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If you have antique dressers, vanities, wardrobes or other types of case-and-drawer furniture, you may have had problems with drawers that stick. Use and abuse over the years can make drawers hard to open and close. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks that usually will fix a sticking drawer.

Remove the drawers. Inspect them for loose joints and broken pieces. Reglue loose joints and repair or replace broken pieces. If the drawers are sound, lubricate them by rubbing paraffin or candle wax on the bottom and top of the drawers’ side pieces and around the edges of the drawer fronts where they slide into the case. Buy paraffin or candles at your grocery store.

Apply nylon drawer slide tape to the wooden drawer runners if the wax lubrication doesn’t free up the sticking drawer. Lightly sand the drawer runners with fine grit sandpaper to ensure good adhesion and vacuum up the sanding dust. Cut the tape to length with scissors, peel off the backing and stick it down onto the drawer runners. Buy drawer slide tape at woodworking, hardware and home centers.

Sand the bottoms of the drawer’s sides with medium-grit sandpaper if wax or drawer slide tape does not free the sticky drawer. Pay particular attention to any high spots you see. You want the bottoms to be as flat and even as possible. Sand a bit, then check the fit. Repeat as necessary until you get a good free fit. If you see thick paint around the edges of the drawer front, sand away the paint. Lubricate the drawer with wax if necessary.

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Drawers that stick and bind when you’re opening them are a pain. Luckily, newer drawer sets have features like plastic and metal sliders that rarely stick. Another perk of these materials is that when the drawers get stuck, a quick spray with a Teflon lubricant for plastic, or a water displacement lubricant for metal will unstick a jammed drawer in a snap.

Unfortunately, wooden drawers aren’t always that cooperative. Because lots of things can cause a wooden drawer to bind, the fix is rarely straightforward. You’ll first need to narrow down what’s causing your wooden drawers jamming before you can determine a solution.

Obstructions Blocking the Drawer

Start by taking out the sticking drawer and look to see if there is some kind of an obstruction or if the drawer structure is loose or coming apart. Your problem could be as simple as a protruding nail or staple, a loose drawer guide, a broken plastic corner guide, or even a piece of clothing stuck in the drawer track.

Any of these causes are easily addressed as once located; you just remove the drawer and fix the issue, whichever it may be.

Replacing Drawer Guides

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Drawer guides that are loose can be easily fixed. Remove any screws, and take the loose guide right off the drawer. Then spread some carpenters or wood glue on the drawer and the guide. Reattach the guide with the screws you just removed, and let the glue dry overnight.

Wooden Drawer Doesn’t Fit Right

Sanding

If you can’t find any obvious obstruction and your drawer still sticks, your next step is to sand the drawer. Take the sticky drawer out and turn it upside down. Use medium-grit sandpaper and a sanding block to remove some wood from the bottoms of the drawer edges. Work slowly, taking off a little at a time.

Test fit your work often to avoid sanding too much. The gradual pace and testing are very important. If you sand away too much, your drawer still won’t fit right, so avoid power sanders for this task.

Nylon Tape

Stores also sell nylon tape you just peel and stick onto the bottom edges of your drawers and drawer guide tracks. Once the slippery nylon is installed, you won’t need to lubricate your drawers with soap or wax ever again.

Be aware that depending on how tight the tolerances are in your furniture, you may need to sand the drawer edges to make enough room to install the nylon tape.

Prevention

Seal Moisture Out of Drawers

You can also prevent the wood in your drawers from swelling and binding by sealing both the drawers and the inside of your cabinets with polyurethane or paint. These will prevent moisture from getting into the open wood grain of your furniture and causing the wood to swell.

If you’re dealing with a drawer that has already ballooned shut from moisture and won’t budge, move it to an area where the heat and humidity conditions can gradually wick away the moisture so that the wood will shrink. Depending on how dramatically the wood drawer has warped, you may need to wait for the weather to turn for the necessary heat and dryness or consult a professional.

Lubricate Edges

No matter what caused the original problem, while you have the drawer out it’s a good idea to apply a lubricant to the drawer bottom and guides. Plain soap without added skin moisturizers, beeswax, or petroleum jelly rubbed on the drawer bottom will lubricate the surfaces and make the drawer slide easily. Lubricate everywhere the drawer touches the framework of the furniture, such as bottom edges and side guides.

A few months after I finished updating the Miss Matched yellow dresser for my bedroom, I noticed that the drawers didn’t slide as easily as they once had. Old wooden drawers have the tendency to stick and drag, so I didn’t worry too much about it. My “I’ll get to that one day” attitude about it didn’t help the problem, and four years later I was growing more annoyed by the day over having to twist and jerk the dresser drawers every time I wanted a pair of socks.

Earlier this week, I woke up and decided that today was the day to fix the sticky drawers. I looked into retrofitting the drawers with slides from Home Depot. I researched adding metal strips to the bottom of the drawers so that they would slide more freely. I was irritated that I was going to have to spend money to fix the problem. Then, I remember one of the oldest tricks in the DIY handbook – candle wax.

I took a cheap tea light out of its metal lining and rubbed it onto the bottom of the drawer were it comes into contact with the dresser frame. If you don’t have any tea lights or old candles, paraffin wax (if you are a canner) or a bar of soap (if you bathe) will also serve the same purpose. Hopefully, you participate in at least one of those two activities.

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Then, I rubbed the candle on the dresser frame. I made sure to lightly coat each surface that touched the dresser drawer.

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Within seconds, my dresser was sliding freely with no hint of the irritating sticking. The drawers now work better than they have in all the years that I’ve owned this piece of old furniture. Once they feel like they are sticking again, I’ll just do this little wax application to them again.

