Instructions for sliding ball bearing drawer rails

Updated February 21, 2017

Installing ball bearing drawer rails can be accomplished in a short time using simple tools. Ball bearing drawer rails allow a drawer to slide on a bearing system that lets the drawer to be pulled out from the cabinet with ease. The slides are fastened to the drawer and cabinet using grabber screws. Most ball bearing drawer slides are rated at 45.4 kg (100 lb). These drawer slides are often used where heavy items will be placed in the drawers.

Separate the drawer and cabinet sections of each drawer rail from each other by pressing the release levers located inside the rails.

Place one drawer box slide rail section onto the side of the drawer box. The drawer slides are not side oriented, so it does not matter which drawer rail is placed on which side of the drawer box. Place the drawer rail at the bottom of the drawer box and flush with the face of the drawer. Fasten the drawer rail onto the drawer box using 1.6 cm (5/8 inch) screws and a power drill.

Repeat step two to attach the other rail to the opposite side of the drawer box.

Place a cabinet section of the drawer rail in the cabinet opening where the drawer will go. Position the rail near the bottom of the opening. Flush the slide up with the face of the cabinet and attach the drawer slide to the side of the cabinet using 1.6 cm (5/8 inch) screws and a power drill.

Repeat step four to install the opposite side of the cabinet rail on the opposite side of the opening.

Slide the drawer into the cabinet. Align the drawer rails together. Avoid pushing the drawer forcefully into the cabinet, as this may damage the drawer rails. The ball bearing drawer rail should slide easily into the cabinet.

Things You'll Need

  • Power drill
  • 1.6 cm (5/8 inch) screws
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Living in Utah, Jared Curtis graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Curtis is continuing his education in hard sciences to apply to medical school in the future. He began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in cabinet-related articles.