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How to adjust your cabinet drawers

How to adjust your cabinet drawers

Automatic closing drawers work mechanically to glide the drawer back into the cabinet. There’s no motor, just ball bearings that allow the drawer to slip back into the cabinet using only gravity. Self-closing drawers work perfectly for years if they are properly adjusted to begin with. The primary reason for self-closing drawer failure is improperly installed guides or a drawer that was built out of square. This can cause the drawer to skew to one side and fail to close all the way. You can adjust this type of drawer using only a screwdriver.

Runner Adjustment

Shut the drawer as far as it will go without forcing it. Check the spaces between the drawer front and the front of the cabinet. One side will be spaced farther than the other side.

Pull the drawer out of the cabinet and set it aside. Lean into the cabinet. Using a screwdriver, loosen the screws holding the runner to the back of the cabinet on the side that was spaced the farthest from the cabinet when you checked it.

Tap the runner as far as it will go away from the side of the drawer. There are oval-shaped holes in the runner that will allow it to move. Tighten the screws. Shut the drawer. If it’s worse, loosen the screws and tap the runner the other direction and tighten to adjust.

Shut the drawer. If it still won’t close, adjust the runner on the other side using the same technique until the drawer glides back into the cabinet smoothly.

Drawer Adjustment

Adjust the drawer if it will not shut completely after adjusting the runners. Pull the drawer out of the cabinet. Measure the box of the drawer only. Measure from corner to corner diagonally both ways. You will likely see that one measurement is longer than the other, meaning your drawer is out of square.

Stand the drawer diagonally on the corner that measured longer. Push down on the drawer with a moderate amount of force. This should tweak the drawer just enough to square it back up.

Insert the drawer back into the cabinet. If it still won’t close properly, take it out. Use more force on the corner. It’s OK to thump it with a rubber mallet on the corner if that’s easier for you. Test and adjust as needed until the drawer glides back into the cabinet easily.

Things You Will Need

Rubber mallet (optional)

Don’t be afraid to adjust all of the runners. They all have oval-shaped screw holes. Adjusting self-closing drawers can sometimes be trial and error. Have patience. In rare cases when other options fail, you can add a small wooden shim between the runner and the drawer to adjust a drawer or cabinet that was built poorly.

Warning

Wear safety glasses when working with wood.

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A quality sink can last for 15 years or more, but even the best sink can suffer scratches and wear over time due to frequent use. When it’s time to replace your sink, narrow your search based on size before focusing on cost, finish and other features. By understanding standard sizes for kitchen sinks, it makes it easy to design your kitchen, plan cabinets and find the right sink for your needs.

Setting the Standard

The average kitchen sink measures 22-by-30 inches. While the front-to-back dimensions of the sink remain standard due to the size of most countertops and cabinets, the width of different types of sinks can vary dramatically. But some homeowners opt for deeper countertops measuring 30 inches or more, which can accommodate a larger sink than the standard countertop. Single bowl sinks come in sizes as wide as 33 inches, while double-bowl units can measure 48 inches.Triple bowl units may be as wide as 60 inches. Narrow trough sinks, designed for easy food preparation, generally measure 8 to 14 inches front-to-back and can stretch 50 inches or wider.

Going Deep

Most kitchen sinks vary from 8 to 10 inches in depth. While a sink with a 10 inch depth makes it easier to soak pots and pans, deeper sinks can be more uncomfortable for shorter family members to use. Shallow sinks allow for easier reaching and prep work. Some prep sinks come with a depth of just a few inches, and are often installed alongside a standard sink for washing dishes or cleaning vegetables. When choosing sink depth, keep in mind that under-mount sinks sit about 2 inches lower than drop-in sinks, which can make the bottom of the sink more difficult to reach.

Staying in Proportion

Even the standard 22-by-33-inch sink may seem too large in small kitchens. For rooms smaller than 150 square feet or 10-by-15 feet, skip the big sinks and stick to models that fall below the standard size range. If your kitchen exceeds 150 square feet, look for larger units, including double- or triple-bowl units that are better equipped to meet the needs of larger families.

How to adjust your cabinet drawers

To extend the life of your KraftMaid Cabinetry, please download the Full Care and Cleaning Guide.

