Choosing the right drawer slides for your cabinets can be a confusing issue for DIY-ers if you’re not used to all the varieties of slides and the terms used to describe them. Once you get a basic understanding of the terminology though, you’ll be able to confidently pick out the best slides for the job! Continue reading “How to Choose the Right Cabinet Drawer Slide (Video)”
If your household is like many others, your kitchen is a lot more than just a single-cook, utilitarian space. It may serve as a room where multiple cooks work together at once, where you entertain guests, or where spend a lot of time with your family. It might even be a combination of a dining space and a cooking area, making it even more of a central component of your home. Because of this, you want your kitchen to look attractive and inviting–a place where both your family and your guests will feel at home. Here are some steps to make sure you plan the kitchen that is the right fit for your needs, especially if you’re replacing the cabinets and and redesigning the kitchen layout. Continue reading “How to Plan Your New Kitchen Remodeling Project”
In the DIY and home construction world, you can almost guarantee that anything you dream up will become a reality. This is especially true when it comes to specialty and hidden storage. False drawer bottoms, removable panels in the floor boards, or secret spots. Creating a storage space in your home that is hidden in plain sight can offer security and peace of mind.
From small hidden pieces to whole secret rooms, people have been creating unique designs for homes for a very long time. There are even entire homes, like this brownstone below, created as a fake front for managing subway train lines!
Repurposing old home items for new uses is a great way to give new life to something worn down that you’d normally toss. Cabinet or dresser drawers that are in need of replacing can find a new use in other parts of your home. Whether it’s your old furniture or you want to pick up old furniture at a garage sale, there are ways to make the most of what seems like junk. For cabinets, remove the drawer slides and you’re all set! On the other hand, side mount drawer slides and other non-bottom mount styles could be left on for added character. Consider using the slides as an accent to paint or to attach other pieces to. From there, you can stain the drawer to cover wear and tear, or paint a brand new color. Start by deciding how you’d like to reuse the drawer and then the color as well as styling decisions will follow!
From Drawer to… Wall Mounted Mirror
Cabinet drawers see a lot of activity over the years. Whether they’re holding kitchen supplies, hardware tools, or an assortment of random items, drawers bear a great deal of a weight and haphazard use. One day the drawer starts to jam or bind, makes a grinding noise or just plum won’t budge. At that point, it’s clear that you need to investigate and fix the problem with your drawer slides. It’s easy for a misguided slamming of a drawer or general overuse to cause the drawers to stop working properly. Learn about the common problems that break down drawer slides and how to remedy these issues with some easy fixes.
Bent or misshapen sections
After emptying the content of your drawers and carefully removing the drawer itself, examine the slides. If you see any bent or misshapen spots, look at the extent of the damage. Often times, the bend can be smoothed out by re-shaping the slide. First you’ll have to carefully remove the slides from the drawer and drawer box. Use pliers to reshape the drawer slides and smooth out any warped areas. Clean and replace the slides, and you should have a functioning drawer again.
Screws can often come loose over time. When drawer slides aren’t attached to the sides (or bottom) of your drawer properly, the drawer won’t move smoothly anymore. Consider the condition of your drawer slides before pursuing this next step. If they’re in good condition and the screws are the sole problem, get some wood glue before re-tightening the screws. Put some wood glue in the whole and tighten the screws for a seamless and secure attachment.
Drawer slides gather dust and debris just like all the other forgotten crevices in your home. Maybe the drawers aren’t sliding in and out as easily as before. If there is no major damage to be discovered, the drawer slides might just need some cleaning. Remove the drawer box and examine the slides. Use a basic cleaning spray and a rag to wipe down the slides and ensure they’re clean. Your drawers should be running smoothly after that.
The roller wheels to the slides are essential for smooth running, especially with soft-closing or self-close drawer slides. If the wheels are just roughed up or mildly damaged, some grease and cleaning should put the wheel back into to normal rolling shape. However if the wheel has been worn down to a more flat edge, or if it’s completely broken, you’ll need to completely replace your drawer slides. The roller wheels are riveted to the body of the slide and cannot be replaced individually.
Kitchens see a great deal of activity on a daily basis. With cabinet doors opening and closing, drawers sliding in and out, and regular daily activity over time the joints will weaken and sometimes parts may even break. Even if you chose a high quality ready to assemble cabinet, you’ll likely face small repairs. If the drawers break, there are easy ways to tackle the fix on your own with a little handiwork and inexpensive replacement pieces. Here’s what you need to know.
Assessing the Damage
First off, look at what actually needs fixing or replacing. There are two issues that come up often. Due to pulling and slamming, the drawer front piece may crack or splinter; making it so the drawer doesn't close completely anymore. On the other hand, your drawer slides may have eroded or broken through excessive use. Replacing slides can be relatively easy and painless. When it comes to drawer fronts, depending on whether you have solid, applied, or false drawer fronts, this will dictates the type of work involved in replacing them.
