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Instead of stacks or a storage avalanche, slotted storage compartments for mats, dishes, cooking... in almost any room.

Storing Flat things in a boxy stack can be a problem. Think of the times you've wanted to use the place mats that were second from mthe bottom of the stack. Once you've yanked them out and restacked all the rest, you probably wished there was a better way. The same goes for the bottom serving platter, pie tin, cooling rack, or telephone book.

Here and on page 130, you see six examples of slotted storage compartments that solve the piling problem. Though each system takes up more space than an undivided shelf or drawer the increased efficiency of access is well worth the loss of a few inches.

The open dividers you see at upper left keep stoneware plates in this northern California kitchen handy but unchipped. The slatted base lets air circulate, so plates can drip-dry over the tile counter.

Above right, Eloise and Ron David of Tucson needed spaces of different sizes for serving pieces. They turned two slots horizontally and left three short and three tall vertical slots. Dividers are birch plywood edged with 1/4-by 3/4-inch fir screen molding.

Faye Massey has quite a collection of place mats and napkins. She also had a deep sideboard in her dinning room in La Canada, California, that didn't lend itself to storing them in a neat and accessible way. The solution was two rows of 11 hardboard trays that slide completely out of the sideboard on grooves cut in the vertical dividers. The linens lie flat and stay neat, each set on its own tray.

Above the oven in the Seattle kitchen shown at lower right on page 128, architects from The Singleton Associates specified five narrow shelves, each of which is wide enough to hold two side-by-side rows of place mats.

At far lefts, architect Robert and Elizabeth Cowman designed a slotted underoven drawer for various baking pans.

At near left, architect James Cutler of Bainbridge Island, Washington, worked with cabinetmaker Russell Schlosser to create a divided drawer for directories under the telephone in Patsay and Steve Larson's kitchen. The fir-faced drawer is mounted with full-extension glides.
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