KraftMaid designs much of its cabinetry to be adjustable by you, the customer. Over years of normal use, some screws and hinges may need to be tightened, or drawers and runners adjusted. Follow these easy DIY tips below to adjust your kitchen cabinet hinges, screws, drawer fronts, runners and soft-close cabinets for peak performance and extended life :

Kitchen Cabinet Hinge Adjustments

    Wood Drawer Box
    If a drawer front looks crooked, first measure at each end of the drawer front to see if the height is the same. If not, slightly push the adjustment tab on the lower side toward the back of the drawer. To move a drawer front forward or back, you can rotate the tilt adjustment dial on the rear of each drawer to tilt the top of the drawer front forward. Rotate counterclockwise to raise the back of the door. Note: This adjustment can only be made PRIOR to installing decorative hardware (handles or knobs).

Metal Drawer Box
Again, first measure at each end of the drawer front to see if the height is the same. If not, remove cover plate on the inside of the metal drawer box. Inside will be two screws, one for up-and-down adjustment and the other for adjusting the drawer front right to left.

Drawer Runner Adjustments

We construct our cabinetry using several types of self-adjusting drawer suspension systems. The drawer function and, in some cases, the options chosen by the purchaser determine the runner type used.

  • Side-mount runners (used only on roll-out trays and desk knee drawer cabinets)
  • Full-extension undermount runners with buffer system for soft-close drawers
  • Full-extension side-mount runners (used on drawer storage, desk double drawer and base pantry pull-out cabinets)

We equip side-mount runners with self-adjusting rear mounting clips. If roll-out trays rub or bind, remove the tray and check the position of the screws in the runner, as well as in the cabinet. You may need to retighten these screws to eliminate any interference or chafing.

Like side-mount runners, undermount runners come with self-adjusting rear mounting clips.

The ball-bearing-action undermount suspension system is galvanized. This precision runner also has self-adjusting rear mounting clips. One additional adjustment is possible with this system. To raise the drawer, simply move the orange lever on the front retainer clips back until the drawer is at the proper position. This is located on the underside of the drawer. To lower the drawer, move the gray levers forward until achieving the appropriate position.

Accessory Adjustments

We offer one of the most comprehensive line of storage solutions available. With more than 200 intelligent, attractive options, you’re sure to find everything you need – and a place for everything you have. After installation, you may need to make a few final adjustments.

Low-Voltage Lighting Bulb Replacement

Whether used to highlight collectibles or to illuminate a countertop, our low-voltage lighting is an excellent and economical lighting source. To replace a bulb:

  • Make sure you turn it off and allow the bulb to cool completely.
  • Remove the plastic lens ring by turning it slightly and pulling downward.
  • Firmly grasp the miniature xenon bulb and pull it from the base in a horizontal motion. Oil from the skin can cause premature bulb failure, so grasp the new bulb with a tissue and insert the bulb into the fixture base.
  • Replace the lens ring.
  • Installation is now complete.

10- or 20-watt (max.) halogen bulbs are suitable for replacements.

Talk to us

If you have any questions about how to clean or care for your cabinetry, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call our toll free consumer line at 1-888-562-7744, contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or use our convenient contact form to email us directly.

How to adjust your cabinet drawers

Adjusting your cabinet drawers is a crucial step that needs to be done during any cabinet installation. While this is true, your cabinets may need to be adjusted from time to time, as well.

Some people who install their own cabinets can often work themselves into a panic simply because the drawers look crooked. In most cases, a few simply adjustments can be made to rectify this issue. It’s also necessary to adjust the drawer guides periodically because the drawer boxes may contract and expand, and the weight of the box changes.

If you have soft close drawers, you can likely adjust them with the built-in adjustment tabs. These are found on the underside of the drawer box. There are some guides that also have a tilt adjustment, found on the back of the drawer slides.

Steps to Adjust Your Drawer Guides

If you have noticed your drawers need to be adjusted, follow the steps listed here.

  • Step 1: Determine what you want the drawer face to do. For example, are you trying to get the right side of the drawer face to move up slightly?
  • Step 2: Take the drawer box out and release it from the guide.
  • Step 3: Adjust the tabs. These are in different places, but you can typically find them on the underside of the drawer box.
  • Step 4: Check the fit of the adjusted drawer. Put the drawer box back in place and see if the adjustment was effective. If more adjustments are needed, repeat the above steps.

