As you can tell from all the recent posts on construction, I am in the middle of planning some remodeling on my home. One of my projects includes designing a chest of drawers. It turns out that there are some common ways of determining pleasing drawer heights. I thought I would review them here. After a quick survey around the web, I found the following mathematical approaches to drawer sizing. They are all based on some form of numerical series.
- uniform progression
The simplest approach is to just make all the drawers the same size.
- arithmetic progression
This approach uses an arithmetic series to determine the drawer sizes. I did find an online calculator for this progression.
- geometric progression
This approach uses a geometric series to determine the drawer sizes. I also found an online calculator this one.
- Fibonacci series
This approach uses a Fibonacci series to determine the drawer sizes.
- Hambridge progression
A commonly used approach that can be drawn using a geometric construction that allows calculations to be avoided. I found an online calculator for this progression as well.
Comparison of Drawer Appearances
To determine the approach I wanted to take, I decided to use a 6-drawer, 50" tall chest of drawers as an example. Figure 1 illustrates this example.
I am a big Mathcad fan and I coded these sequences into Mathcad, which I show in the following screen shots.
The Hambridge progression can be drawn using a compass in the field. This process is illustrated in Figure 7.