Tackling a DIY cabinetry project may seem like a intimidating task; however, with the right equipment and a little knowledge, you can quickly become a master of the craft. Among the most important aspects of your cabinet drawers are their drawer slides or "glides". Drawer slides are an integral part of cabinet hardware, as they enable its utility and function for your cabinet Drawer Boxes; if the slides become worn or damaged, the pull-out function of your cabinet drawers can quickly become a source of frustration – sticking, jamming, or preventing the drawer’s ability to open and close. Fortunately, replacing damaged drawer slides is a reasonably simple and affordable project, as long as you know how to choose the right system for your cabinets.
The following overview covers everything from mounting styles, measurements to get the proper fit, extension types and understanding some of the specialty options that will help you find the best drawer slides for your cabinet drawers.
Drawer glides can be mounted in different fashions, including side mounts, center mounts, and under mounts. If you’re replacing all of the glides on your drawer boxes, choose a consistent mounting type. If not, look at your existing cabinetry to find the common mounting type and replicate it.
Notes about Mounting Styles:
Side Mount Slide Under Mount Slide
The size or specifically the length of your drawer slides is perhaps the most important factor to account for when selecting a replacement product. You can measure your slides in terms of depth or length. Make sure you select a drawer slide that’s engineered from sturdy material, normally zinc-coated steel, to help ensure that your slides don’t disrupt the function of the drawer system. We're all looking for smooth and quiet!!
There are three basic extension types for drawer slides: ¾ extension, full extension and "over-travel" full extension.
The use of the drawers differ from room to room in your house. Consider what you are storing in the cabinet drawer; storing clothing in your bedroom dresser will differ greatly from the ones in your kitchen, bath or garage. For example, select a sturdier slide for larger drawers with heavier contents such as pots and pans in the kitchen or for tools in your garage cabinets. Therefore, before investing in new slide replacements, consider the contents of the drawer it’s supporting. Drawer slides come with different weight ratings. Make sure you pick the proper slide so they function properly.
Some drawer slides offer special motion features, adding quality and character to your kitchen. Popular examples include:
Here's a great article I found from Wood Magazine written by the Wood Magazine staff from 3/15/17 called "Drawer Slides Demystified".
Here's another article from Popular Woodworking written by Nancy Hiller from 8/28/2017 called "How to calculate the size of kitchen drawers with Blum Tandem Slides (undermount slides)
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