How to Replace Drawer Runners

Are your drawers feeling sticky or stiff? If so, you may need to replace your existing drawer runners with new ones. Fitting new drawer runners can make a kitchen unit, desk or chest of drawers in the bedroom feel good as new! Keep reading for our simple guide on how to replace faulty drawer runners.


Suitable for any drawer at home, our range of drawer runners are available in three different closed length measurements including 350mm, 400mm and 450mm. Designed to fully extend and facilitate smooth operation, our drawer slides feature telescopic design and a ball bearing mechanism with a soft close feature. This built-in feature prevents drawers from slamming shut.


Replacing drawer runners is a straightforward task, all you need is a tape measure, pozidrive screw driver, pencil and note pad, and of course, the new, appropriate size drawer runners and fixings.


Fitting Drawer Slides


Start by removing all the content from the drawer(s) that requires replacement runners. Once everything is removed, pull the drawer out as far as it will go. Take the pozidrive screw driver and begin unfastening the fixings that attach the runners to the sides of the drawers.


By removing the fixings, this will enable you to lift the drawer off the runners which will give you access to unscrew further fixings that keep the seconded half of the drawer runners secured to the unit. Once you’ve unscrewed the fixings, you will be able to lift the runners completely out and away from the unit.


When ordering a new set of drawer runners, you will need to know the closed length measurement. To determine the size required, simply measure the length of the closed drawer runner and take note of the measurement.


TOP TIP: Make sure to measure each drawer that requires a replacement drawer runner as measurements may vary (even in the same unit!).


To fix your new drawer runners, you will need to align the guides for installation, completing the fit by fastening the new fixings with the screw driver. Repeat this process for every drawer on your ‘to-do list’.


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