Adjusting the Tilt

There are some drawer guides that provide more adjustment points, which are responsible for controlling the drawer box’s tilt. These adjusters can be found at the back of the drawer slides, which are mounted to the cabinet box.

When trying to adjust the tilt, you should remove the drawer box and then use the tilt tab that is found on the back of the drawer slides. As you are moving the tab, you are going to see the mounting cleat, which moves with it. If the cleat goes up, that’s going to raise the back of the drawer box. With these tabs, you can easily get the drawer to tilt either to the right or left or to the front or back.

Drawer Adjustment Made Easy

If you aren’t very familiar with cabinets and drawers, you may find the steps here a bit complex. Don’t worry, there are professionals that can help. They can ensure your drawers are moving smoothly on the tracks and that they are even at all times.

By keeping your drawers even and moving properly, you won’t have “eye sores” in your kitchen. It will also help ensure the drawers don’t cause any damage to the cabinet boxes they have been installed in.

We construct our cabinetry with several types of durable, high-performance hinges that will operate smoothly and silently for years. Periodically, you should tighten hinge screws, because they can loosen over time with normal use. Find detailed instructions in our Installation, Care & Cleaning Guide.

Drawer Front Adjustments

WOOD DRAWER BOX

If a drawer front looks crooked, first measure the drawer front at each end to see if the height is the same. If not, slightly push the adjustment tab on the lower side towards the back of the drawer. To move a drawer front forward or back, you can rotate the tilt adjustment dial on the rear of each drawer to tilt the top of the drawer front forward. Rotate counterclockwise to raise back of drawer. Note: This adjustment can only be made PRIOR to installing decorative hardware (handles or knobs).

METAL DRAWER BOX

Again, first measure the drawer front at each end to see if the height is the same. If not, remove cover plate on the inside of the metal drawer box. Inside will be two screws, one for up and down adjustment, and the other for adjusting the drawer front right to left.

Drawer Runner Adjustments

We construct our cabinetry using several types of self-adjusting drawer suspension systems. The drawer function and, in some cases, the options chosen by the purchaser determine the runner type used.

  • Sidemount runners (used only on certain roll-out trays and desk knee-drawer cabinets)
  • Full-extension undermount runners with buffer system
  • Full-extension sidemount runners (used on drawer storage, desk double-file drawer and base pantry pull-out cabinets)

We equip sidemount runners with self-adjusting rear mounting clips. If roll-out trays rub or bind, remove the tray and check the position of the screws in the runner, as well as in the cabinet. You may need to retighten these screws to eliminate any interference or chafing.

Like sidemount runners, undermount runners come with self-adjusting rear mounting clips.

The ball-bearing-action undermount suspension system is galvanized. This precision runner also has self-adjusting rearmounting clips. One additional adjustment is possible with this system. To raise the drawer, simply move the orange lever on the front retainer clips back until the drawer is at the proper position. This is located on the underside of the drawer. To lower the drawer, move the gray levers forward until achieving the appropriate position. You can find illustrated instructions for this process in our Installation, Care & Cleaning Guide.

Accessory Adjustments

>We offer one of the most comprehensive line of storage solutions available. With more than 200 intelligent, attractive options, you’re sure to find everything you need – and a place for everything you have. After installation, you may need to make a few final adjustments. Download our Installation, Care & Cleaning Guide for instructions on wastebaskets, Lazy Susans and more.

Low-Voltage Lighting Bulb Replacement

Whether used to highlight collectibles or to illuminate a countertop, our low-voltage lighting is an excellent and economical lighting source. To replace a bulb, make sure you turn it off and allow the bulb to cool completely. Remove the plastic lens ring by turning it slightly and pulling downward. Firmly grasp the miniature xenon bulb and pull it from the base in a horizontal motion. Oil from the skin can cause premature bulb failure, so grasp the new bulb with a tissue and insert the bulb into the fixture base. Replace the lens ring. Installation is now complete. Suitable replacements are 10- or 20-watt halogen bulbs.

Talk to Us

If you have any questions about how to clean or care for your KraftMaid cabinetry, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call our toll-free consumer line at 1-888-562-7744, contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or use our convenient contact form to email us directly.

