Drawer slides enable the holders to slide in and out of the units such as cabinets in kitchen, cupboard units, etc. They are categorized as per weight, mounting style, length, extension, and sliding mechanisms. The best ones are those which allow them to be opened and closed without much effort and as noiselessly as possible.
Wooden roller drawer slides feature strips of wood that act as rails to move and rest. They can also have guides to keep it on the correct path and prevent the left and right movement caused by the face frame of the cabinet impeding the opening. No metal hardware is required which provides a perfect finish to it. These roller motions have two metal pieces fixed with each other and nylon wheels. One piece of metal is attached to it while the other is attached to the frame of the cabinet. The two metal pieces move over each other using the nylon wheels whenever it is operated. The nylon wheels permit smooth sliding. They are visible on the two sides, and thus it needs a false face or a large lip to conceal them.
Ball-bearing drawer slides have ball bearings usually made of steel that move over each other smoothly whenever it is opened and closed. There are two types of ball bearings to be precise. In the progressive versions, all the ball bearing segments move as one unit during the opening and closing it. In the telescopic models, each segment extends or retracts individually prior to the movement of the other segment.
They remain fixed on both sides in the interior of the cabinet. The side mounting slides come in both roller as well as ball-bearing varieties. The space clearance between the side-mounted area and the sides of the cabinet should be 1/2 inches. Such types limit the opening. Undermount drawer motions are attached to the bottom of it. These are equipped with the ball-bearing drawer slides, which are not visible when it is opened. The space clearance required above and below, at the opening to install the under-mount is 1/2 inches.
The motion objects are fixed on the bottom right side and bottom left side of it. They come in both partial and full extension varieties and can be used for both frames as well as frameless cabinets. Center mount drawer motions are mounted underneath the central portion. They usually have wood or ball bearing mechanisms and are suitable for lightweight ones. The required space clearance is dependent upon their thickness.
Push to open them as soon as the front face of it is given a slight push. There is no requirement of additional hardware such as handle or knob. Push to open is suitable for modular kitchen and bathroom cabinets because there is no hardware to interfere with the look of the space. Self close drawer slide enables it to close automatically on the slightest push. Soft close drawer slides reduce slamming when it is closed which enables soundless closing & reduces the sound significantly by dampening the closing motion. Shock absorbing one absorbs shock when it is slammed, thereby preventing damage to the internal parts.
Its load capability is measured in weight rating. The heavy-duty ones have a high weight rating and can handle even 200 pounds. Usually, low and medium duty ones can manage 75 to 150 pounds. These prices depend upon the construction, weight rating, finish, mechanism, and other features. It is also influenced by brand examples, Godrej & Hepo are of superior quality and cost more as compared to others. You can buy them online offered by various online stores.
Brand - Godrej
Load bearing capacity: 35 kg, 45 kg, 125 kg
Special anti-rebound function
Easy to install
Smooth moving drawers
Brand - Hepo
Capacity : 30 kg
Usage : Wooden Drawers, Kitchen Baskets
Material : Steel
Slide Type : Side Mounted Ball bearing
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