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How to install bottom-mount drawer slides

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Why choose these?

  • The mounting position allows you to make drawers nearly the full width of the drawer opening -- minus 1/8" on each side, netting more storage space than with other slides.
  • Using a single slide ($8 to $20 per pair) in the center of the drawer reduces hardware costs.

When you use only one slide per drawer, you reduce the weight-carrying capacity to less than half that of a similar drawer with two slides. (Single bottom-mount slides typically rate for 25-pound capacity.) In order for the mounting screws to hold, you'll need to make your drawer bottoms 1/2" thick, or add a spacer -- shown on the bottom drawer on slide 1 -- if using thinner bottoms. Most bottom-mount slides are 3/8" thick, but leave 5/16" under your drawer bottom for mounting. The extra 1/16" provides clearance between the drawer sides and the face frame after mounting.

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Comments (1)
gardm wrote:

I redid our kitchen in 1970 when we had 3 little girls using exactly that method. Followed instructions included. Lasted 30+ years until we got bored. The drawers the experts installed cost us many sq. inches. Bathroom cabinets still working fine.

5/29/2014 09:00:27 PM Report Abuse

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