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No-Slip Drawers

Martha Stewart Living, September 1999

Storing sharp knives in a drawer makes for less-cluttered counters and a safer kitchen. But with each pull of the drawer, sliding knives collide, dulling and damaging their finely honed edges. Artists' drawing-board liner (available at art-supply stores) has a slightly rubbery surface that keeps sharp implements stationary and wipes clean easily. Using a ruler and a utility knife, cut a piece of liner to fit the bottom of the drawer, and anchor it in place with double-sided tape.


Comments (13)

  • Char59 31 Mar, 2012

    "Storing sharp knives in a drawer makes for less-cluttered counters and a safer kitchen."

    REALLY??? Putting knives down where kids and/or grandkids can reach them makes for a SAFER kitchen??? Don't think so!

    A knife block takes up maybe a 4"x4" space on the counter...even in my 8' x 9' kitchen I have room for that!

  • sharon1076 31 Mar, 2012

    Great idea! I hate clunky countertops, too. BUT, I use drawers to hide ugly things, not beautiful knives. I use a magnetized strip attached to the wall, so the knives are within easy reach. On Amazon, you can buy a heavy duty French-made knife holder for under $30 with free shipping. Website is
    I ordered the 20" length, but it also comes in 15". This is very sturdy and holds about 10-12 knives, including my cleaver.

  • ehlime 27 Mar, 2011

    Canal Rubber Supply in New York City has this stuff called jar opener material. They are It's very similar. I use it to line my cabinets and nothing slides around. It comes in several colors, too.

  • Shaninred 27 Mar, 2011

    LadyKay, you were looking at the prices for the ROLLS of Vyco vinyl rather than the SHEETS. The sheets are available in various sizes; for instance, 18x24 is regularly priced at $25 but is on sale now for $16.66. 20x26 is on sale for $18.67

  • saslee 19 Feb, 2010

    Seriously, in this economy? Come on! Geez!!! That's ridiculous amount of $$$...even if Martha herself gave us the money to use to do this!!!! (That's enough money for a Kitchenaid mixer all the possible attachments)

  • LadyKay 6 Feb, 2010

    I checked the website for the Vyco sheets. They were $250 to $450 for 10 yds. Whew! I will stick to my rubberized-like $1 to $5 for 5 yards material. Thanks anyway

  • SMILETU 15 Jun, 2009

    This idea is very workable with not only my knives but other sharp object that I need to keep intact....thanks Martha's group and thanks Rmoreno for your added comments...

  • carabau 12 Jun, 2009

    Vyco or 'Borco' can also be found at any good retail art store.

  • MaryCarel 12 Jun, 2009

    This looks fantastic, but I either have too many knives or too little drawer space!

  • mitzii 12 Jun, 2009

    Thanks Rmoreno1254!

  • beachtar 30 Mar, 2008

    Thank you rmoreno1254 for the info on where to find the liner!

  • martaszady 27 Jan, 2008

    Thank you, rmoreno1254.....very helpful! Ordered it in green.
    Great idea Martha!

  • Rmoreno1254 2 Dec, 2007

    This is a great idea! Since i am an Interior Designer, i researched the board covers that were mentioned above. I learned that this materials comes in 3 finishes, Clear, white, cream, and the green above.

    The vendor i prefer is called Vyco Vinyl Sheets. Available online at:

    Under: Drafting Equipment > Drawing Boards > Drafting Boards > White Drawing Boards > Vyco Vinyl Board Covers > Vyco Vinyl Board Cover Sheets

    I hope this helps!