Sagging drawers is a very common problem – and one that gets worse with age. BUT you’ll be relieved to know that there is a simple and generally inexpensive solution - a new pair of drawer runners.
So, back to the drawers. It feels fairly fundamental when the kitchen drawers start to fall away from the runners or the runners depart from the side of the kitchen cabinet (or kitchen carcasse as it is known in the trade(winks!!)), but it is often an eminantly fixable DIY job. All you need do is replace the drawer runners.
The difficulty is often in identifying where to buy the runners – and which ones to buy. That’s where we come into into the equation. We have a large selection of all types of kitchen drawer runners, from the most basic plastic drawer runner to the more specialised heavy duty zinc plated stainless steel runners (who said it wasn’t sexy?). The fomer – more common – variety are very cheap (less than a quid), whereas the latter will set you back a bigger chunk. But generally speaking you will be able to perform a refit and fix your problem for just a couple of pounds.
The best way to find the drawer runners you want (if you aren’t an expert kitchen fitter or kitchen drawer runner spotter of course), is first to measure it and then probably to try a bit of picture comparison work. Remove the runner and hold up against the computer screen to judge best match if necessary (but possibly not if you’re intending to go to an internet cafe to conduct your search!). Pretty much all runners come in pairs so you probably just need to buy one unit.
Then as long as the fixing points are sound, all you need do is take out the old ones and fit the new ones. The simple, straightforward and painless solution to saggy drawers – go on, you know you should, because leaving them like they are… well, that just pants isn’t it?!