So you’ve found a really cool old dresser, but the drawers don’t work well? What a pain! This is a common problem though. Before you paint that dresser (or not), here’s how to fix old dresser drawers that stick. Repairing old furniture isn’t as hard as it may seem!
Old dressers are notorious for having broken drawers of some sort. They have been around for longer than many of us have, so there is a good reason why they come with broken pieces.
That doesn’t mean that you need to put up with sticky dresser drawers, broken vintage dresser drawers, or even drawers that are hard to open and/or close.
So here’s how to fix dresser drawers that stick. But we aren’t stopping there.
We’ll also cover how to fix broken drawers, how to make old dresser drawers slide better, how to repair dresser drawers, and even how to remove dresser drawers.
First things first, before you can fix old dresser drawers, you need to learn how to remove drawers from a dresser. It might be straight forward, and it might not be.
And then we will start at the easiest way to fix drawers and move onto more advanced ways if the drawer is really broken.
How to Remove Dresser Drawers
Most of these really old dressers don’t have a track system at all, and they are super simple to remove. You just slide them out.
But newer dressers usually come with a track system on the bottom or the sides of the drawers. Most of the time a simple, strong tug will get the drawers unstuck.
**Before you give the drawer a good tug though, pull the drawer out as far as it will go, and then take a look under the drawer.
There may be a little latch or lever that needs to be pushed towards the bottom of the drawer to release the drawer.
If the track system is on the side of the dresser drawers, pull the drawer out as far as it will go, and then look in the track for a plastic lever.
If you find a little lever, push it up or down on both sides of the drawer, and then give the drawer a little tug. It should easily come out of the dresser.
How to Fix Drawer Slides
Have you ever tried to open an old dresser drawer, only to find that it’s stuck or difficult to open? It can be frustrating and even prevent you from using the dresser at all.
But don’t worry – there are some simple solutions for these drawers.
In this section, we’ll cover common issues such as drawers that won’t slide, drawers that are hard to open, and ways to make old dresser drawers slide better.
These tips will help you get your dresser drawers back in working order so you can enjoy your piece without any hassle.
- Old Dresser Drawers Hard to Open
- Old Dresser Drawers Won’t Slide
- How To Fix a Dresser Drawer Side
- How to Repair Worn Drawer Runners
- How To Fix Broken Dresser Drawer Tracks
How to Repair Drawer Bottom
Now let’s dive into the nitty-gritty: fixing broken drawer bottoms. You may be dealing with a sagging dresser drawer or perhaps the drawer’s bottom is simply worn out.
But no need to worry if you come across any of these! Each of these issues can be tackled with a little patience and know-how.
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- How To Fix Sagging Dresser Drawers
- How to Fix Dresser Drawers Bottom
Dresser Drawer Liners
Now that we’ve made sure our drawers are in tip-top shape, let’s give them a little personal touch by lining them.
Not only does this add a pop of color or pattern, but lining your dresser drawers can also help protect the wood from scratches and spills.
Removing existing liners and felt from drawers might seem daunting but fear not! We’ve got you covered with easy step-by-step tutorials.
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- How To Remove Felt From Wood Drawers
How much time should I set aside for fixing dresser drawers?
The amount of time needed to fix dresser drawers can vary depending on the severity of the issue and your level of experience with furniture repair.
On average, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours per drawer. If you are new to furniture repair, it may take longer as you familiarize yourself with the process and tools needed.
However, if you have experience with furniture repair and the issue is minor, you may be able to fix a drawer in as little as 15 minutes.
It’s always a good idea to set aside more time than you think you will need, just in case there are any unexpected challenges along the way.
Take your time and follow the steps carefully for the best results. And if you find yourself getting frustrated or stuck, don’t hesitate to take a break and come back to it later with fresh eyes.
How often should I check and maintain my dresser drawers?
Regular maintenance of your dresser drawers is important to prevent any issues from arising.
It’s recommended to check and maintain your dresser drawers every 6 months or so, especially if you use them frequently.
It’s a good idea to regularly clean the inside of your dresser drawers, removing any dust or debris that may have accumulated.
Another tip is to avoid overstuffing drawers as it can strain components and cause faster wear. Address minor issues promptly to prevent them from becoming bigger problems.
When drawers don’t work on a dresser, it can be super frustrating! But now you know how to fix old dresser drawers that stick… and then some more!
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