By justin. Drawer. Published at Thursday, March 30th, 2017 - 12:08:11 PM.
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.
Drawers Storage - Making it Easier to Fit in Some Extra Accessories If you constantly find yourself struggling to find a place for some of your favorite accessories or some new things that you recently purchased, maybe it is time for you to think about some drawers storage. Not only will drawers provide you with the extra space, but also provide you with room for some new things that you might be looking to buy. Sometimes, you might find it difficult to find a place for all your important papers and goods that you want to put together in one place. In such a scenario, drawers are the perfect option. You can either get a new cabinet with a built-in drawers storage unit, with probably space to put in a few more when required, or you can just find a place in your existing cabinet or closet, get some construction done and place a few extra drawers. The options are many. Types Of Drawer Storage Units There are many types of drawers storage units that you can choose from, and also, depending upon your budget, there are many designs that you can pick from. The best thing about drawers is that these offer a large amount of storage space without being too obvious. They are always tucked inside a cabinet and all you need to do is put all the stuff in and close the drawer. Storage cabinet drawers are the best option, especially if you can get your hands on a nice, ornamental cabinet which also looks nice. Bed storage drawers are perfect for all those things that you might require at any time of the day or night, like medicines. Placed right next to your bed, these offer a storage space for a range of things and also end up looking nice and decorative. You can either choose to purchase one storage cabinet with a couple of units or twin bed storage drawers for extra space. You can either buy a new cabinet to place on either side of the bed, or you can simply choose to buy a storage bed with drawers already attached. This will ensure that there are no decor mismatch problems. Most of the beds which have built in drawers storage units end up offering much more space than you had expected in the first place. Plastic Storage Drawers Now heres a bit of surprise for all those who thought that drawers were always all about wood and metal, nowadays, you can also find nice plastic storage drawers which are as durable as their metal and wood counterparts and look just as nice. In addition, these drawers storage units are not prone to problems like termites and rusting. Also, these are just as strong. Drawers are offered in a range of designs and configurations depending upon the use they are intended to be put to. In addition to purchasing modular drawers, you can also opt for custom storage units which can be purchased easily. These will be designed to match your exact instructions and requirements. You can choose to purchase drawers storage units online or through a home improvement store. It is always best to look around and research before buying because these units will be responsible for storing things which are valuable as well those which you would need to use every day and keep secure at all times.
Enhance the Look of Your Kitchen by Adding Roll Out Drawers There are innumerous ways you can give a face lift to your kitchen. Different people have individual preferences when it comes to choosing things for their home. Roll out drawers are the latest in trend that are making a place in kitchens of people from all over the world. Estimates say that the request for roll out drawers have been pouring in by a number of families. However, not every kitchen can have a roll out drawer. There are some specifications that need to be perfect in order to have roll out drawers. - The size of your cupboard is important The storage space in your kitchen is the most important thing here. You should have a good amount of space that should not be less than eighteen inches. The main reason for this is that the roller drawers demand about three to half inches of storage space of the total width of your cabinet. Also, if you have doors on either side of the cabinet, it will need all the more space. Therefore, always ensure that you consult a professional before you decide on the roller drawers. - The number of drawers that should be installed Of course there is no rule or limit as to what number of roller drawers should you install in your kitchen. But it actually makes a huge difference when you are enhancing your old kitchen. This is because you already have things inside the space, and so there may be a shortage of the total space. For this, it is best to take suggestions from professionals, who can suggest you a good layout. You can change the place of your shelves as per your convenience. Apart from this, professionals will also be able to guide you on the size of roller drawers. - The price of the facelift The price of getting roller drawers is determined by a number of factors. It depends on the material of the drawers that you have chosen. There are different types like real hardwood, fabricated, or melamine. The best way is to first check out the cost of the roller drawer of your choice. Apart from this, the cost will be analyzed by the amount of remodeling you be giving to your kitchen. Professionals are the best ones to have an opinion on this. You may have a lot to shift and remodel, or you may have less. Thus, the price can vary and you must be aware of it in advance. - The time to complete the project The company you hire greatly lays an effect on the time it takes to get the work done. Apart from getting the roller drawers, it should not take more than three to four hours to complete the installation work. For this, it is better to hire experienced professionals and renowned companies who can finish the given task on time. This will let you have time to look at the finished work, and still go for changing things that you dont like.
Under Bed Storage Drawers - A Practical Way to Remove Clutter Are you guilty of a messy bedroom? If you are, dont fret, because you are not alone. You are just one of the many facing the same predicament each day. Organizing your bedroom is not hard if you know how to do it using the right approach and means. When sorting out your clutter you have to determine your available space. Always remember that one of the keys to a clutter-free zone is proper utilization of space. You would be surprised that hidden under your bed is a wide storage area which you can use to keep your stuff. However, just because you have found ample space under that bed does not also mean you can stash everything in there, you have to arrange your stuff using under bed storage drawers. There are different types of under bed storage drawers to choose from: 1. Clear plastic storage drawers - These types of drawers are durable and when properly sealed using snap-down sealing covers are waterproof. These are perfect for safely storing paper documents or anything that is fragile and easily damaged with moisture. These drawers come with wheels for easy movement. 2. Hard wood drawers - These drawers are perfect accessories for bedroom furniture because they come in different sizes and chic designs. These under bed storage drawers are just right for storing childrens toys, bedding, towels, shoes, and other stuffs that are potential clutters. They also come with wheels for convenience. 3. See-through vinyl drawers - This type of under bed storage drawers are made of strong vinyl material. The seams of these drawers are heat sealed and they come with zipper for proper sealing. These drawers are very affordable and are perfect for keeping clothes, bedding, towels, linens, and the like. Under bed storage drawers are the most convenient and practical way of keeping your valuables and other stuff. These items are easily available as they can be purchased online and can be bought in almost any home improvement stores. They come in various sizes making them effective space savers. They help protect your valuables from damaging elements such as dust, humidity, bugs, etc. These under bed drawers can also be used as perfect accessories to any bed because they can come in elegant or modern designs which you can fit to your room style, and when used properly, can last for decades, often handed from one generation to the next.
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