Choosing the Right Drawer Slide

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Whether you’re updating your kitchen or outfitting new cabinetry, selecting the can seem like a daunting task. How do you choose from all the options? Here’s a quick introduction to the basic characteristics of , as well as some of the features and benefits of different types of .  Figuring out what you want in each category will help streamline your search.

Tutorial – How to Choose the Right Drawer


Decide whether you want side-mount, center-mount or undermount slides. The amount of space between your drawer box and the cabinet opening will affect your decision.

drawer slide

Side-mount slides are sold in pairs or sets, with a slide attaching to each side of the drawer.

– Available with either a ball-bearing or roller mechanism.

– Require clearance – usually 1/2″ – between the and the sides of the cabinet opening.

center mounted drawer slides

Center-mount slides are sold as single slides that, as the name suggests, mount under the center of the drawer.

– Available in classic wood version or with ball-bearing mechanism.

– Required clearance depends on thickness of slide.


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