Each of us has drawers in our house. They are a very convenient solution for a very functional use of space. To be able to perform their function long and efficiently, they must be solidly built. One of the most important elements of drawers are furniture slides. It is mainly on them that the smoothness of pull-out and durability depends. Drawer runners, performing such an important function, require appropriate involvement during their selection.
Types of furniture slides
There are two main types of slides; roller and ball bearing. The principle of operation of the roller guides is very simple. As their name indicates, the moving element is a roller, sliding on a metal rail. They are characterised by a simple construction, low prices and easy assembly. Unfortunately, the disadvantage is low strength and not very smooth operation. This type of guides will work well in office furniture. If we need more load capacity and drawers will be used often (e.g. kitchen drawers), it is better to choose ball bearing slides. Their construction is a bit more complicated and their price is higher. However, they are much more durable and durable and work more smoothly.
This is a very important parameter. It is necessary to adapt the lifting capacity to our needs. A guide bar that is too delicate under heavy weight will be damaged. At best, it will be a loss of fluidity, grits and squeaks. In extreme cases, the slide may be bent or even cracked, which may lead to damage to the whole drawer and its contents.
This is also an important feature of the guides. For deeper drawers, slides with a higher pull-out ratio will work better, as otherwise we will not be able to reach the back of the drawer. The slides for shorter drawers can extend halfway. Of course, there are also intermediate options, so you can choose the right runner for each drawer.
Additional functions of furniture slides
More and more often we can come across other functions of the guides, such as closing amortisation. It prevents the drawers from crashing and the contents from crashing inside. Another noteworthy option is the so-called push to open. It consists in the fact that in order to open the drawer, it is enough to gently press the front of the drawer.
As drawer runners are crucial for long and comfortable use of furniture, it is worth to think carefully about their selection and adjust it to our needs. Thanks to this, we will avoid the need to replace them, which is troublesome and our furniture will not require any intervention during the whole period of their use.