By Kirby. Drawer. Published at Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 - 14:32:11 PM.
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.
Tips for Selecting Kitchen Drawer Pulls Whether you are replacing your kitchen cabinets or not, new kitchen drawer pulls are a great way to change up the look of your kitchen without spending a lot of money. Kitchen drawer pulls can take just about any shape, color, or style you can think of, and they do not take a lot of time to install. However, selecting the right kitchen drawer pulls does involve making many decisions. You have to think about the style of the hardware compared to the style of the drawers. Then you have to think about the weight and size of the drawers to determine what size pulls you need. You also have to consider the various materials that kitchen drawer pulls are made out of. With all of these decisions, how can you know which drawer pulls will look best in your kitchen? Here are some tips to figuring it all out. Hardware Style Style is one of the most obvious things when it comes to décor of any kind. The way the hardware looks in the drawers it will go on is certainly very important. It should match the rest of the kitchen and complete the look, much like earrings or a necklace completes your personal look. Kitchen drawer pulls are like the finishing touches on a beautiful kitchen, and they can enhance the beauty of the kitchen if they are selected properly or look glaring and out of place if the wrong decision is made. When considering style, just think about the overall style of the kitchen. If you decided on an antique look, then antique drawer pulls are the answer, but if you have a very modern or contemporary look, then you will need something much more sleek and newer. Another part of choosing a style is the kind of kitchen drawer pull you select. Drawer pulls can either be knobs or handles, depending on which style you prefer. You may even want to take into consideration which of the two types feels better in your hand. Materials Another important option that is related to style is the material. Metal kitchen drawer pulls are the most popular right now, but many people opt instead of glass or plastic pulls. Metal pulls will last quite a bit longer than glass or plastic, although they are quite expensive and can be a bit limited in terms of color. However, what metal pulls lack in color, they make up for in the ability to have very ornate carvings and designs. Glass pulls have the benefit of offering a wide selection of colors and very intricate designs. In fact, people who really want a unique type of hardware for their kitchen or bathroom will probably want to opt for glass because of the many choices that are available. Plastic drawer pulls are the least expensive option, and they may offer many different colors and designs also, but often they are very cheap and do not last a long time. Be prepared to change the hardware out again in a couple of years if you opt for low grade plastic. More durable and expensive plastic may last longer than a couple of years. Drawer Size Finally, remember to take into account the size of the drawers. This part has two sides to it. First, think about the overall size of the pull and the size of the drawer face. The pull should be proportional to the front of the drawer. Second, think about how heavy the drawer is and how easy or difficult it is to pull out. Kitchen drawer pulls that are too small will not work well with very heavy or large drawers.
Save Your Sanity With Drawer Organizers Drawers are, without doubt, a very difficult area of a house to keep organized. Whether in the kitchen, the bedroom or in a desk, they are notorious for their clutter and mess. If youre tired of your drawers getting jammed shut because theyre too full, or sick of emptying your drawers entire contents onto the bed just to find a matching sock, consider investing in some drawer organizers. No matter what kind of drawer in any room in the house, there are specifically designed drawer organizers that can make your life easier. For garment drawers, there are several designs of organizers available. Some have small cubicles for holding individual pairs of socks or single ties. Others have larger compartments for bulkier items such as sweaters. For drawers where you store a variety of different items, there are even customizable interlocking bins that will fit into deeper drawers. In many homes, kitchen drawers can be an absolute nightmare. As such, kitchen drawer organizers are amongst the most important items in your entire home! Aside from the standard slots for organizing knives, forks and spoons, many kitchen drawer organizers have larger sections to accommodate bigger utensils such as serving cutlery, mixers and ladles. Not only is it inconvenient to go rooting around in search of a particular item, in the kitchen specifically, it can be hazardous as it is very easy to cut yourself on a sharp knife or other object. Whether at home or in the office, desk drawers are a massive cause of grief! It can be impossible to find anything amidst an unsorted heap of paper clips, rubber bands, scissors, staplers, batteries, note pads, pens, markers and any other items that are routinely "thrown" in. With a well-organized drawer, you wont have to go through the frustration of spending ten minutes sifting through random office clutter only to discover that the calculator you were looking for was on the desk next to the phone the whole time! No matter what you keep in your drawers, whether at home or in the office, drawer organizers allow for easy sorting of your items. Things are kept neatly in place so you can easily find them keeping making your day less stressful.
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.
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