After years of wear and tear of pulling your drawers in and out thousands of times, filling them up with junk over and over until you can't open them up (I'm a pro at this...see below) and move things around from drawer to drawer, they can wear down and start to see better days. Maybe a side of the drawer starts to give way or the bottom panel has gotten wet and the paper is starting to bubble and peel. Maybe a drawer slide starts to stick because its come loose over time.
If you bought a house back in the 70's or 80's or are maybe renting an apartment or townhouse, most likely your kitchen and bath cabinet Drawer Boxes were made of 3/8" or 1/2" particle board or some other low-cost material. Most drawer boxes built then were stapled or pinned together with a thin bottom panel. They were functional and stored your items.
Example of 1/2" particle board, pinned construction drawer boxes:
Now you want to upgrade to something better and maybe replace all of your drawers in your kitchen or bathroom. Consider this upgrade as an investment in your house. if your going to be in your house for 10 years+ then this is a great investment.
As an upgrade to particle board, drawer boxes comes in several types of solid wood options including birch, plywood and higher end species like cherry or walnut for really high-end kitchens. Solid wood drawer boxes offer a better quality option over particle board based on they will last for years and years. Most solid wood Drawer Boxes are also finished with a clear UV finish that will protect the drawers from damage and give a nice finished look.
Most solid wood drawers are economical and depending on the height, width and depth that you need, new drawer boxes could cost as low as $40-50 to as high as $100-110 or more. Again, it will depend on the overall dimensions you need. Obviously, If you order a drawer box that is 3 1/2" high (most common height) vs. a 10" high option with the same width and depth, the cost will be higher.
This is the key! There's a reason you're reading this article...you need new drawer boxes so make sure that whatever you buy the drawer construction will last for years and years. There are a couple of keys to quality construction (beyond the solid wood material).
Dovetail construction is an old woodworking method that has been around for hundreds of years. A dovetail joint or simply "dovetail" is a joinery technique most commonly used in woodworking joinery, including furniture, cabinets, log buildings, and traditional timber framing. Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart, the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a cabinet or drawer. The dovetail joint is very strong because of the way the "dovetails" are shaped and assembled. This type of joint makes it difficult to pull the joint apart and if glued, virtually impossible to break apart.
The second key to quality construction is the bottom panel of the drawer and how it is installed within the drawer box. This is important based on you wanting to be reassured that whatever you put into a drawer (maybe heavier items like pots and pans) that it is going hold up over time. Some companies use a thin piece of cheap wood (luan or press board) that is stapled to the bottom of the drawer box on all 4 sides. What happens when you keep adding more items to a drawer? The staples or pins will eventually come loose and eventually the bottom panel will fall off.
What you want to look for is the bottom panel to be "encapsulated" into all 4 sides of the drawer box. What this means is that the bottom panel fits into a groove that is manufactured into all 4 slides where the bottom slides into the grooves or slot that is "captured" on the inside of the drawer. Once the Drawer Boxes are manufactured and assembled, the bottom panel will never move again. You also want to make sure the bottom panel is constructed of a solid material like plywood so it can withstand the weight of whatever you put in that particular drawer box. Make sure you buy a drawer box with a minimum of 1/4" veneered plywood construction so you know it will stand the test of time and continued usage in your kitchen or bathroom.
Measuring for new drawer boxes is pretty simple...all you need is a note pad, pencil and a tape measure. If you are replacing your current drawer box and you have or plan on using existing or new side mounted drawer glides, you will need to take measurements for the height, width and depth. Critical Note: You will need to measure the outside dimensions of your current drawer box.
(Height, Width, Depth shown)
If you have or plan on using undermount glides then the measurements for your drawer box will be slightly different. Check out our how-to video on how to measure the drawer box and install new undermount glides. Note: if you plan on using undermount glides then make sure you order the "notch & bore" option so that the glides fit properly at the back of the drawer.
For more information on how to measure for new drawer boxes, check out our how to measure link on the Cabinet Doors 'N' More website.
Once your new drawer boxes arrive (and they arrive fully-assembled), you'll want to make sure the measurements are correct. Pull out that tape measure again to check the specs for height, width and depth.
Here's a few images that our valued and satisfied customers have sent us of their drawer box installations and what yours could look like!!
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We're confident that if you order from our company that you will receive the highest quality product and excellent customer service. Call us at 1-844-915-1150 or email us at info@cabinetdoorsnmore for more information. We hope to hear from you soon!!
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