A good drawer slide means years of convenience without many headaches. But selecting the correct drawer slide can be a daunting task. How do you select the right one for your need? When choosing an industrial drawer slide, there are several factors to take into consideration. Read the following guide below to find out more:
Drawer Slide Extension
The slide ‘extension’ refers to the length to which the drawer can pull out from the drawer unit. It is the far your drawer comes out when open. Depending on its use, you may require a 3/4 extension and ¼ part of the drawer to remains in the cabinet. You can also choose a full extension to push the drawer outwards to 100% of the slide’s length across the linear slide rail. You may find most drawers extend 100% in many homes, whereas you find 75% extension slides in industrial needs. Full-extension allows the drawer to open the full length of the slide, creating greater access. Overtravel enables the drawer to extend beyond the full extension. Therefore it is desirable if there is a lip on the desk or countertop that prevents full access to the drawer.
There are different methods for fitting a drawer slide. These involve how you can fix the slide to the drawer. The three main approaches include Screw, Dowel, or Clamp. During the mass production of furniture, manufacturers mainly use Clamp fittings on production lines. If you are using the ball bearing slide, then attach it to the side of the drawer. They will naturally be attached to the drawer’s bottom if the slide is a bottom fixed roller then. Most slides come with multiple holes for easy fitting. However, this depends on the size of the carcass. If you do this incorrectly, then the application will fail.
Load Rating of the drawer slides
The load rating is one of the essential items to consider when buying drawer slides. Different drawer slides have a specific weight rating. Before you proceed to buy any drawer slid, you must have a good idea of the type of material you intend to keep in this drawer. If the drawer is for a more industrial application, be sure it will require a lot of weight support. While most drawer slides rate at 75, 100, or 150 pounds, some ball-bearing slides can hold up to a 500-pound load. Understanding the amount of weight you need to support may help filter out your choices to those most specific to your needs.
Drawer Slide Features
When you purchase drawer slides, they usually come with a range of unique options that meet your needs. Today most slides come as soft-close, which allows you to slide the drawer on a linear slide rail without slamming. Self-closing slides are also available, and they are designed to pull the drawer in without effort. If you have flat cabinetry with no handles, you may go for a push-to-open option. Such require only a little push; then the drawer slides open towards you.