Drawer Runners - Essential Know How

Do-it-yourself projects are easier to conceptualise than they are to actually carry out. It's simple to overlook the minute details that can make up a upkeep or construction project. Drawers play a big part of any restoration project in kitchens, bathrooms or bedrooms. Being aware of the great choice of alternative drawer runners and how to fit them provides a huge benefit when altering your home.

If you don't already know, drawer runners are the metal strips that hold a drawer and enable it to slide in and out. They should offer a fluid motion, devoid of noise or shakiness, and should stop when they reach their most open or closed state. There are many ways to categorize drawer runners, depending on their material, design and method of installing.

Runners can be constructed from wood, plastic or metal. They're connected to two edges of the bottom of the drawer. While metal assemblies are flush with the housing, this is not so with wood runners. Wooden runners instead tend to project slightly to fit into their comparable grooves in the cabinet, either side of the drawer.

Drawer slides are the device where a slide moves through a channel, attached to the housing of the drawer, whereas the bracket and roller are mounted on the side of the drawer. With this type of mechanism, you can anticipate a fluid action and in many cases, self-closing. Another type of mechanism is the ball-bearing drawer slide, comprising of 2 separate parts. The separate pieces slot together, to hold the drawer open or closed. They come in short or full-extension versions, depending on the preference of the builder.

You can choose from many applications for these runners. Where you need to be able to effortlessly reach all the way to the back of the drawer, full-extension runners are the ideal choice. Full-extension runners with a concealed soft closing are similar, yet they close more gently. Another type is touch-release, which are also full-extension but have a push-latch technology to hold the drawer closed when it is shut. It just requires a soft push when in the closed position to release the latch and open the drawer.

Installing drawers only requires a few steps. Firstly, runners must be screwed to the sides of the drawer so that they are parallel with one another and at equal heights. Then, holding the drawer in place in the cupboard or cabinet where it's destined to go, make sure the drawer will full open or close before marking the position of the screws. Use your screwdriver to drive in the screws. Finally, the drawer is to be removed and, with a screwdriver, each runner can be loosened. This done, you can make your final checks, making sure everything is aligned before tightening the screws.

Drawer runners can add to the feeling of caliber in any home. A squeaky, bumpy or uneven drawer can throw off a put-together look. The key is to ensure that you select the right slides and runners for the job. Then it's just a matter of making a good job of the installation. If you know what you're doing and select the right drawers and runners, you'll savour excellent results.


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