How to Replace Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Slides

Updated February 21, 2017

Your kitchen drawers have rollers or pegs on the side that catch in a slide that is installed on both sides of the cabinet. The slides allow your drawer to move in and out easily. Drawers may stick, grind or make a squeaking noise when the slides are worn out. This is common on cheap plastic slides that come on some prefab cabinet models. Removing the old slides will reduce wear to the drawers and keep them from sticking.

Pull out the drawer, and lift up once it is at the end of the slide to remove it from the cabinet.

Remove the screws that hold the old slides in place and pull them out. Pry out the slides using a pry bar if the slide does not have screws and is glued on. Be careful not to damage the wood.

Remove the old slide from the bottom of the drawer by removing the screw and pulling it off. Pry it off if there is no screw and it is glued.

Measure the width of the drawer, and find the centre point if there is no slide on the bottom of the drawer. Draw a line down the middle of the drawer.

Place the new slide on the centre line of the drawer, and attach it with the provided screws.

Attach the new bottom half of the slide on to the support rail inside the cabinet using the screws provided in the kit. Insert the screws into the pre-drilled holes.

Slide in the drawer to test whether it slides in straight. Adjust the slides if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
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