Changing drawers to heavier duty slides?

windycitylindySeptember 6, 2012

I have a few drawers in my kitchen where I'm now wishing I'd gotten heavier-duty drawer slides. Is it possible to relatively easily have the slides replaced with heavier duty ones? Can they just be changed out or does the drawer box have to be changed as well? I currently have Blumotion undermount slides, and I'd like to keep the soft-close/full-extension features.

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Angie_DIY

Blumotion does make heavy-duty undermount slides with soft-close. (I have a few.) You can probably even use the same holes -- I cannot say for sure if they use the same mounting pattern, but I would be pretty surprised if they don't.

I really cannot comment on your drawer box; does it seem like it needs to be beefed up to deal with what you are putting into it?

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 1:59PM
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windycitylindy

The drawer box itself is plenty beefy. I was just hoping that the heavier duty slides don't take up any more space because if they do, the drawers would probably have to be changed. Does that make sense?

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 2:45PM
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brickeyee

" heavier duty slides don't take up any more space because if they do, the drawers would probably have to be changed. Does that make sense?

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One of the things that commonly varies as the weight rating goes up is the thickness of the slides, directly reducing the size of the drawer box in a fixed opening size.

Many of the slides with plastic wheels do NOT respond well to heavy loads, even withing their wight rating, long term.
They get stiffer and stiffer to move.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 2:55PM
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