How to Repair Kitchen Drawers

Written by darla ferrara
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Kitchen drawers are not very complicated structures. They are aggravating, however, when they don't work correctly. This happens for a number of reasons. The metal ledge on which a drawer is often built to glide becomes bent. Sometimes the drawer and cabinet have separate glides that fail to work together as needed to move the drawer. An overloaded drawer can get stuck or damage the wood. When drawers do break, it's easy to fix them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Wood glue
  • Finish nails
  • Tack hammer

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    Drawer Doesn't Slide

  1. 1

    Remove the drawer.

  2. 2

    Check the glides on the drawer and the inside of the cabinet. If they're bent or misaligned, use pliers to bend them back.

  3. 3

    If the glides are broken, unscrew them. Take them to the hardware store so you can purchase replacement parts.

  4. 4

    Screw in the new glides.

    Drawer is Stuck

  1. 1

    Work a putty knife between the drawer and the runner.

  2. 2

    Use the knife to tap the drawer, shaking the contents. Keep doing this until the object causing the blockage dislodges.

  3. 3

    Remove the drawer and adjust the contents.

    Drawer Frame is Broken

  1. 1

    Pull the drawer out and retrieve the pieces. If possible, use wood glue to put the frame back together.

  2. 2

    Fix wood that has started to splinter by attaching it as much as possible with the wood glue. Use finish nails and a tack hammer to secure it. Let the drawer sit out until the glue is dry.

  3. 3

    Replace the drawer as a last resort. Many companies offer replacement drawers. Availability will depend on the type of cabinet, facing material, size, colour and type of glide they use. If you know what brand cabinet you have, start with the manufacturer, such as Kraftmaid or American Woodmark. If not, a cabinet refinisher can probably help.

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