By justin. Drawer. Published at Sunday, April 16th, 2017 - 01:04:11 AM.
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.
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.
The Problem With Wooden Drawers Wooden drawers, over time can develop niggling little faults which we invariably put up with, inconvenient and annoying as they can be - when actually - the majority of these problems are relatively easy to fix. Drawers where the base has split and sticking drawers are probably the most common problems experienced. With just a little knowledge these can be rectified without having to start phoning around for a joiner as the first or our only option. Overloading drawers can often be the root cause of sticking drawers. The first step is to completely empty the drawer and remove for inspection. Check for loose or protruding pins or nails either on the drawer or in and around the drawer frame. Where evident; hammer back flush and refit drawer. It could be that simple. Tip. Before getting the toolkit out for sticking drawers; first try rubbing the runners and drawer grooves with candle wax. This might just do the job without any further effort. Drawer runners could also be the culprit. Check how smoothly the draw slides along the wooden runners. If they have worked loose it can be the cause of sticking; again, usually due to overloading. If so, then just apply fresh adhesive to the runner and pin back into place. Worn runners are another common cause of drawer problems. The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check that the underside of the runner is still good - it might be possible to just remove the runner and turn it over. If so, then carefully prise it off with a wood chisel- apply adhesive- and re-pin into position. New runners may be required if turning the old runners round does not solve the problem of sticking. Where this is the case cut a couple of pieces of wood to the same dimensions as the original runners, smooth with a medium abrasive paper and drill with the smallest wood drill bit in your toolbox to take the small diameter of the fixing panel pins or nails. Apply a thin coat of wood adhesive to the back of the new runner- press into position- and affix with pins. Drawer bases can also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they will begin to sag and eventually they can split completely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut a new base piece from either plywood or from a hardwood of choice. Next, remove the nails or pins securing the damaged base to the body of the drawer using pincers, and remove any glue blocks that may be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with new base by gluing and using pins. Drawer bases that are split may be sometimes repaired, that is to say; simply remove both halves from the drawer body and glue them back together. From a strength point of view, depending on usage, this may not be the best option.
Top 3 Under Bed Drawers Selections Lets face it. We cannot guarantee that our bedroom will always be perfectly neat and tidy 24/7 even without our presence. Sure enough there will be rush hours especially at work that we end up throwing our clothes and other stuffs on any space in our bedroom. However, theres a perfect solution to that-the under bed drawers-which will become our dearest hero in saving clutters on our room. Here are the basic types of the under bed drawers that you can choose from: • Plastic Drawers under bed - You can find wide selection of under bed drawers in the market today due to the easy accessibility of the materials. Plastics are known to be durable and water resistant so its a perfect selection if you are planning to store important documents, papers, and other stuffs that need to be protected from moisture. • Under Bed Drawers from Hardwood Material - Nothings more vulnerable and top notch in design than the hardwood drawers. It always comes in chic and elegant design that is perfect for every bedroom-it fits rightly to any walling. Its ideal for storing almost anything-from clothe to shoes, from towels to bedding, and from books to craft materials. It is durable that makes it last longer. The only downside of hardwood is that it may be a bit expensive and it cannot resist water accumulation 100%. But overall, its the best type among the other materials being used for drawers. • Made of Vinyl Drawers - If youre looking for cheaper under bed drawer alternative, then vinyl should be one in your list. Vinyl are translucent materials which is known also to be water proof since it is sealed carefully using the "heat process" method. It usually includes a zipper that you can just close and open when needed. It may not be ideal for books and other documents, but its already a great way to store your garments, shoes and bedding. Making use of under bed drawers can help in fixing the clutter around your bedroom. Beside the fact that your things are being placed in an organized hidden place, you can also be assured that your things are kept in a safe and secured place. Its time to say good-bye for the cluttered room and say welcome to your neat and tidy space. Just always remember that you consider things first before buying-the quality, the price and the design that will fit your taste.
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