I made a drawer latch that allows the IKEA MAXIMERA internal drawer to be pulled out together with the exterior drawer front.
Reason for this hack is I wanted my most used dishes easily accessible.
In the regular IKEA kitchen cabinet with a pull out drawer front, only the bottom drawer opens up when you pull the exterior drawer front.
The upper internal drawer remains in the cabinet and you’ll need to pull out the internal drawer after opening the drawer front.
I could put my most used dishes in the bottom drawer but that would mean I would always have to bend down deep for the dishes. Which is not ideal.
If I don’t want to bend as deep for them, I need to store them in the internal drawer above. But that would mean that I always have 2 handles to go to access them: pull out the bottom (60cm) drawer and then pull out the internal drawer.
Wouldn’t it be much better, to open both at the same time by pulling out the 60cm front and access the upper level first and only to push back in the internal drawer to access the bottom drawer?
This is, why I modified it.
And now with a drawer latch, it works like this:
If I pull out the 60cm drawer front, both drawers (bottom + internal) open and I can directly access the upper one of both. If I need to access the lower one, I just release the black hook with one finger while pulling out and push the upper one (internal) back in.
When I then close the cabinet, the black hook will automatically snap in and for the next opening, both drawers will again open together. This saves much time and back pain. I absolutely love it.