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Buying Guide: How to Choose a Drawer Slide

Buying Guide: How to Choose a Drawer Slide


Buying Guide: How to Choose a Drawer Slide

Drawer Slides are an integral part of home hardware, providing utility in every room. When your drawer slide is damaged, your drawers can be hard to pull out or close, It will make you miserable,

Replacing your drawer slide is a easy and inexpensive DIY project once you know how to pick the right drawer slide.

This guide will help you through the process of selecting the right drawer slide, roughly in order of importance.

This guide discusses Drawer and Pull-Out Slides': Measurements, Mounting, Weight Considerations,

Extensions, Disconnects, and Features.

Measurement of slide rail

When choosing a drawer slide, the first thing we need to know is whether the drawer is going to contain very heavy items or regular items. If we're using this drawer for heavy things, we need to choose a slide that holds more weight.


Depending on the finished effect, there are hidden and ball bearing type. Hidden drawer slide: we can't see the drawer slide when we pull out the drawer. The ball bearing drawer slide is, when we pull out the drawer, we can clearly see the side drawer slide.




According to our convention, we measure drawer slides in terms of Length, Depth, and Height.



The Drawer Slide's Depth

First of all, we need to measure the depth of the cabinet. if the depth of the cabinet is 600mm, we suggest choosing a 550mm long drawer slide, which can firmly link the drawer and cabinet body.

Secondly, we need to measure the width of the cabinet and the width of the drawer, according to their gap to choose the appropriate style of slide



Extension Types

Drawer Slides come in three basic types of extensions: 3/4 Extension, Full Extension, and Over travel.

3/4 Extension drawer Slides are budget slides, and are very useful for most applications. This stretch allows the drawer to slide out 3/4 of the length of the slide. The back 1/4 of the drawer will remain inside the cabinet, so this type of slide isn't recommended if you require access to the back of the drawer, which can be particularly difficult to reach for shallow drawers.


Full Extension Drawer Slides will pull your drawer so that the back wall of the Drawer is flush with the cabinet face. It slides out the full length of the slide, unless there is a stop on the slide, which usually takes away about 1/2". This allows you full access to all of your drawer's contents with ease.


Over Travel Drawer Slide is designed to move the drawer further than full extension, such that there is a gap between the back of your drawer and the front of the cabinet. One common application is for kitchen cabinets where its common to find overhanging countertops. By using an over extension drawer slide, you can make sure that you can access all of your drawer's contents without having the last inch of space blocked by the countertop. Many file drawers feature an Over Extension drawer slide, which makes removing these heavy drawers easier and safer.



Disconnect Types

Most drawer slides offer a disconnect feature, which allows you to remove your drawer from the cabinet without disassembling the entire slide system.


Lever Disconnect - A lever on the drawer slide locks the drawer into place. When the lever is pressed, the drawer is released, allowing you to pull and remove it.


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