WHY THE DETAILS ARE THE PRODUCT
It seems like such a simple idea. Just put one box inside another and make it work like a drawer. But our DrawerBoxes™ are better described as deceptively simple. Our current versions are the result of over 8 years of tweaks and improvements.
Stated simply, our DrawerBoxes are designed to be an integrated system in which every part contributes to the whole to make it truly function like a drawer.
Let’s start with the length. Our origins go back to the traditional “long box”, used by comic collectors for over 25 years. Long boxes are commonly 28”-29” long. Why? Don’t ask. It’s too long of a story to explain here. But it was no accident that we settled on the 26" length for our long comic DrawerBox. The extra comics in the length of a 29" box increases the weight of the drawer by a little over 5 pounds, about a 11%-13% increase. That manifests itself 2 ways: that weight is multiplied by the number of boxes you stack, which reduces the maximum height a little. More significantly, the drawer becomes heavier to pull out.
Assuming you don't mind pulling the heavier weight, you also have to make sure the front of the box that you are pulling on also can withstand the weight. Our drawers have 4 layers of cardboard around the handle to help support them. Most long boxes do not, which means you are pulling more weight with less durability and over the long term they would not hold up.
Similarly, our short comic DrawerBox length was the result of a national survey in which we asked collectors what length worked best for them to fit in the tightest spaces and still give them the capacity they needed.
DrawerBox drawers are designed with tabs on the end to signal when the drawer is almost all the way out. This is important because most people are inclined to give the drawer a firm tug to extend the drawer. Without the tab, it is easy to pull the drawer out too far and spill the comics on the floor. Potentially cataclysmic if you pull out a drawer from the 4th level or so!
The width of the drawer has to be narrow enough to fit in the housing, but not too narrow or you have a sloppy operation, not to mention defeating the safety tabs.
Height is also crucial. The obvious reason is that if the drawer is too tall the drawer will not fit. But even if it is slightly shorter problems may develop because it is normal for the drawer to hang down a little as weight is applied. But a drawer that is too short will simply fall out if it left too far open. So you have to either remove the drawer entirely every time you open it or never leave the drawer more than partially open, limiting your ability to get to the contents in the back.
And what about the tendency for the unit to tip over when it is extended open? Our BoxLox Box Anchors were created to address that.
And, of course, upgraded materials have to be used to make them strong enough to stack. If you can’t do that, their purpose is defeated.
We have spent a number of years perfecting our design to ensure our DrawerBoxes work as well as possible. Even though the concept is deceptively simple, a lot of engineering went into making sure they would work correctly.
Our goal in the beginning was to create a storage device that worked like a drawer, but was completely modular. And to make that happen, the details had to become the product.