How to Install 3 Types of Drawer Slides in Cabinets - WOOD magazine

Epoxy-coated drawer slides, ball-bearing slides, and bottom-mounted slides are three common types of slide hardware for drawer cabinets. WOOD's Kevin Boyle explains how to choose between the styles, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and shows a simple way to install each type.

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When it comes to picking a drawer slide, there are a variety of elements to take into consideration. In addition to the ease of sliding and base product, how the slides are installed is an essential factor.

Bottom-mount- These slides have actually 2 rails installed on the bottom of the drawer (one on each side). Considering that they can hold more weight, they are ideal for much heavier loads, and are generally full extension drawers (or extremely close to full extension), enabling you to quickly take the drawer out for cleansing or moving. Blum drawer slides are popular for bottom-mount options.

Center-mount- These are set up under the center of the drawer and stretch from the front to the back of the drawer. They are invisible from the top and hold a light to medium weight (making them perfect for smaller drawers). You usually can not totally eliminate the door with this type of mount. Usually old furniture was made with a center-mount drawer slide, so you might notice that on certain pieces of vintage furnishings. The best part about center-mount drawer slides is that they are very simple to set up.

Side-mount- Side-mount drawer slides are a popular type of drawer slide that is used frequently in restrooms and cooking areas. In this kind of slide, 2 rails are set up on both sides of the drawer. They are commonly readily available in various lengths, weights and products, so it's simple to discover slides that are right for your home. When drawers are open and somewhat lessens the drawer width, these slides are really noticeable. They can be utilized to hold more weight than other types of slides, so they come in useful with bigger loads.

European- European drawer slides are typically used with frameless or face-frame cabinets because they are easy to mount. Hettich drawer slides are popular for European epoxy options.

Ball-bearing- Ball-bearing drawer slides often replace the popular center-mount slides. The ball bearings allow for simple usage with minimal disturbance or sound. Some models even enable you to press on the sides of the slides to totally eliminate the drawer from the base, which permits simple transportation when moving or just for drawer cleansing. Other models are self-closing.


Because they can hold more weight, they are perfect for heavier loads, and are usually full extension drawers (or really close to full extension), permitting you to easily take the drawer out for cleansing or moving. Side-mount- Side-mount drawer slides are a really popular type of drawer slide that is utilized often in cooking areas and restrooms. These slides are extremely visible when drawers are open and slightly reduces the drawer width. Ball-bearing- Ball-bearing drawer slides often change the popular center-mount slides. Some designs even permit you to push on the sides of the slides to completely get rid of the drawer from the base, which permits for simple transportation when moving or simply for drawer cleaning.
Epoxy-coated drawer slides, ball-bearing slides, and bottom-mounted slides are three common types of slide hardware for drawer cabinets. WOOD's Kevin Boyle explains how to choose between the styles, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and shows a simple way to install each type. Subscribe to the WOOD YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_...Subscribe to WOOD...