Have a drawer that’s gone a little crooked, or a door that doesn’t line up with its neighbor anymore? Check out these easy adjustments that will get everything back in line in no time:

HINGES:
Cornerstone adjustment | download
Millennia adjustment | download
Angle restriction clip | download

GUIDES:
inMotion guide adjustment | download
COR Salice vs. Blum mounting locations | download
MIL Salice vs. Blum mounting locations | download

VIDEOS:
Blum quality | view
Cornerstone hinge adjustment | view
Millennia hinge adjustment | view
Turning inMotion hinge on/off | view
Installing restrictor clips | view
Look inside a Blum hinge | view
Blum guide adjustment | coming soon!

Concealed Hinge Adjustment PDF shows adjustment points on all of our hinges.

Demonstrates removal and installation of drawers with undermount full-extension drawer guides (UMFEGs) and gives instructions for adjusting drawer height.

6-Way Adjustable Guides – black with orange handles
Download PDF | watch video

Orange Mechanism – for guides with an orange locking mechanism
Download PDF

Red Mechanism – guides using a red mechanism with a bright green lever
Download PDF

Self-centering Cornerstone guides – with white plastic mechanism
Watch video

Contains instructions for adjusting the doors on Lazy Susan cabinets with attached doors.

Revolving (39K) – styles with attached revolving doors
Collapsing (199K) – cabinets with collapsing carousel doors

Includes instructions on removing and inserting the drawer and drawer front, as well as side-to-side and height adjustments for drawer fronts.

How to adjust your cabinet drawers

It can be one of the most annoying things in the world when you have a drawer that continuously insists on opening by itself with no explanation as to why it is happening. Not only is it a considerable aggravation, but it is also a potential hazard –especially if you have young children in the home.

So how do you fix a drawer that keeps opening by itself? The first step would be to check the weight in the drawer. If there are many heavy items at the front, then a shift in items may be the answer to your creeping drawer problem. If this fails, you may need to adjust the glides. This is a relatively simple task and can easily be completed as an at-home DIY project.

The last thing you want to have to do is completely replace your drawer, or even worse, replace the entire cabinet. In this article, we will explain how to adjust the glides on your self-opening drawer, as well as some other possible causes of a creeping drawer.

If you want to find the best Drawer Glides and Slides, click here.

How to Fix a Drawer That Opens by Itself

Do you have a drawer that has a mind of its own and keeps opening by itself? There are a few different methods when it comes to fixing a drawer that opens by itself. The best methods for fixing a creeping drawer are listed below.

Check The Weight Distribution

You may have gotten into a habit of just throwing things into the front of a drawer without really putting much thought into it. This is especially true for people who have busy lives. Throwing stuff into the front of a drawer can cause a lot of extra weight at the front of the drawer and may be the reason it is falling open.

Before taking any extreme measures to fix your creeping drawer, take a moment to have a look inside it. A little bit of rearranging may be the key when it comes to stopping your drawer from having a mind of its own and opening every time you leave the room.

Where possible, try to put the heaviest objects towards the back or middle of the drawer and leave room at the front for lighter items. Use logic when arranging your drawer items and try to ensure that the weight within the drawer is distributed as evenly as possible.

Is The Drawer on a Tilted Surface?

If the above method fails, it would be worth checking if your cabinet is tilted or sitting on a sloped floor. The best way to check this is to use a level and place it on the top of the cabinet in question. If the bubble in the level tends towards the back of the cabinet, this could be the problem.

It is not always possible to shift the tilt on a cabinet, but placing something underneath the front of the cabinet to level it out may just help. Try to get the bubble on your level as close to the center as possible. If it is not possible to adjust the tilt on your cabinet, you would then need to adjust the glides and tracks on the drawer and cabinet, ensuring that the bubble on your level is centered as you do so. Below is a step-by-step guide on adjusting the glides and tracks on your drawer and cabinet.

Adjust The Drawer Glides

Although drawer glides come in a variety of styles, the vast majority of them attach to the drawers and cabinet with the use of screws. Commonly, one of these screws may have become loose, and this will, of course, cause the glide to become uneven. If this is the case, take the following course of action:

Step One

Pull your drawer completely out of the cabinet that holds it.

