Published at Saturday, June 17th, 2017 - 10:57:11 AM. Drawer. By shelby.
Tips on Buying a Chest of Drawers Everything you need to know to find the best chest of drawers for your home If youre looking for bedroom storage, a chest of drawers can meet most of your needs - we have put together a list of things to consider before you buy Choosing a chest of drawer design Its a good idea to have a basic idea in mind before you start looking for a chest of drawers, otherwise you could find yourself changing your mind with every model you see and coming home empty handed. Think about whether you want the chest of drawers to be tall and narrow, or short and wide, and whether you need several small drawers at the top, or just a serious of large drawers. Its also worth thinking about how deep the drawers need to be Where will the chest of drawers go If the chest of drawers is going in a particular space, remember to make a note of the measurements to make sure it will fit when you get it home. If you are buying a wooden piece of furniture, remember it will need to be positioned away from any radiators or working fireplaces, as the heat can dry out and warp the wood. Some chest of drawers designs offer adjustable feet, which is worth considering if you have uneven flooring, as it eliminates the need to wedge something under one corner to stop it from wobbling. Chest of drawers design features If you are buying your chest of drawers on the internet, you should still try to visit a showroom and have a good look at them. There are certain design features that you should check, such as whether the drawers open smoothly on their runners and how easy it is to grasp the handles - practicality outweighs style at this stage, so if it seems like the drawers might be difficult to open when they are full, you will probably want to start your search again. Check the quality of the chest of drawers Obviously, the chest of drawers you buy should feel solid and strong, but you can also check that it is made well by looking at the drawers. Familiarise yourself with what dovetail joints look like, and check that they have been used to hold the front and sides of the drawers together. And lastly, run your hands over the insides of the drawers to make sure there are no rough areas that could snag clothing.
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.
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