- 1 How much clearance does a side mount drawer slide need?
- 2 Where should drawer slides be positioned?
- 3 How soft close drawers work?
- 4 What are the different types of drawer slides?
- 5 What is the difference between bottom-mount and side mount drawer slides?
- 6 Can I mount drawer slides on the bottom?
- 7 How do you measure for soft close drawer slides?
- 8 Can side drawer slides as undermount?
- 9 How much gap does a drawer runner need?
How much clearance does a side mount drawer slide need?
You can get side-mount slides in ¾ or full extension, which refers to how far the drawer boxes pull out of the cabinets. Most side-mount slides require 1/2” to 17/32” of clearance on each side of a drawer. That means each drawer should be 1” to 1-1/16” smaller than the opening to fit properly.
Where should drawer slides be positioned?
2. Position the Slides. Align the bottom edge of the first slide above the line, as shown. Position the front edge of the slide behind the mark near the face of the cabinet.
How soft close drawers work?
“Soft”-closing means just that it glides. The drawer or door is pushed and it glides to a certain point and then hydraulics take over. The drawer is eased to the closed position, gently and quietly.
What are the different types of drawer slides?
There are 6 types of Drawer slides:
- Ball Bearing Drawer Slides.
- Soft close Ball Bearing Drawer Slides.
- Under mount Drawer Slides.
- Side Mount Drawer Slides.
- Center Mount Drawer slides.
- Roller Slides.
Side mounts are connected on the side of the drawer and cabinet. Bottom mounts are attached to the bottom of the drawer and side of the cabinet. Meanwhile, undermounts are two slides attached to the underneath (invisible) of the drawer and side of the cabinet.
The most common types of drawer slides are bottom-mount or side-mount. For side- mounted slides, I typically use these full extension ball bearing ones from Liberty Hardware. However, depending on the application, I also use these bottom-mount slides from Amazon quite a bit.
How do you measure for soft close drawer slides?
Measure the box, not the drawer front Start at the back of the box and measure to the front of the box without including the face of the drawer. Once you have the length, round the number down. For example, if the drawer is 20 ½ inches long you will need to purchase 20 inch drawer slides.
Can side drawer slides as undermount?
Additionally, side mounts are built to carry a limited load, and if it is used as an undermount, there is a huge possibility that it might bend and malfunction. So for these professionals, the answer to the question “Can you use side mount drawer slides as undermount” will always be no.
How much gap does a drawer runner need?
Drawer depth or height is not critical, but the most common difference between the drawer and the opening is 3/4 inch. For example, if the opening measures 4 inches vertically, the drawer should be built 3 1/4 inches. This allows 1/4 inch at the bottom where the slide is attached, and 1/2 inch at the top for clearance.