Let’s face it, drawers get stuck. No matter what kind of drawer you have installed in your kitchen cabinets, dressers, side tables, and more, there is always a chance for them to be stuck at one time or another.
This can be due to many reasons, maybe the drawer slides are getting rusty and need more oil. Maybe the wooden sides of the drawer have expanded due to heat and are now stuck. Or even a screw has come undone on the mounting plate causing the drawer to become lopsided.
No matter what the reason, you have to remove the drawer to be able to identify and fix it. Here is a list of how to remove different kinds of drawers and drawer slides.
Dresser drawers are wider than normal drawers which is why they usually come with a center metal slide. This slide attaches the drawer to the dresser and is responsible for its smooth opening and closing. If your dresser drawer is getting stuck, chances are there is something wrong with the slide.
Here is how you remove the dresser drawer with a metal slide.
Bottom slides are usually installed in formal dresser drawers as you cannot see the slides when the drawer is open. Wider drawers usually have two bottom slides to help keep them stable. Here is how to remove dresser drawers with bottom slides.
A roll-top desk has a flexible cover that folds down to cover the top of the desk. This is a convenient way to create an almost ‘hidden’ compartment on your desk. Though this design is pretty much obsolete now, here is how you can remove a roll-top from your desk.
File cabinet drawers are normally attached using European-style hinges and slides. It is easy to remove a file cabinet once you identify the kind of slide used to install it. Here is how to remove file cabinet drawers with side slides.
Drawer stops are little plastic tabs attached to the back of the drawer that prevent it from being opened all the way. Imagine pulling a dresser drawer with all your jewelry a little too fast and the drawer coming away from the cabinet. Drawer stops will make sure that doesn’t happen. Here is how to remove a drawer with stops.
Ball-bearing drawer slides feature a railing system with ball bearings that help the drawer open and close smoothly. These slides need a little bit extra lubrication to make sure the ball bearings keep on functioning smoothly. Here is how to remove ball-bearing drawer slides.
Full-extension drawer slides are mostly used with longer and wider drawers. They are often found on 12-inch drawers. These slides can be attached to the side or bottom of the drawer. Here is how you can remove a drawer with full extension slides.
You can install drawer slides on old drawers in the same way as you install them on new ones. The only difference is that you have to make sure that the drawers will be able to take the wear that comes with installing the slides. Read our guide on how to install drawer slides to learn more.
There are many ways to open a stuck drawer. If it is stuck due to problems with the slide, you can lubricate the slide or use a knife to remove the debris from the rail. You can also try to wiggle the drawer free.
Ikea drawers are connected to the dressers using European slides. These slides may have buttons, latches, or levers that can be pushed to remove the drawer from the mounting plate. Take a look at this video to learn how to remove Ikea Maximera drawers.
You can use any of the ways described above to remove drawers from dressers. Some drawers don’t have slides and can be easily removed by simply sliding them out. Others with safety clips can be removed by tilting the drawer slightly to make sure the safety tab is clear of the roof of the dresser.
Nowadays, all drawers come with European drawer slides because they are easy to install and last a long time. When installing your drawers make sure to choose high-quality drawer slides from a trusted manufacturer like RMG. Take a look at our catalog of slides to choose the one that best fits your needs.