Installing Drawer Slides: 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you are installing drawer slides on a new drawer or replacing the old drawer slides, there are some common mistakes that can easily be avoided with a little advance information. Three things to watch out for:

  1. Slides are not level. Verify that the new slides are level and even on both sides before you complete the installation. If you are using wheel and bearing-based slides, this will need to be done on both the slides attached to the drawer and the guides attached to the furniture. Failing to do this can lead to the drawer not closing properly.
  2. Incorrect slide height. Make sure you measure carefully and place the slides at the appropriate heights on both the furniture and the drawer, if necessary. If this height is incorrect, the drawer can overlap the top of the furniture or have a gap between the top of the drawer and the furniture.
  3. Slides installed backwards. Make sure that the slides are placed in the proper direction. If they are are upside down or backwards, the drawer will not fit into the mount at all.