How do you make dresser drawers slide easier?

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How do you make dresser drawers slide easier?
Dresser drawers should close smoothly without sticking or forced effort. (drawer handles image by jovica antoski from

It is irritating to try to push a dresser drawer closed and have it suddenly stop moving. Fingers get pinched and frustration increases. Antique or older wooden dressers tend to be affected by the humidity levels in a home. Summer heat, wood stove heat and rainy weather can effect the furniture in a house. The swelling and drying of the dresser materials cause the wooden drawers to stick within the opening. Save the dresser and maintain the drawers for an easy slide open and close.

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Bar of plain soap, candle or beeswax

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  1. 1

    Pull the drawer out of the dresser unit. If it is stuck fast, move the piece of furniture near a safe source of heat and let it sit for a few days. Try to remove the drawer again after the warmer temperature reduces swelling.

  2. 2

    Check the drawer to see if there are any protruding nails or broken pieces of wood that is causing the problem. Look into the dresser opening to see if anything has fallen into the area that can keep the drawer from moving properly. Remove any obstructions. Use a hammer to pull any nail that is protruding from the wood and replace it with a new one. Reinforce any metal parts and rub or spray lubricant on the pieces. If a metal part is bent, rusted or broken replace it with a new one.

  3. 3

    Rub beeswax, a white candle or a bar of plain soap along the bottom and bottom sides of the drawer. Lubricate any areas of the dresser interior that the drawer will glide over.

  4. 4

    Check the bottom of the drawer for any uneven areas if it is still sticking. Sand any uneven portions of wood that is keeping the drawer from moving smoothly.

  5. 5

    Re-apply the soap or beeswax lubricant and insert the drawer into the dresser.

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