Drawer runners set each drawer in motion, making the daily task of pulling items from the depths of your drawers a breeze. They are the alternative to constantly banging doors and stubbornly creaking hinges. They can be found in the kitchen, bathroom or any room. It’s the little things that few people mention that make it all go together – that’s the case with drawer runners. But what if something doesn’t work? Then the whole composition and peace of mind is ruined. To prevent this from happening, this article will outline the types of slides and their specifications so that the right choice can be made for everyone.
Function or design? You don’t always have to choose!
Nowadays, the design of furniture slides has become such that they are very often a harmonious combination. The customer is no longer forced to choose one or the other because the available products have a hybrid of the two. In many slides on the market, functions such as full or partial extension, silent closing, self-closing or the innovative, modern push to open option may be installed. This is somewhat of a standard.
Ball-bearing slides are the most popular choice. Often made of galvanised steel, they provide excellent strength reaching, according to some sources, up to 100kg! It is ideal for drawers that will hold heavy items, protecting the entire drawer from breaking. They are often equipped with a Tip-on function that finds its way into handleless drawers.
Next on the list are the classic roller runners – very easy to fit and often bought. This may be due to the simplicity of manufacture and installation. It works best in unstuffed drawers for small items.
You can also find bottom mounted slides on the market. The slide is fixed under the bottom of the drawer. The result is that it is completely invisible to others.
When deciding where to buy a slide you need to consider exactly what you want the drawer to hold. Then, after careful consideration of the above article, decide on the right slide for you as an investment for the long term.