What are Drawer Runners?
Drawer runners are the metal or plastic runners on your drawers that help them glide. Most have wheels on them that glide over tracks on the item that the drawer is connected to. But not all of them have wheels. Newer, quiet close runners do not use wheels. Instead, they use a gliding system that extends as you open the drawer and slowly retracts when you go to close the drawer.
Why Would You Need to Buy Drawer Runners?
If your drawers are getting difficult to open or close, you should oil the existing draw runners. If that does not solve the problem, or if the runner is visibly broken, you will need to replace them. Fortunately, this is a fairly easy task to complete. You need to unscrew any tracks and runners on both the item that holds the drawer and the drawer itself and then screw the new ones into place. All in all, the process should only take about 10 to 15 minutes per drawer.
How Do You Buy The Right Drawer Runner?
When you are buying a drawer runner, you have a few decisions to make. The first decision is whether you want a traditional drawer runner or a new soft close or quiet close one. Soft and quiet close models only come in metal, but they tend to be more expensive than traditional models. If you want a traditional model, you have to select between metal or plastic. Metal tends to last longer than metal, but plastic will not rust if you live in high humidity areas.