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mechth 01-20-2014 12:47 AM

How to fix sagging drawers for buildins?
I noticed drawers on a buildin desk in my kitchen is sagging recently. After removing the drawers, I saw the contractor attached one of the panels using staples. Those staples cannot handle the weight so that vertical panel is patially detached. The space is tight so I cannot drill a pocket hole on the vertical panel unless I remove the whole thing. Is there other ways to fix it?


joed 01-20-2014 07:40 AM

Glue a shim or wedge UNDER the panel to hold it up.
Some glue at the top before pushing it up would not hurt either.

joecaption 01-20-2014 08:13 AM

I might do a simple check first.
Take a level and check the bottom of that panel the drawer glide is attached to.
Reason I suggest that is to see if just gluing and lifting that piece back in place is going to effect the drawer when it's fully extended.
And to see if someone just screwed up by installing that horizontal strip to low.
Are any of the other drawers effected?

TotalHomeworx 01-20-2014 09:11 AM

It looks like it was glued and stapled in. The extra weight in the drawers has pushed it down and the rail underneath is bending from the weight as well. I would just push it back into place and add some L-brackets on either side of the divider and into the back or top bar. Use 1 1/2" L brackets and 3/4" screws.

Store your bricks somewhere else, haha

joecaption 01-20-2014 10:42 AM

If you do try the L brackets your going to need special screws.
particle board does not hold screws well.

joed 01-20-2014 12:03 PM

The other fix could be to leave it. It is not going to sag any further. Reset the glide to a level position.
I would shim under it quick and easy and it won't be able to sag again.

mechth 01-20-2014 01:35 PM

Oops! didn't realize I posted the pictures more than once.

I checked the level yesterday. Both the front and rear are sagging. There are 2 drawers. The sagging is so severe that those 2 drawers are not horizontal/vertical any more. They would even hit each other on the top adjacent corners.

For front, it's an easy fix. The rear part I believe brackets and screws would be the solution.

BTW I didn't put anything heavy in the drawers. The weight of the drawers themselves is enough to cause the sagging since the frame is not attached to the table top properly (table top is level).

Thanks everyone for your input. I love this forum.

mechth 02-03-2014 08:24 PM

problem solved. I used L brackets. now the desk is solid as a rock.

thanks for everyone's input.

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