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How to Choose Drawer Hardware

Save your drawers from the damage of daily wear and tear by installing high-quality drawer slides. Choosing the right style for your needs and properly installing them are important factors to extend the life of your drawers and get the most out of your drawer hardware. Whether you’re doing a kitchen renovation or choosing cabinetry for a new home under construction, it’s essential to have all the details on drawer tracks, drawer pulls and hinges to make an informed decision. Follow our guidelines below to ensure you choose the best drawer hardware for your needs.

Slide Types

Over time, dust particles and corrosion can create problems opening and closing your drawers, and pressure generated from constant sticking or slamming drawers can cause harm. Soft close drawer slides and soft close hinges use shock absorption to extend the life of your cabinets and drawers while also adding a touch of luxury to impress your guests. The more gradual shutting of soft close drawers also reduces noise, prevents items from shifting and protects you from accidentally slamming your fingers inside.

Slide Configurations

There are several different drawer mount styles to choose from, including center mount, side mount and under mount. These mounts can be visible or hidden depending on the configuration, and are available in plastic, metal or wood. Each mount style and material offers different benefits. For showing off cabinetry, under mount drawer slides are a great option that keep the metal or wood drawer slides out of sight for a cleaner look. For a heavy-duty drawer slide, opt for side mount guides, which offer the highest load capacity for heavier contents.

When choosing a drawer mount, consider the width, depth, expected weight load and frequency of use for the drawer. Review the load rating assigned for the different drawer guides to choose one that meets your specific weight requirements. For especially deep drawers, slide extenders provide easier access to the full storage area. Take advantage of the extra space and add a drawer organizer to help cut the clutter.

Cabinet Hardware

Depending on the intended use and desired aesthetic for your drawers, The Home Depot has a huge selection of unique cabinet pulls, knobs, hinges and drawer rails to choose from. Whether your drawers call for center, side or under mount drawer slides, we have drawer hardware options to fit your needs.

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