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Drawer runners

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the options available explained

There are many different types of drawer runners available in the market that are specifically design for certain applications, without going into too much technical jargon the following explanation should simplify your choice.

Bottom fix drawer runners

Bottom fix drawer runners are mainly found in Living room and Bedroom furniture, they are a light weight economy drawer runner offered in lengths from 250mm to 600mm, key points below,

  1. 80% extension – i.e. about four fifth’s of the length of drawer is exposed when fully opened
  2. Drawer can be lifted and removed when the runners are extended
  3. Maximum drawer weight including contents 25 kilos
  4. Drawer runner fits to the underside of the drawer
  5. Multiple fixing positions
  6. Side clearance is 12.5 to 12.8mm
  7. Soft / self closing devices are available to fit in conjunction with this style of drawer runner
  8. Available in various colours, white being the standard

Metal sided drawer box

The metal sided drawer box style of drawer is traditionally found in the kitchen, it has 2 metal sides and is assembled using a  melamine chipboard base and back, the drawer front would match the cupboard doors. Key points below,

  1. 80% extension
  2. Drawer can be lifted and removed when extended
  3. Maximum drawer weight including contents 25 kilos
  4. Side heights available 85mm, 117mm and 149mm
  5. Multiple fixing positions
  6. Side clearance is 12.5 to 12.8mm
  7. Soft / self closing devices are available to fit in conjunction with this style of drawer runner
  8. Available in various colours, white being the standard
  9. Fixing by wood screws

Ball bearing drawer runners

Ball bearing drawer runners are mainly used for office furniture products, shop fitting or any other application that requires any of the key points mentioned below,

  1. 100% extension so that you can access the full area inside your drawer
  2. Trigger release – the drawer member can be released from the cabinet member by lifting the trigger, this trigger also acts as a stop preventing the drawer from being completely pulled out accidently
  3. The cabinet member screw holes are located on a flexible flap of steel which allows for a bit more tolerance when fixing, the recommended gap between the drawer and cabinet side should be 12.5mm +0.5mm – 0.2mm
  4. Weight loading for ball bearing slides can vary, but as a general rule allow for 45kilos based on a 450mm length slide, heavier duty versions are also available
  5. Both drawer and cabinet member have multiple fixing positions
  6. The action of the drawer slide is silent, smooth and rigid
  7. Ball bearing slides can come equipped with self closing and dampened closing devices as well as bayonets to be used in conjunction with metal furniture

For more information on Drawer Runners visit http://www.eurofitdirect.co.uk/drawer-runners