Maintaining the home is always on a homeowner’s to-do list. There are little things that require maintenance that continually drain from both our time and wallets. That’s why choosing the correct sized drawer slides the first time is so important.
You don’t want the headache of buying cheap, poor fitting slides that either don’t fit, or if they do, break within the first year. Full extension, high quality draw slides are an excellent choice and can last for years.
The incorrect size can cause damage to the drawer and can jam up when attempting to open or close it. If the drawer is damaged, from poor fitting slides, then your time and wallet will take another hit.
When your drawers stick, bind, won’t move at all or make unpleasant noises, the chances are you need to replace the drawer slides.
What you need to measure drawer slides:
- Tape measure
- A screwdriver
MEASURING DRAWER SLIDES, STEP BY STEP
Remove the drawer from the cabinet
Measure the box, not the drawer front
Measure the width of the drawer and the width of the opening in the cabinet
Examine the interior of the cabinet and the exterior of the drawer
After measuring, if you are still uncertain about the size of slides to purchase, take the drawer with you
1. Remove the drawer from the cabinet
This is one time when you don’t want to estimate – accuracy is key. Removing the drawer may require some manipulating. Most drawers will require that you fully extend the drawer, then lift up and it will come right out. If that doesn’t work, guide the drawer so it is mostly extended, then lift the back of the drawer to pop the wheels out of the guides. If neither of those options work, it may be necessary to use a screwdriver to remove the wheels from the guides.
2. Measure the box, not the drawer front
Since the front face of the drawer works to stop the drawer from entering the cabinet, it should not be measured. Start at the back of the box and measure to the front of the box without including the face of the drawer. Once you have the length, round the number down. For example, if the drawer is 20 ½ inches long you will need to purchase 20 inch drawer slides.
3. Measure the width of the drawer and the width of the opening in the cabinet
If the difference in the width of the drawer and the width of the opening is 1 inch (the space between drawer and cabinet), you can use side mounting full-extension drawer slides. If they measure less or more than 1 inch, you need to do a little carpentry work to make the drawer work with the new slides. (the following picture is the schematic diagram of VADANIA drawer slides.)
If you want to install heavy duty drawer slides, the space need to be 1.4 inch. (the following picture is the schematic diagram of VADANIA heavy duty drawer slides with lock)
4. Examine the interior of the cabinet and the exterior of the drawer
Premature wear on the drawer slides may have been caused by improper installation or because of a poor design. Smaller slides may have been used to avoid rubbing an interior part of the cabinet. If this is the case, you will need to use smaller slides as well to avoid the same issue.
5. After measuring, if you are still uncertain about the size of slides to purchase, take the drawer with you
You may be confused, VADANIA can help you to choose your drawer slides and can provide you with slides that will fit perfectly.
Bonus Tip: Always replace drawer slides as a set. Replacing only one side of the drawer slides can cause the drawer to become unstable. This could break the drawer or the drawer may fall out of its housing and cause injury.
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