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Old 12-02-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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Misaligned drawers


Hi there,

I'm having issues with a set of dresser drawers rubbing against each other. They're aligned properly vertically, but the ones beside each other all rub together (see pictures attached).

When I take them out, I see that I'm able to adjust the rails up and down to fix the vertical alignment, but is there anything I can do to adjust the horizontal alignment?

(I'm quite the DIY newbie, so my thanks in advance for any assistance!)

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You might have some play in the faces. There should be two screws that attach them to the drawer. Loosen then and see if you have any play.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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Hi there,

I'm having issues with a set of dresser drawers rubbing against each other. They're aligned properly vertically, but the ones beside each other all rub together (see pictures attached).

When I take them out, I see that I'm able to adjust the rails up and down to fix the vertical alignment, but is there anything I can do to adjust the horizontal alignment?

(I'm quite the DIY newbie, so my thanks in advance for any assistance!)

- H
First swap the drawers and see what happens.
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What type of rails do you have? I sure some sort of shimming could be used to shift everything away from the center.

However on closer look it appears the gap at the bottom is wider than at the top indicating the rails have shifted or worn down in the center.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for the replies. Much appreciated.

I tried swapping the drawers and they were not a good fit (wouldn't close properly, hitting the sides of the unit).

The faces on the drawers had eight screws in them and there was not any give to them.

I've attached a picture of the rails and the inside of the faces.

Any other ideas?

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Check the screws holding the rails for any that are loose. Check both side, the drawer and the cabinet. You may need to remove some of the screws, plug the holes and put the screws back adjusting the drawers up or down as required.
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Before you make any adjustments do this one test. Find something long and straight Like a level and lay it on top of the dresser. Is the top flat or does it sag in the center?
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Also check to see if your problem is that the frame of the dresser is racking, which can happen if the base is not sitting on something that is a plane surface. When that happens, the face of the dresser turns from a rectangle into a parallelogram, and the drawers all go out of whack. To test to see if this is your problem, set a spacer under the dresser that's about 1/8", under the right front corner. See what that does to the drawer fit. Repeat with the spacer under the left front corner.
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