About drawer runners

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About drawer runners
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Drawer runners assist multiple building procedures, design and decor. Using them makes everyday tasks much easier around the house and helps maintain certain rooms in the household such as kitchens and bathrooms. Understanding what type, as well as function, size and design, of drawer runner to obtain for your specific needs is important.

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Function

Drawer runners function to help drawers of every size and style open and close effortlessly and smoothly. The drawer rests on these runners within the surrounding wood. Working together, the runners use their tracks to slide back and forth whenever opened or close. There is a hinge on the very back so that the drawers do not slide completely off. They also help protect the inside parts of the furniture, as well as the drawer, from becoming scratched or worn down by rubbing the two hard materials together without a runner.

Features

Two separate drawer runners are usually needed to install on drawers. They possess two rectangular straight metal sticks with oval shaped holes down the sides of them for screws. Runners usually resemble a rectangle that has one side missing. These are each attached to one side of the drawer and screwed on tight. They are lubricated with an oil or paraffin wax in order to work smoothly and efficiently. They are easy to attach and most often just need the help of a screwdriver and a level to install.

About drawer runners

Types/Uses

Drawer runners assist in functions throughout entire households. They are used in the kitchen for cabinets, freezer drawers, drawers and appliances. They are used in the bathroom for drawers, as well as on a dresser in the bedroom. Offices use drawer runners constantly for file cabinets, regular cabinets, desk drawers and pantry drawers. The most popular materials that they can be constructed out of are metal, plastic, steel, wood and stainless steel. Drawer runners are available for all households and incomes, whether you want to purchase the cheaper versions or the very expensive. It all depends upon the quality desired and the appearance of your home decor. Fortunately, the cheaper drawer runners work just as well as the more expensive ones, but you may have to replace them more often. More expensive drawer runners provide heavier support for when drawers are fully loaded, full expansion (so you can see to the furthermost corners of the drawer), better quality materials and power-driven support. Power-driven support means that when you start to open a drawer, it will propel itself forward because it has sensed that you want this drawer to be open. A little push when you're done, and the drawer closes on its own.

Size

The size of drawer runners completely depends upon the size of the drawer. This can range from a small drawer of 6 inches to a large drawer of 4 feet. They can be modelled for size, durability and weather purposes (for example, a humid or extremely dry environment determines how often the drawer runners should be lubricated). They can range from a 1/2-inch wide to 4 inches wide. For bigger machinery, drawer runners can be made into much larger sizes as well.

Benefits

Runners for drawers offer immense benefits, not only for the condition of the furniture it assists, but also for the manageability. It helps people save a lot of time during their everyday lifestyles and creates a more stable and elegant appearance of the furniture as well. Also, without drawer runners, large pieces of wood would have to be forced back and forth in their cavities and that can risk injury, such as the piece of furniture falling on someone or splinters.

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