Cabinet Drawer System

What makes good quality drawer box?

  • The drawer is visible when opened, so it should be made of real wood for the best appearance.
  • The best drawers have dovetail joints on all four corners of the box.
  • Dovetail joints are attractive.
  • Dovetail joints are interlocked, so they are stronger than pinned or doweled joints.
  • Silverware is heavy! Since drawers hold heavy loads, the box should include a captive plywood bottom.
  • A drawer box that is surfaced with melamine will be easier to clean.
  • The drawer box should have four sides. This seems obvious, but some manufacturers cut corners by building a three sided drawer. The drawer header acts as the fourth side, which compromises the strength of the drawer box.
cabinet drawer

What to look for in drawer glides?

  • Drawers should roll easily on the glides and stop automatically so not to fall out.
  • Full-extension glides let you roll the drawer completely out to get at all the stuff at the back of the drawer.
  • Better drawer glides include a self-closing feature. Give the drawer a nudge, and it quietly closes itself.
  • Look for under mount glides.
  • When glides are mounted underneath, drawer box can be wider.
  • Under mount glides don't catch dirt the way side mount glides do.
drawer slides