How to Choose a Drawer Slide
When choosing an appropriate drawer slide there are a number of things that you need to take into consideration.
• The means by which the slide is affixed to the drawer, the three main varieties of this are by Screw, Dowel or Clamp. At Eurofit Direct we only sell screw fix methods however the other methods are available to order, for example clamp fittings are used on production lines for mass produced furniture.
• The location of the drawer slide once affixed. Generally if the slide is a ball bearing slide then it will attach to the side of the drawer, however if the slide is a bottom fixed roller then naturally they will be attached to the bottom of the drawer. All our slides have multiple holes for easy fitting depending on the size of the carcass.
• Depending on the size of the drawer unit you will need a drawer slide to match, the length is measured as the longest dimension of a fully closed slide - so the slide should fit the length of the drawer. Slides normally come in regular lengths rounded to the nearest 50mm - although mini slides are a bit more irregular in their sizing.
Drawer Opening or Extension
• The slide 'extension' is the length to which the drawer will pull out from the drawer unit, in other words the drawer opening. Depending on the use of the drawer you may require a ¾ slide which extends the drawer out to ¾ the length of the slide, or a full extension which will extend the drawer outwards to 100% of the length of the slide. In kitchens you find most drawers extend 100%, whereas in bedroom furniture or office furniture you find more ¾ extension slides.
• The load rating is an extremely important factor to consider when selecting a drawer slide that will be used in a drawer designed to hold heavier weights. Our selection of slides range from 25kg slides suitable for most kitchen drawers, up to 160kg heavy duty slides used for drawers storing tools and industrial components.
• The installation width is how much space the slide will separate the drawer from the drawer unit or carcass, this will largely depend on; the size of the slide, its fixing position, and its load rating.