How to repair the bottoms of dressing table drawers

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How to repair the bottoms of dressing table drawers
Modern furniture is often made of flimsy material. (photobac/iStock/Getty Images)

Broken bottoms of dressing table drawers cause clothes to spill out and ruin the aesthetics of your furniture. By placing objects that are too heavy on your drawers, you can break the bottom, especially if it is made out of a thin material. In addition, clothes that work their way in between the bottom and the sides of the drawers can cause the drawer to bend or crack. Look at the bottom of your drawers before storing any heavy objects. Repair the bottom of the drawer to restore the look of your dresser.

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Things you need

  • Nail puller
  • Tape measure
  • Wood
  • Nails
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Slide out the entire drawer and take out its contents. You may have to slightly lift it up when pulling it out to remove the drawer.

  2. 2

    Pry out the bottom nails with a nail puller. Keep the nails in a safe place to use for a new bottom. Measure the bottom of the drawer and write down the measurements. Take the measurements of the thickness of the bottom and type of wood used if you can identify it. Many dressing table drawer bottoms are made with particle board. You can use a stronger wood for replacing the bottom.

  3. 3

    Take the measurements or entire dressing table drawer bottom with you to the hardware shop. Choose a piece of material that is the same thickness as the bottom of the dressing table. Ask the hardware store to cut the wood to the correct measurements.

  4. 4

    Place your nails in the locations they were on the old board. Use a hammer to nail in the nails. If you have replaced your old particle board bottom with stronger wood, use thicker nails.

  5. 5

    Replace the dresser drawer back into the dresser. Give it a couple of test pulls before storing your objects.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact your furniture's manufacturer for dressing table drawer bottoms specifically made for your furniture.
  • Make sure that the nails go into the wood. If the nails stick out into the dressing table, they will cause clothes to snag.

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