How to Replace Drawer Slides

Drawer slides are an integral part of any cabinet, dresser, or other piece of furniture that offers drawers. Typically made of plastic or metal, a drawer slide enables a drawer to glide in and out of its enclosure without friction. When a drawer glide begins to wear out or otherwise break, you’ll know: drawers will no longer glide in and out with relative ease, and you’ll need to use increasing effort to access their contents.

To replace a broken drawer glide, you’ll need to have on hand the proper furniture drawer slides parts, as well as a Phillip’s screwdriver. First remove the drawer from its enclosure – do this by pulling it straight out, and then tilting it up at a 45 degree angle to release it from the drawer glide’s tracks.

Once the drawer has been moved, use the screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the drawer glide in place – there may be just two on each glide, but sometimes more for longer glides. If you have removed the screws but the glide will still not come free, check for the presence of wood staples, and remove them using the flat edge of a screwdriver, pliers, or even a butter knife.

Finally, install the new drawer glides, making sure to use the same screw holes and other guidelines that were in use with the previous glides.

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