Nothing can make or break the quality of a project you have been working on more than the drawer slides you choose. Whether working on the kitchen, bathroom, closet, pantry remodels or personal projects, choosing the right drawer slide makes the perfect final touch. The following is a guide of all the useful options that are available to homeowners today.
Choosing the Right Drawer Slide
When deciding which drawer slide is right for the job there are several important things to consider.
3/4 extension: (See illustration Fig. A) Restricted access to your drawers contents is probably what most people have become accustom. Slides with ¾ extension allow you to pull the drawer out ¾ of its total specified length and are still better than older wooden guide drawers you might still have around the house. While these are an economical solution to replacing an old drawer slide there are also some exciting new options available from OVIS.
Full extension: (See illustration Fig. B)Full extension drawer slides are recommended for the average homeowner or hobbyists because they allow you to easily view and access everything that is inside of your drawers.
Over travel: (See illustration Fig. C)Drawers with the over travel feature allows drawers to open beyond full extension, meaning that you get more inches (See illustration Fig. D) of clearance than you would with a full extension drawer slide. Drawer slides with over travel are ideal if you have kitchen countertops that hang over the edge or have a lip on your cabinets. They will still provide total visibility and access to your cabinet contents.
Drawer slide weight ratings are determined following the specifications of the following standards programs. In general all drawer slides are rated based on an 18 inch length. Longer slides will have less weight capacity, slides shorter than 18" will have a higher capacity. Consult list the below listed governing bodies for details.