How to remove drawer slides

Written by kenneth crawford | 13/05/2017
How to remove drawer slides
If you're drawer is stuck, you may need a new slide. (kitchen drawer image by Christopher Hall from

Your kitchen and bathroom drawers glide on drawer slides. The two most common types of drawer slides are side mount slides and the single bottom slide. When the drawers are not functioning properly, you may need to replace the slides. You can remove the existing drawer slides in a matter of minutes. Take the drawer slide to a hardware shop to buy a replacement that's the same length as the old slide.

Side mount

Open the drawer and remove all of the contents.

Pull the drawer out as far as the slide will allow. Slide your hands to the rear of the drawer and lift the rear to manoeuvre the drawer rollers over the slide rollers.

Place the drawer upside down on a flat surface. Remove the screws that secure the drawer slide to the drawer with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Reach into the drawer hole of the cabinet and locate the screws that secure the cabinet slide rail. Remove the screws with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

Single bottom mount

Empty the drawer. Pull the drawer out as far as it will go. Lift the front of the drawer and pull the drawer away from the cabinet.

Place the drawer upside down and insert a flathead screwdriver between the plastic drawer glide and the bottom of the drawer. The drawer glide is the piece that rides on the centre drawer slide in the desk or cabinet. The plastic glide secures to the rear drawer bottom with staples.

Remove the screw that secures the front of the single drawer slide to the desk or cabinet's bottom drawer edge, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Lift the back of the slide out of the metal hangar in the back wall of the cabinet or desk.

Disconnect the metal hangar off the rear wall by removing the two securing screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver

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