers easier—regardless of how large or full they are—, even when the user’s hands are full.
One of them is the electric assisted-opening system (SAA), which consists of a vertical profile with ejectors attached to the back of the unit. It is activated by pressing on the drawer front.
In addition to this, the mechanical assisted-opening system (SAA-MC) does away with handles and comes with a mechanical ejector that automatically opens the drawer whenever pressure is applied on the drawer front. It is a great alternative to SAA which does not require a power supply.
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