How To Attach Drawer Hardware

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You may need to attach hardware to new drawers or to replace broken or outdated hardware. The hardware for a drawer project includes the slides for the drawer and the pulls for the front of the drawer.

Types of Drawer Glides

The basic decision you’ll need to make is whether to purchase monorail (or single) drawer slides or side drawer slides.

Monorail slides fit in a single rail under a drawer. It is easy to install this type of system: it is inexpensive and does not require measuring or templates. On the other hand, drawers are less stable with this type of glide.

Side drawer slides consist of 4 tracks. One fits on each side of the drawer, and the remaining 2 fit on the sides of the cabinet interior.

Slide Features

One of the appeals of the newer side slides is the extra features available. Self-closing slides will close on their own when the drawer comes within 4 or 5 inches of the back of the drawer box, regardless of what is in the drawer or how the drawer is positioned.

Another feature is the soft close feature that prevents the drawers from slamming. When a drawer is closed, regardless of how hard it is pushed, the slides catch the drawer and slowly close it the last 3 inches so that the drawers never slam.

Installation Tips

On side drawer glides, the glides must be perfectly aligned. To do this, install the slides on either side of the drawer, complete with the front. Install the cabinet slides, but do not tighten them at the back. Use the mounting sockets as tightly as you can.

Carefully slide the drawer in, catching the rear socket. With one hand, hold the drawer in place, and with the other hand, mark the position where the rear sockets should be. Remove the drawer and screw the sockets into place.

Replace the drawer and check for fit. At this point, you can make any adjustments to the vertical or lateral placement of the slides.

Knobs and Pulls

There are many different types of cabinet drawer pulls and knobs, from the whimsical to the formal. Look at all the different types online and in the home improvement stores before deciding on a single style.

Consider installing escutcheon plates under the knob to protect the wood finish and give the drawer some style and form.

Installation Hints

Careful measurement is important when installing knobs and pulls, just as it is when installing slides. The knobs need to be uniform on each cabinet and can not be placed by 'eyeballing,' or else the entire look of the kitchen will be ruined.

Use the edge of the drawer front as a guide and measure from the same place on the drawer each time.

Most knobs and pulls are attached with bolts that come from the inside of the drawer, through the drawer front, and into the threaded back of the knob.