In Australia, more people choose online shopping products to renew furniture including drawer slides. We're here to help you choosing the suitable drawer slides.
Before selecting the right drawer slides, you need to think about the following questions. Only when you have a clear purpose can you select the required drawer slides
- The main purpose of the cabinet;
- Installation method of drawer;
- Expansion requirements of drawer and the size of your cabinet;
- The drawer load demand;
- What feature do you need for drawer slides
①First of all, we need to understand the composition of the drawer slides to understand its working principle and whether it is suitable for your cabinet.
The composition of a slide
Usually, drawer slides have two mating pieces. The drawer profile attaches to the drawer and slides into or rests on the cabinet profile, which attaches to the cabinet.
A more complex slide structure will include three members, with an intermediate member located between the cabinet and drawer members.
Only the drawer and intermediate members move. While the cabinet member remains fixed to its location within the cabinet structure.
VADANIA drawer slides are all 3-fold full extension designed.
②According to the actual situation, choose the appropriate installation choice.
One of the first considerations when choosing a slide is whether you want it visible when the drawer opens.
Basically there are 2 different mounting options, bottom-mounted and side-mounted. The type of option chosen is determined by factors like, the amount of space inside the cabinet, slide visibility, and cost.
- Bottom-mounted slides are typically guided by rollers rather than by ball bearings. The mount has an angled flange that holds the drawer box and indexes the slide for quick, easy installation. These are most often used on frameless cabinets, but can be adapted to face-frame cabinets as well.
- Side-mounted slides are attached horizontally to the cabinet body and to the drawer. These slides are useful in multiple applications because of their durability and high weight limits. Side-mounted slides can be bought with either a roller or ball bearing mechanism, but the latter are more durable over time.
VADANIA Drawer Slides are all side mounting and ball bearing design, which can be more durable. What’s more, their black design makes it easy to hide the sliders in dark cabinets.
③Measuring for slides
- Select the slides with appropriate thickness
Taking accurate measurements ensures you buy slides that work in your cabinet. Follow these tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.
The Drawer Slide's Thickness is the most important measurement in finding the right slide. A drawer slide that is too thick or thin will prevent your drawer slide from working properly.
If you want to renew your cabinet, it is best to measure your cabinetry, rather than your old slides.
And if you want to build a new cabinet, because the thickness of drawer slides and the width of the drawer opening are fixed, best practice is to build the drawer box to fit the difference between the two after assembling the cabinet.
VADANIA drawer slides have two thickness size, 0.5” and 0.7”, that means we need 1”/1.4” space for installing between drawer and cabinet.
- Select the slides with appropriate length
To determine the proper length, measure the interior depth of the cabinet (behind the face frame, if there is one) and choose a slide the next size shorter than that measurement.
④What does your drawer hold? How much load does it need?
The load rating is an extremely important factor to consider when selecting a drawer slide.
Generally we categorize drawer slides into Light, Medium and Heavy Duty load ratings. Our selection of slides range from 10kg slides suitable for most kitchen drawers, up to 250kg heavy duty slides used for drawers storing tools and industrial components.
- Light Duty Ball Bearing Slides - (10kg - 15kg) (22lb - 33lb)
- Medium Duty Ball Bearing Slides - (35kg - 45kg) (77lb - 99lb)
- Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Slides - (120kg - 250kg) (264lb – 550lb)
VADANIA Drawer Slides belong to heavy duty ball bearing slides – (45kg – 120 kg) (100lb – 264lb)
VADANIA Soft Close Drawer Slides and Push to Open Drawer Slides handle loads up to 100 lbs. They are mostly used in home, kitchen and office drawers.
VADANIA Heavy Duty Drawer Slides with Lock handles loads up to 264 lbs. They are mostly used in emergency or recreational vehicles, ATM machines, and utility/service trucks.
This applies to all Drawer Slides when they are at full extension and fitted as a pair whilst side mounted, please note that mounting our slides on the base will reduce the load capacity by up to 80%. Side-mounted drawer slides can withstand greater weight.
Weight ratings apply to a pair of slides (if installation requires a pair), so two 100-lb slides cannot handle 200 lbs.
Longer slides have more robust construction than shorter ones of the same rating. For example, an 18" slide rated for 100 lbs will be stouter than a 16" slide with the same rating. A shorter slide has leverage to its advantage.
With decisions made on type, extension, and weight rating, determine the right size slide for the project.
Separable or not
Decide if you want your drawer to be removable from the cabinet structure. If so, choose a slide with a disconnect feature that lets you separate the drawer member from the cabinet, or intermediate member, allowing the removal of the drawer (to clean for example).
There are slides with rail disconnect features (VADANIA Drawer Slides are all separable), which allow rails that are attached to the sides of drawers, to be released and lifted off the corresponding drawer members.
A disconnect feature is useful for furniture manufacturers with multiple assembly lines. One line may assemble hardware to drawers, while another may assemble hardware to cabinets.
With a disconnect slide, manufacturers can simply mount the separate members in the assembly phases and then join them together in the final stage.
Connecting a drawer member with a cabinet member can be as simple as align, engage and push closed.
⑤Some special functions can make your cabinet work better.
According to different application scenarios, the special features attached to the drawer slides will make your use process more convenient. These include:
Soft close drawer slides provide assurance that the drawer will close quietly and smoothly every time. The soft close drawer slides application includes civil furniture, office furniture, cabinets/wardrobes, etc.
Push to open drawer slides allows opening of the drawer, without the need for a drawer pull. Activation the push to open slide is accomplished by simply pressing against the drawer front to “spring” the drawer out of the cabinet approximately 2 in. Closing is just a matter of pushing the drawer closed completely.
The push to open drawer slides application includes Civil Furniture, kitchen cabinet , office Furniture, etc. It can release your hands and makes your use more convenient.
Heavy duty drawer slides with Lock can be secured in full extension and close. You just need to press the button to unlock the drawer slides. It is ideal for heavy duty keyboard, mechanical cabinets, warehouse cabinets, industrial cabinets, financial equipment, truck drawers.
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