By Kirby. Drawer. Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 02:32:11 AM.
Fix Your Broken Kitchen Drawer - The Real Story My first project of my Fix-It-Up series is to fix the drawers in my kitchen. One runner had completely disappeared with no one admitting the deed, and the other rails were not staying in their tracks. This caused us over the months to push, pull and tug until one whole drawer front tore loose from the drawer itself. My hubby fixed that problem but the root of the problem remained-drawers that wouldnt slide. I purposefully picked a rather easy project for my first in the series for two reasons: one, to attempt to succeed in my first project (the vanity of it all), and two, because I had just finished putting away all my Christmas stuff the week before and I was tired! My trip to Home Depot for a replacement drawer runner was successful only because of a very helpful gentleman who couldnt help overhearing me and Geri talking to a nice, although clueless, Home Depot employee. This kindly bystander just happened to be a cabinet builder, lucky for us, and filled our heads with all kinds of advice and tips about drawer problems. Ill share those with you as we go. Here are the steps I took with explanations so you can master this task yourself. * First things first; empty the drawers. Heres a picture of my totally disorganized mess. One drawer with Tupperware and such, the other with small kitchen appliances and tools. * Take your good drawer: Or an example of what you need to the hardware store with you. This is invaluable. Dont fool yourself thinking youll be able to pick out what you need from the overwhelming mass of merchandise. Believe me, it will all look the same after you get there. * Clean the area first: After you pull out the drawers, clean the empty cabinet of old dust and filth. It will make working on your project easier. * Mount the hardware to the cabinet: This was pretty easy by following the directions that came with the railings and also following the example of the intact drawer. * Drill pilot holes: Its always better to drill small pilot holes before sinking your screw, especially into particle board. Particle board will split and crumble (it happened with this project to me even with a pilot hole. Nothing that a bit of wood glue couldnt fix.) * Adjust the back bracket: The brackets that attach to the back of the cabinet were intact, but over the years had moved so that the drawer fell out of the rail when you pushed it in. Each back bracket has two holes for screws, one that slides and one that anchors the bracket. - Unscrew and remove the anchor screw but leave the screw in the slide; loosen slightly. - Slide both brackets as far towards the middle of the cabinet as possible. In other words, all the way to one end of the slide. - Carefully put the drawer back in its railings, and slowly push the drawer all the way in. - Remove drawer. - Now the back railings are exactly where they need to be to hold the drawer since the drawer itself moved the back brackets to the exact location. Tighten the slider screw, and add a screw in the anchor slot after drilling a pilot hole. Most of the time, the back brackets are parallel to eachother. * Fix any problems with the drawer: My drawer (and this was the good one!) was beginning to separate (see photo). The bottom of my drawer was only held together with little staples, so I added some wood glue and hammered the staples back in place. I totally bent one staple trying to hammer it in, so I replaced it with a screw with a pilot hole drilled first. * Clean the drawers and surrounding woodwork: Heres your chance for a thorough cleaning. I like mild soap and water, followed by Liquid Gold. * Replace the shelf liner: Mine was faded, dirty and torn...it should be, it was 15 years old! But being the pack rat that I am, I still had the original roll with plenty left to replace it. Ahhh, fresh and new. * Organize: I proudly rid myself of at least 25-50% of the stuff. The rest, I placed neatly into storage containers and bins. While youre at it, tidy up the other drawers too. * Admire your work: Its OK to be proud of yourself.
A Chest of Drawers in the Home There are many uses for chests of drawers in the home including for storing clothing and accessories, keeping toys organised and tidy, storing kitchen, living room and dining room equipment and of course everyone has a junk drawer. Bedroom chests can vary in size and style but usually have a combination of smaller drawers sat over larger drawers. Most choices of bedroom chest will be known as, for example a 2 over 4 chest or a 3 over 4 chest. When purchasing a chest keep this in mind as the top layer of drawers will usually be smaller, if you require all of the drawers to be the same size aim towards getting a chest that is just a "4 drawer chest". Smaller drawers can be useful for socks, underwear, rolled up ties and even make-up and accessories. There are also a wide variety of drawer separators on the market now designed specifically for organising smaller items within one drawer. In the kitchen, dining room and living room most drawers that are in use are from a sideboard or dresser however with such a huge choice of chests drawers now available there are many that are suitable for these rooms. A chest could be used to store place mats, cutlery, instruction manuals or recipe books. Contemporary designers are now building modern and often quite funky chest suitable for any room of the house. Some of the designs seen include stacking the drawers at an odd angle and incorporating bright colours so that the chest becomes a stand out piece of furniture. Even with the various quirks each chest remains a functional piece of home furniture. Just because there are children or grandchildren in the house does not mean there has to be an unsightly toy box in amongst the carefully chosen furniture. Incorporating a toy chest of drawers into the room will keep the toys neat and orderly (even if it is the adults who end up putting them away) and easy to find when the search begins for that favourite toy. Many chests are designed with very deep drawers, in particular at the bottom of the chest ideal for toys and games, with varying depths of drawers as you move up the chest the top level drawers could be used for crayons and paper. The junk drawer can appear in any of the above mentioned types of chest whether it is in the kitchen or bedroom you will often find the same types of items in them from household to household. These may include half used boxes of matches, safety pins, homemade gifts or cards from the kids, pens that no longer work and a deck of playing cards. If none of this sounds familiar you are a much organised person. If it does sound familiar there is a strong chance you have no idea what is currently in your "junk drawer" but you know they are items you simply cannot throw away. Having worked for a furniture company in past life we once had a chest returned and replaced due to some damage only to discover the customer had not emptied out their junk drawer before returning it. When the customer was informed it was decided we had no other choice but to box up the contents of the drawer and return them as they simply could not recall what was in there and if it was important.
