We’ve all struggled with faulty drawers that get jammed, wobble, sag, only open half-way, or fall off their tracks. It’s frustrating because a drawer literally has one job: to slide open! Why, exactly, is that so hard for some of them?
When you take a closer look, of course, many drawers are poorly-made — flimsy presswood rectangles secured by plastic sliders that can’t bear much weight. It’s no wonder, really, that the $40 dresser in your dorm room fell apart in a month.
When you grow up, you start appreciating things you never noticed in your younger years — like countertops, light fixtures, and sturdy drawers that glide out effortlessly and retract gently when you’re finished with them.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, bathroom, walk-in closet, or garage, it’s important to choose the right storage solution.
Drawers have the good sense to stack neatly — like a bookcase — but provide the tidy, concealed storage of a cabinet. It’s easy to customize the depth according to what you’re storing, and then go a step further with inserts to keep small items divided.
But not all drawer slides are created equally. And since drawers are opened and closed frequently, you want to choose high-quality, durable hardware that’s going to last.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re shopping …
WHAT WILL YOU BE STORING IN THE DRAWERS?
If your drawer slide can’t support the weight, you run the risk of it collapsing — possibly onto your foot, ouch. Check the product information section to see the load capacity of the slide before you buy it. We like Blum’s MOVENTO system with a standard duty static load capacity of 125 lb (170 lbs for heavy duty).
HOW FAR DO YOU WANT THE DRAWERS TO EXTEND?
When a drawer has the right support, it can glide far out into the room without quivering or buckling. Blum manufactures concealed full-extension drawer slides with lubricated synthetic rollers to ensure your drawer slides effortlessly.
HOW SHOULD THE DRAWER CLOSE?
Do you have little children prone to jamming their fingers, or teens who tend to slam around the kitchen while they fix themselves a snack? It sounds like you’d benefit from Blum’s unmatched “soft close” feature. Are drawers always left open at your house? Blum also has drawer systems with spring-loaded self-closing action.
The first time you open that drawer, you’re going to swoon over how easily it glides. In fact, you might want to just keep standing there for a while — opening and closing it with a big smile on your face.
RICHELIEU MAKES IT EASIER TO INSTALL KNOBS AND PULLS
When you need to drill holes for hardware in a brand-new cabinet or drawer, it can feel like you’re trying to crack a safe on a time limit. What if you make a mistake?!
Instead of winging it, pick up Richelieu’s knob and pull drilling template kit. It’s the perfect way to ensure you’re centering your hardware — without sweating bullets about making a mistake. Use it for your next cabinet or drawer project, and you’ll feel confident when it’s time to drill those holes!