A drawer slide is basically the item that connects your drawer to the frame and makes sure it can slide in and out smoothly. There are many types of drawer slides available in the market. Some examples are ball bearing slides, side mount slides, under-mount slides, and telescopic extension slides. The right one for your project is the one that fits your drawers and your personal preference.
Regardless of the type of drawer slide you choose, there is a simple method you can use to install them yourself. Read on to learn how to do just that.
Not all drawer slides are the same. In fact, the market is full of different types and variations of drawer slides. However, all the variations of drawer slides can be condensed into two main groups: under-mount slides and side-mount slides. Here is a simple table explaining the difference between the two types.
The good news is that both under-mount and side-mount slides have a similar installation process. The only difference is the location of their installation. So let’s take a look at the installation process.
Installing a drawer slide is not a tool-heavy process. This means you can install the cabinet using tools we all have in our sheds already. Here is a list of materials and tools you need to install drawer slides:
For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be focusing on how to install full extension drawer slides. These slides allow you to extend your cabinet to (almost) its full length. These are the most common types of slides used for different kinds of cabinets.
The first thing you need to do is to prepare the cabinet and its frame to make sure that the slides are installed correctly. Check the following things:
If you’re replacing existing drawer slides, empty the specific drawer and remove it from the cabinet. Unscrew the existing drawers slides from both the cabinet and the drawer.
Drawer slides usually come packaged as a single unit. You need to separate the individual parts to install them. Here is how to do that:
Now that both your cabinet and slides are ready for the installation, let’s mark the areas where your slides will be installed.
Now that you have the marks ready, its time to install the cabinet slides.
Now it’s time to install the slides on the drawer.
Now that the slides are installed on both the cabinet and drawer, its time to slide the drawer in place.
That’s it, you’re done. If you want to see this process in action, refer to the video tutorial below.
You can easily measure drawer slides by using a tape measure to gauge their length and height. Remove the drawer slides, lay them down on a flat surface and measure their width and length.
You can use a tape measure to determine the drawer slide length. Just lay the slide on a flat surface and measure from one end to the next. The details are also available on the slide packaging.
Sliding drawers can be installed in a cabinet using the method explained above. The only difference is that you’ll have to use a sliding drawer slide which is easily available in the market.
The drawer slide size will depend on the size of your cabinet. Our team can help you decide the size of the drawer slide when you contact us.
You can easily install most drawer slides on your one. Some slides may need professional help though so make sure you know which one you’ve bought. Our team can help you decide which slide is best for your project and how you can install it easily.