Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Drawer slides: what you need to know before making a choiceby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Like all of the hardware used in making your kitchen cabinets, you probably don't pay too much attention to drawer slides until it's time to replace them or they stop working. Drawer slides, sometimes called sliders or glides, are the pieces of hardware that keep your drawers sliding back and forth effortlessly, giving you easy access to whatever is inside. These silent workhorses of the kitchen hold everything you can stuff into your kitchen drawers and take a beating daily.
When refacing your kitchen cabinets, whether or not to replace your drawer slides is a question you have to answer -- and if you decide to replace them, it helps to know a few things first.
A drawer slide glossary
Here are a few important terms to know:
Basic types of drawer slides
Drawer slides typically come in three different styles:
There are many other combinations and other creatively constructed specialty drawer slides available out there, including double slides, which can open in either direction for access to a drawer on either side of a kitchen island, or soft-close slides, which have built-in shocks to prevent slamming. Talk to your contractor about what kind of drawer slides are right for your kitchen.
About the Author
Karl Fendelander cut his teeth on web writing in the late nineties and has been plugged in to the newest technology and tuned in to the latest trends ever since. With an eye for design and an ear for language, Karl has created content and managed digital media for startups and established companies alike. When he unplugs, Karl can be found biking about town and hiking and climbing throughout the West.