What To Look For When Buying Drawer Slides?

To begin, you will need to pay careful consideration to a wide range of different variables to select the drawer slide that will fulfill your objectives in the most optimal manner possible. If you read the guidance that is provided below, you will be able to decide which drawer slide will fulfill your particular requirements to the greatest extent possible and provide you with the largest amount of satisfaction imaginable.

Rating Of The Load

When choosing a drawer slide, giving careful consideration to the load rating is one of the most significant factors. Slides are classified according to their load classifications, which range from Light to Medium to Heavy Duty. Commonly slides range in capacity from 10 kilograms, making them ideal for use in typical kitchen drawers, to 250 kilograms, making them suitable for use in heavy-duty drawers that store tools and other industrial components.

  • Ball Bearing Slides for Light Duty Applications – (10kg – 15kg)
  • Ball Bearing Slides for Medium-Duty Applications – (35kg – 45kg)
  • Ball Bearing Slides for Heavy Duty Applications – (120kg – 250kg)

Adjusting The Positions

The place where the drawer slide will be attached once it has been attached. If the slide in question is ball bearings slides, then it will most likely be attached to the side of the drawer. On the other hand, if the slide in question is a bottom fixed roller, then it is only logical that it will be attached to the bottom of the drawer.

When installing drawer slides, one crucial consideration to keep in mind is where the slides will be located once they have been attached to the drawer unit. If this step is not carried out properly, either the load rating will be lost or, even worse, the application would be unsuccessful.

Drawer Length

Because the length of a drawer slide is determined by using the slide’s longest dimension when it is fully closed, the length of the drawer should correspond to the length of the slide. The dimensions of the drawer slide will end up being determined by the overall dimensions of the drawer unit.

Slides are normally created in consistent lengths that are rounded off to the nearest 50 mm; however, the dimensions of microscopic slides can be quite a bit more erratic. Slides are typically manufactured in consistent lengths that are rounded off to the nearest 50 mm.

Expansion Of The Drawer Or Opening

The “extension” of a slide is the distance the drawer will move away from the drawer unit when it is fully extended, also known as the full length of the drawer. Depending on the drawer’s intended purpose, you may need a 70% slide, which allows the drawer to expand out to only 70% of the slide’s length, or a full extension, which will allow the drawer to extend out to 100% of the slide’s length.

These two slides are called “extenders” for short. When compared to the majority of kitchen drawer slides, which stretch to their full length, the vast majority of a bedroom and office drawer slides only go out 70% of the way.

Width Of The Installation

The width of the installation refers to the amount of space that will be created by the slide between the drawer and the drawer unit or carcass. This gap is referred to as the installation width. The answer to this question will largely be decided by the dimensions of the slide, the position at which it will be fixed, as well as the weight capacity of the slide. This space is referred to as the “installation width.”