How do I fix a dresser drawer

Instructions for repairing a drawer - this is how it's done

For several years now, almost only furniture drawers with drawer rails have been brought onto the market. The drawers slide back and forth on the ball-guided rails without jamming or squeaking. Actually a good invention, if only the system was constructed and fastened a little more robustly. In practice, the rails are often only held by two small screws that sooner or later loosen. The same applies to the small metal balls on which the rails slide. When drawers don't close properly or hang down on one side, it's time for a repair. I would like to explain how this works here.

Repairing a drawer - that's how it's done

If a drawer is drooping on one side, it has either come off the rail or the rail has come off the furniture.
First you have to empty the drawer and pull it out as far as it will go. Look into the drawer, there is at least one screw each on the left and right in the side panels. The rails are attached to the drawer with these so-called M4 screws. If the screws are missing, they have fallen out. The only thing you can do is search or order new M4 screws from Amazon. Sometimes it is enough to put the M4 screw back into the side wall, guide it through the corresponding hole in the metal rail and screw it tight and the drawer works again.
Most of the time, however, the rail has come loose from the piece of furniture or the ball guide no longer works, which means that the repair is a little more complex.

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Repair detached drawer rails

In most cases, a detached drawer rail is responsible for a drooping drawer. The rails are attached to the piece of furniture with so-called Euro screws, these are short thick screws with a screw head diameter of 6 millimeters, see photos. The small screws offer little hold, which is why the drawer rails often detach from the piece of furniture over time. To solve the problem, you have to remove the drawer first. To do this, you need to unscrew the M4 screws that attach the drawer to the rail. Then you can simply pull the drawer out completely and slide the rail back into the piece of furniture as far as it will go.

Now you have free access to the first of at least two euro screws that connect the rail to the piece of furniture. The first euro screw is located at the front and the second at the rear end of the rail. Usually at least one is already off, otherwise the drawer wouldn't hang down. If the detached screw cannot be found, you can reorder suitable euro screws from Amazon. In addition to euro screws, the linked screw set also contains spax screws, as some rails are fastened with spax screws.
The screws are simply passed through the holes provided in the rail and screwed back into the piece of furniture. Danger: The screw holes in the piece of furniture are usually a bit worn out, otherwise the screw would not have fallen out in the first place. So that it still finds a firm hold, you can put some eagle owl into the pre-drilled hole in the wood, then it won't fall out again so quickly.

The drawer rail is stuck - what to do?

Sometimes the drawer slide itself is the problem. Most models have a ball guide, i.e. a number of small metal balls that lie between the two rail parts and enable smooth sliding. The ball guide system is unfortunately quite fragile. Even if the rails bend slightly, for example if the drawer is too heavy, the balls can push themselves out of the rails. Then the drawer suddenly begins to jam and can no longer be pushed in or out completely. Unfortunately, it is not possible to place the balls exactly where they belong without the others falling out. If a drawer rail no longer works, there is only one solution: buy a new one.

At Amazon there are good drawer rails in all common sizes, I can recommend her from my own experience. Important: The dimensions given there refer to the rails when they are closed. If no splint is available in the length of the defective one, just take a slightly shorter model, not a longer one!