Step Two

Place your drawer on a level surface and then rest a level on top of one of the glides. If you can move this glide easily, this indicates that it is loose. Wiggle it up and down until the bubble on your level is completely centered. Then, simply tighten all of the screws in place to keep your glide in this position. If your glide is not loose, but your level indicates that it is not centered, all you need to do is undo the screws, adjust the glide to the centered position, and then re-tighten the screws.

Step Three

Take a look inside the cabinet that holds the drawer. Place your level on the top of one of the tracks that holds the drawer and check if the bubble is centered. Adjust the track accordingly so that it is centered by loosening the screws and then re-tightening them in the correct position. Do the same with the track on the other side of the cabinet.

Step Four

If there is a center track present, check this as it may have come loose. If that is the case, re-attach the center track to the cabinet facing and tighten the screws so that it stays in place.

Why Does My Drawer Keep Opening by Itself? The Causes

There are a number of reasons your drawer may be opening by itself. Below we explore some of the main reasons for a creeping drawer.

There Are Too Many Heavy Items in The Front

You may have too many heavy items in the front of the drawer that is causing it to open. For example, a kitchen drawer may have all of the utensils at the front for ease of access. However, this leaves little weight in the back of the drawer. Another example may be a file cabinet where heavy books are stored at the front, and lighter books are stored at the back. This can cause your drawer to open by itself.

The Cabinet is Tilted

Another possible cause of a drawer that opens by itself is a drawer that lies within a tilted cabinet. It is possible that the cabinet itself has been constructed in a way that causes it to tilt or that it has become damaged, resulting in a slight tilt. Alternatively, the cabinet may be resting on uneven flooring, leaving it to lean forward slightly. This could, therefore, cause your drawers to open on their own.

The Glides or Tracks Have Come Loose

Most drawers are made up of glides and tracks which are fitted with screws. It is common that these screws can become loose, either on the drawer glides or on the tracks within the cabinet.

Alternatively, the tracks or glides may not have been originally fitted completely centered, resulting in them being slightly tilted. If the glides or tracks slant slightly towards the front of the cabinet, this may cause your drawer to open by itself.

Drawer Keeps Opening by Itself? The Bottom Line

A drawer that keeps opening by itself can be very annoying and can even be dangerous. This is especially true for those who have children that can easily accidentally run into an open drawer.

There are a number of reasons a drawer may be opening by itself. The most common reasons include bad weight distribution, a tilted cabinet, or the tracks or glides have come loose.

A drawer that opens by itself is an easy fix and can be done by almost anyone in the home.

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10 thoughts on “ Adjusting Blum Tandem Drawer Glides ”

I’m having a problem with the adjustment Please call me for help figuring it out at 847 212-8668

Hi Robin, please kindly contact your cabinet joint sales rep for support. However, we cannot seem to find any order for you, so we are assuming you placed your cabinet order elsewhere, in which case you would be best served by contacting your supplier for support. Thanks!

HI
We have the Blum slides and the soft close function is not working.
Any fixes available?

The glides have a lifetime warranty, so we would recommend contacting Blum for a replacement if outside the Conestoga warranty.

One of my drawers slides all the way in but then pops out about 1/2″. Any ideas? I watched the video and tried a few things but still pops back out.
Thanks.

Hi, Dan. I can’t seem to find a project on file with us, so I would suggest contacting who you bought the cabinets from for assistance with this.

Hi Brian,
We are building inset cabinets. Is there an in/out adjustment? Our drawer boxes are not even so the drawer front sticks out on one side and is not flush.
Kathleen

Hi Kathleen,
To adjust the drawer box in and out, remove the drawer box from the cabinet to access the inset mounting blocks. Loosen the screw that attaches the drawer glide to the mounting block. Then you can adjust the drawer track in and out to make the drawer front flush with the front frame. Once the slides are readjusted, tighten the screw and place the drawer box back on the glides. This video beginning at 10 min 25 sec shows this process.

Hi! One of my drawers doesn’t close itself all the way in by itself, it stops absout 1,5 cm before the most closed position. It is possible to close it by a small touch though. Any ideas?

Hi Kalle,
Thanks for your question. I cannot locate your job file in our system.
I would recommend you contacting the cabinet coach who assisted you with your project to figure out a way to fix the drawer glide issue.