Finding New Pieces
You have a few options to consider when fixing your cabinet drawers or slides. Search for similar styling or finish of drawer front pieces or go for something new and different to change up the style of your whole kitchen area. While with drawer fronts you'll be limited to varying finish or wood type, drawer slides offer more options. If you desire soft-closing slides or side mount slides instead of bottom, you can choose different types of drawer slides to fit your needs. You can check out the same place you purchased your RTA cabinet set or look for a different wholesaler to get new hardware.
Take apart the drawer parts that require fixing. If you’re replacing the drawer slides just remove the drawer first before unscrewing the slides. Remove the broken, cracked, or old slide carefully and discard it properly. Make sure to read or look up instructions for installing your new drawer slides or drawer front. If you end up replacing the other parts of your drawer, such as the bottom or side panels, take exact measurements to ensure a seamless fit.
When you’re re-installing the drawer or pieces, you can also consider some aesthetic updates. Install new updated drawer pulls or knobs to add some extra character to your drawer and kitchen cabinets. Make the switch to iridescent crystal knobs or bring an antique feel with decorative wrought iron pulls. Additionally, you can consider wood appliqués or medallions for extra decoration. Simply use wood glue to attach the appliqué of your choosing, whether it's a floral design, star, or other intricate hand carved design. Maintaining the look of your kitchen as well as the functionality of all its pieces can become a fun project.
When installing new cabinets, you have choices to make about your drawer installation and the type of slides you want to use for the install. There are factors to consider, such as appearance, noise, and accessibility. Figure out what is the most important for your utility purposes before making the dive into drawer slide installation.
Keeping It Under Wraps
If the major factor for your cabinets and home layout is to maintain the look, undermount drawer slides allow you to install your drawers without showing any of the hardware. Undermount drawer slides stay completely concealed after you install them at the bottom of your drawers. If you purchased or made special wooden drawers and want to show them off, use these concealed drawer slides. They are concealed and often quiet gliding for optimal use. You can consider this style of drawer slide at any price point, but it is especially great for higher end cabinets and furniture.
When you’re building a drawer for a cabinet to use as a utility drawer, you need to be able to access it easily. Full extension drawer slides allow you to reach anything in your drawer without rummaging blindly. The selection of fully extending drawer slides ranges in price and quality. You can get a set of this style of slides for a reasonable price while still getting the security of a 100–pound weight load capability. Side mounted slides are common for the ease of installation, and the basic functionality of the fully extending drawer. However you can also find bottom mount full extension slides so that you can enjoy a concealed installation to show off your cabinet and drawer.
Quiet and Self-Closing
Self-closing drawer slides are also often called soft closing slides. The main purpose of this style of drawer slide is for easy closing that doesn't require slamming or banging the drawer. It also eliminates bouncing back when the drawer closes. Your drawers will remain securely closed and never half open when you use self-closing drawer slides. They will require some extra effort to open since they latch closed. You can get side or bottom mount versions of these slides, and choose from partial or full extension.
Drawer slides can be used in a variety of ways. From mere pennies to more than a hundred dollars, you can find a drawer slide that fits your needs. Here we break down the weight capacity, cost, and potential uses for different types of slides.
So Light and So Cheap-Cheap
If you're simply in the market for basic slides, you have cheap and lightweight options to consider. European epoxy slides are especially inexpensive. However, they're designed to only be able to handle lighter loads, due to their nylon wheels. These slides can technically hold up to 75 pounds, but you should aim for lighter loads for long-term use. Ball bearing drawer slides also come in less expensive designs and have the added perk of being a bit stronger than European epoxy slides. These slides are great for home office situations or basic kitchen and bath drawer installations. Typically you will find full extension slides so that you can easily access the contents of your drawer without rummaging blindly.
This more mid-to-heavy range of drawer slides can be used for more mobile purposes. While light drawers can be used easily, the higher weight capacity slides holding extremely heavy items aren't meant to be used as frequently. That makes these kinds of medium range slides a great choice. For around $20 to $50 you can get durable 150 pound slides for such things as office use or to store cast iron pans. Scores of paper and files can easily be managed with mid to heavy range slides and still accessed with ease.
Weight Lifting Champions
Did you know that you can buy heavy duty drawer slides that have a 500 pound weight capacity? It may sound crazy, but there are many uses for these super strong and durable slides. There is a lot of delicate, heavy, and complicated equipment involved in computer servers. If you have a storage closet or room, you can set up the server in shelving or drawers to organize. Using the strongest, most heavy weight slides allows you to securely store all your delicate equipment and keep your server running smoothly.
Whether you use your garage as a project space or just keep your tools out of the house, you need sturdy storage options. Heavy duty drawer slides are a great idea to store just about any tools, no matter how heavy. With a 500 pound weight capacity, you won't have to worry about anything clattering onto your feet or
flying out of the shelf. Need to keep a generator stored on your trailer for emergencies or extra assistance? Utilize sturdy slides for keeping items you need accessible and also security stored when not in use.