How To Choose A Drawer Slide?

There are many factors to consider when selecting the right drawer slides. You can use the following guide to help you decide which drawer slide is best for your requirements.

Load Rating

When selecting drawer slides, the load rating is an important consideration. Our slides range in weight from 10kg for most kitchen drawers up to 250kg for heavy-duty drawers that store industrial components and tools.

  • Light Duty Bearings Slides
  • Medium Duty ball bearing slides
  • Heavy-Duty Bearing Slides

This applies to all Drawer slide models when they are fully extended. When mounted side-by-side, our slides will be reduced in load capacity by up to 80%

Fixing Method

The slide attaches to the drawer by one of three methods: Dowel, Screw, or Clamp. Clamp fittings for mass-produced furniture are made using clamp fittings.

Fixing Positions

Once the slide has been attached, you can see where it is located. If the slide is a bearing slide, it will attach to the side of your drawer. But, if you have a bottom fixed slide, then they will attach to its bottom. All our slides are available with multiple holes depending on how large the carcass is.

The location of the drawer slide when it is attached to the drawer cabinet should be considered. This will cause the load rating to be lost or worse, the application to fail. You can see the graphic below to learn more about the various ways you can fit drawer slides.

Drawer Length

You will need a slide to match the size drawer unit. Most slides come in regular lengths that are rounded to the nearest 50mm, although mini slides have slightly different sizing.

Drawer Opening Or Extension

The slide ‘extension’ refers to how far the drawer will pull out of the drawer unit. This is also the total length of the drawer that it can open. Depending on the purpose of the drawer, you might need either a 75% or full extension to extend it to 75% of its length. The majority of drawers in kitchens extend 100%. Bedroom furniture and office furniture, however, have more than 75% extension slides.

Installation Width

The installation width indicates how much space the slide takes up to separate the drawer and carcass. This will depend on three things: the slide’s size, its fixing position, as well its load rating.

What Is The Difference Between A Drawer Slide And A Runner?

Much is made of the question: “What is the distinction between a slider and a runner?” However, we found that they both serve the same function: allowing a drawer to move in and out. Therefore, you can use either name for everything that is related.

Although there are minor technical differences between slides and runners, both have the same basic function and allow drawers to move in and off of each other easily. Because slides and runners can both be interchangeable, most companies refer to these products as Drawer Runners.

Although a Runner is similar to a slide, you must understand what you need from your runner. Depending on the purpose of the runner, the type of runner you need will determine what it is you require. This could be a runner that is heavy-duty or light-duty, a mini slide, an aluminum slide, a soft close, or a bottom fix.

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