Things To Know About Installing Drawer Runners In The Home Do-it-yourself projects are easier to conceptualize than they are to actually carry out. There are so many minuscule aspects of building and maintenance that tend to go overlooked. When DIY renovating kitchens, bathrooms and even bedrooms, the compact storage system of drawers are sure to pop up. Many people may not be sure how to install drawer runners or be aware of how many different types there are, but this is necessary to know in altering a home. Drawer runners are the pieces of material which support a drawer upon sliding in or out. Their purpose is to ensure that the motion is smooth and does not squeak or make other annoying noises while also keeping the drawer balanced. These runners can be categorized in many different ways depending on material, design, and installation. Runners can be either lengths of wood or lengths of metal. They are mounted on both sides of the base or housing of a drawer. While metal assemblies are flush with the housing, this is not so with wood runners. Instead, they protrude out a bit to fit in the grooves that should be indented on either side of the drawer. Drawer slides are a type of slide in which a channel is mounted within the drawers housing while a bracket and roller are mounted upon the actual sides of the drawers. With this installment, the drawers movement is smooth and may also close on its own. Ball-bearing drawer slides are the other type which consists of two separate parts. These opposing pieces slide into each other and clip together to hold the drawer open or shut. They come in short or full-extension versions, depending on the preference of the builder. There are several types of applications for these runners. Full-extension runners are ideal for drawers in which full access is necessary all the way back. 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. When the drawer is pushed, it will release the latch and open the drawer. There are only a few steps to installing runners on drawers. Firstly, runners must be screwed to the sides of the drawer so that they are parallel with one another and at equal heights. Then, the drawer should be held in the cavity of its housing to ensure that the sliders can fully close, marking where screws need to be placed. Tools can then be used to drive in the screws. Finally, the drawer is to be removed and, with a screwdriver, each runner can be loosened. Final touches can then be implemented such as checking the alignment and tightening the screws. Drawer runners help add to the ambience of any home. A squeaky, bumpy or uneven drawer can throw off a put-together look. The main science lies in choosing the correct type of slides and runners. Then, it is all about the know-how of installation. With the correct knowledge, drawers will be properly installed and as a result will run smoothly and quietly.
Storage Drawers - Create More Space Storage drawers can really help you get everything organized - in any room of the house or even in the garage. Many people are looking to organize their homes, reduce clutter, and reduce the amount of space that is needed to store things - which makes handy drawers for storage a great way to begin a whole-house project for organization. Plastic Drawers Optimal While there are various types of storage drawers on todays market, the most expensive option is the plastic storage drawer - and this may also be the most durable. When shopping for drawers (if you go for plastic drawers) you need to be sure to choose a heavy plastic that will stand up to the test of time and be durable enough to be moved about from room to room as needed. You also want something that is very durable in the garage. Plastic storage drawers work well in areas where there is limited space. You can also find under the bed drawers that are useful for storing items like CDs, DVDs, shoes, sweaters and off-season clothing - in a spot that is seldom used for anything other than storage. In the kitchen, plastic drawers for storage can help you to organize recipe cards, cookbooks, or hold dish cloths and other cleaning items. In the bathroom, these types of drawers are useful for storing toiletries or bath products. In babys room, you can find plastic drawers that will keep babys bath supplies and diapering products handy - like swabs, cotton balls, diaper cream, and even diapers. In the bedroom, you can take control of your costume jewelry collection by placing a few drawers near your dressing area. For hobby rooms or sewing rooms, there are endless possibilities for plastic storage drawers, from housing your sewing thread and needles, to organizing crafting supplies, or scrapbook supplies. Clear drawers allow you to easily see what is inside, which is all the better for particularly large collections of items. In kids rooms, you can use these drawers to organize matchbox cars, dolls, doll clothing, books and more. Metal Metal drawers are another option, but these types of drawers are much expensive and pretty much only used in the garage or basement area. Metal drawers are heavy, but they will last for many years if you have a need to storage your tools or other heavy duty items in them. There are specialty drawer units made just for tools that you might consider for these purposes.
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