Before you place your order, double check the following:
Length - Did you measure the length?
The slide length is based on what type of slide is being used, and the cabinet construction.
For a basic side mount application: Measure from the cabinet front edge to the back wall. Then subtract 1-inch, and round up or down to the closest two-inch length increment.
For under-mount slides, measure the drawer length. Slides must be the same length as the drawer to work properly.
Side Space - Did you measure the side space for your drawer before selecting your slide?
Side space is calculated by measuring the cabinet opening (side to side), then measuring the drawer width (side to side), subtracting the drawer width dimension from the cabinet width dimension, and dividing the result by two. A 24 inch opening, utilizing a 23 inch wide drawer, would need a 1/2" side space slide (24" minus 23" equals 1 divided by 2 = 1/2"). Typical side space drawer slides are either 3/8", 1/2" or 3/4"
Load Rating - Did you confirm the load rating suits your cabinet and your projected use?
Consider how much weight the drawer will need to hold. Drawer slide load rates must include the weight of the drawer being used. Load rate is the anticipated total gross load of the system.
Load rating is especially important when choosing slides for heavy-duty applications
Extension - How far do you want the slide to extend?
3/4 extension: Drawer travel is less than the slide length. Part of the drawer remains in the cabinet.
Full extension: Allows drawer to open to the full length of the slide
Over travel: Allows drawer to open beyond full extension, providing complete access to drawer contents.
Mounting - Do you want to mount the slides on the sides of the drawer, under the drawer by using either Under Mount slides, or side mount slides laid flat under the drawer?
The amount of space between your drawer box and the cabinet will influence your decision.
Side mount slides are sold in pairs or “handed” sets, with a slide attaching to each side of drawer and cabinet opening.
Typically Accuride side mount slides include ball bearing movement construction.
Require clearance - usually 3/8”, 1/2" or ¾” between the drawer slides and the inside walls of the cabinet opening, depending on travel and load rate requirements of the application.
Undermount slides are also drawer slides that are sold in pairs. They mount to the sides of the cabinet and connect to levered disconnect and securing devices attached to the underside of the drawer.
Flat mount – slides, typically are side mounted slides turned 90 degrees and mounted completely under the drawer. Flat mount slides typically carry about 50% of the posted side mount load rating.
Not visible when the drawer is open, making them a good choice if you want to highlight your cabinetry.
Require less clearance between the drawer slides and the cabinet opening (usually 3/16 to 1/4 per side), but do require specific clearances and mounting surfaces under the drawer, matching the side space of the slide chosen.
***Note that in the event you need to return an order or items purchased in error, you will be charged a restocking fee of 25% or a minimum of $10.00.
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