Every home needs shelving. But, as it's such a vital part of every home and in every kitchen or bedroom, it cannot be easy to know where to start when planning your interior design. However, an intricate engineering process goes into designing such basic household things.

What Is the Difference Between Shelves and Drawers?

A shelf is a two or three-dimensional platform or a stand with one or more vertical surfaces. Shelves are fabricated out of plywood and other materials by creating boxes (i.e., grooves in the wood). The box is then covered with a veneer (wood paper) to protect the wood from moisture and damage. It can be cut into pieces for space-saving convenience.

A drawer is a vertical cabinet with a horizontal shelf that can slide up and down. It is usually lined with other shelves, dividers, or containers to help organize items.

Where Are You Likely To Find Shelves and Drawers?

Shelves can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, bookcases, and walls. Typically, they are placed at eye level for maximum convenience. Drawers are most commonly found in desks and dressers because we can place items we often use (like pens, notebooks, and makeup) within arm's reach.

Designing Plan for Shelves and Drawers

The way a shelf is designed is a direct result of the intended use of the shelf. A shelf's intended function will decide what material it will be made out of; for example, a wooden shelf will be used to hold heavier objects than a plastic one. Their intended use also determines the shape and size of the shelves; if the shelf is used to hold plates and cups, it would be deeper than if it were holding books. The number of shelves and their width is determined by the number of items that need to be stored. In addition, drawers can add another level of organization to shelves by allowing users to organize objects according to certain needs.

Type of Materials Used for Making Shelves and Drawers

Shelves and drawers are made of many different materials. Many are now made of wood, but it is also possible to find shelves and drawers made of plastic, metal, and glass. Since these areas contain items that may be marked by moisture, the material used must be resistant to water damage.

For this reason, wooden shelves and drawers are most often used in kitchens and bathrooms. Metal can also make attractive bathroom cabinets because they can be tempered or plated with shiny finishes.

Plastic makes attractive shelving units, too, but they tend to scratch easily if they come in contact with sharp objects like pots, pans, or glassware. And although glass is not as susceptible to moisture damage, it is a bit pricier than wood or metal.

Why Would you Consider Designing Shelves and Drawers in Your Room?

  • Looks good
  • Gets more use out of existing materials
  • Improves home security
  • Increase your property's value
  • Makes your room easier to clean

How To Select the Best Shelves and Drawers

When selecting a shelf unit or drawer, it is important to measure your available space and decide how many shelves or drawers you need. You may also want to consider how durable the unit needs to be. If you're placing it in a bathroom, make sure that it can stand up against moisture.

Types of Designing Shelves and Drawers

Shelf slides come in two types. One has the shelf fixed to the base. A bracket around the back connects the other, and a pin slides in to attach them. Drawer slides are made up of only four parts - a pair of supports, a slide, and a runner.

There are three types of drawer slides: side-mounted, front-mounted and dual purpose, which is used when you want the drawer bottom to act as part of the support rather than just being able to slide out from under it


Shelves and drawers are essential in the design and decorating of your home. Drawers are great for keeping things organized and well-tucked away. Shelves are great for displaying books, collectables, and other items. So, choose your most preferred shelves and drawers carefully.