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Three cheers for a few seconds and cheap tea light candles (I bought at package of 100 for $3 at Ikea about 10 years ago – I have about 88 left)!

Have you ever used wax or soap to fix sticky drawers in old furniture? Any other tips or tricks? Please share them in the comments section!

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How to Fix Sticky Drawers

We have quite a few pieces of antique furniture in our house and that includes a couple of really nice dressers. This one in particular needs a bit of love, but it’s about 120 years old, and I’ve been using it for the last 34 years-ish, so I’d say it’s hanging in there pretty well. 🙂 It’s funny because I’ve always known about this trick for dealing with stubborn, sticky drawers, but for some reason, we just kept fussing with the drawers for years, pushing and pulling them back and forth every time we tried to open them to get them to go back in place properly. I finally added this teeny tiny, 2 minute task to my to-do list a few weeks ago on another dresser and of course, BAM, it worked like a charm. Dresser drawer problems solved! If you have sticky, fussy drawers on some of your antique dressers, here’s how to fix that!

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

First, start with a dresser that’s slowly driving you just a little bit crazy. Like I said, this dresser needs a bit of attention, but with the drawers now unstuck, at least it’s perfectly functional! Except for that broken handle that I need to fix!

… and the same goes for this corner of the room. 🙂 You can see we ripped the old baseboard heater off the wall when we installed the new flooring in here recently and we haven’t re-painted or put the new trim in yet. Oh, and you can see the reflection of the bare drywall on the other side of the room too. But it’s functional!

Next, grab a candle. Make sure it’s one that you aren’t too in love with. Bonus points if it’s a scented candle.

Pull out each sticky drawer, one by one and rub the side of the candle onto the bottom edges of the drawer, the parts that make contact with the dresser when you’re sliding the drawer in or out. You’ll probably want to get the bottom as well as the sides of the drawer if your drawer fits into your dresser really tightly.

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If you don’t want to scratch up the sides of your candle, try using the wax from the bottom rather than the side. You’ll probably still get a few marks, but they won’t be quite so noticeable. I just used the side because it seemed like I would get the best wax distribution that way.

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Slide your drawers back into place.

If you used a scented candle, your room will also smell nice and fresh for the next few days! Fun!

The wax from the candle coats the drawers and allows them to glide without friction really effectively. It’s amazing how often in life it turns out that the best solutions are the simplest!

If you have sticky drawers, do yourself a favor and try this trick out right away!

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Introduction: Fix Sticking Wooden Drawers

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How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Older wooden dressers don’t have modern day sliders. Sometimes they can be a pain to open and close freely. The drawers can bind and stick. This is a really easy hack that will save you loads of frustration every time you use your dresser. I’ve applied this to all my wooden dressers and works great!

All that is needed is a piece of candle wax or a bar of soap. I like using white candle wax as it’s not noticeable once applied.

Step 1: Steps

  • Remove the drawer completely that is sticking from the dresser.
  • Take the wax or soap and rub it on the “runner” where the drawer slides on.
  • Also rub some wax or soap on the drawer itself where the bottom slides on the dresser.
  • Put the drawer back in the dresser and test!
  • Repeat every few months if it starts sticking again.

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Here is a short video of the whole process and showing how well the drawer slides.

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Written on: July 14, 2020

Sticky and binding wooden drawers are one of life’s little aggravations. Lots of things can make a drawer stick – for example, nails screws or staples supposed to hold drawers together working loose, drawer guides or corners breaking or even just moisture in the air.

Fortunately, you can fix most of these problems and get your drawer back to sliding smoothly.

Determine what is making your drawer stick. Pull the drawer right out and look to see if the obstruction is apparent. Sometimes it’s as simple as a sock that has fallen out of the drawer onto the glides.

Check if the drawer structure is loose or coming apart. A loose staple, nail or screw can cause the drawer to ‘rack’ or get out of square and it will bind. Tighten loose fasteners or simply replace them with new ones (don’t put the new fasteners into exactly the same holes as the old ones).

  • Sticky and binding wooden drawers are one of life’s little aggravations.
  • Sometimes it’s as simple as a sock that has fallen out of the drawer onto the glides.

Repairing a loose drawer guide is a multi step process. First remove the guide from the drawer, then apply carpenter’s glue to both the guide and the drawer and reattach the guide. Let the glue set up overnight and then replace the drawer.

Broken drawer guides or corners can be replaced with new ones available at home and hardware stores or you can often make your own with small pieces of molding cut to fit.

Drawer still sticking but you can’t see any obstruction? Sanding the drawer should help. Use medium grade sandpaper (80 to 100 grit) and a sanding block (not a power sander) to sand the drawer edges and glides. Work slowly and check often to see if your drawer will slide easily

  • Repairing a loose drawer guide is a multi step process.
  • Use medium grade sandpaper (80 to 100 grit) and a sanding block (not a power sander) to sand the drawer edges and glides.

Apply paraffin or bees wax or even hand soap (just don’t use a soap containing extra skin conditioners) to the bottom edges and drawer guide tracks of your drawers.

Sticky nylon tape is available that you can just stick onto your drawer bottoms and guides. Once the tape is installed, you won’t need to use wax or soap to help your drawers glide.

Applying polyurethane or paint to the sides and bottoms of your drawers will stop moisture from getting into the wood and swelling it.

When I was moving into my current apartment, I had to store some of my things in my ex-roommate’s garage for over a month while I was getting settled. One of those things was my dresser. Upon moving it into my new place, I realized something was horribly, horribly wrong—none of the drawers seemed to fit quite right anymore (if they fit at all).

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The combination of the differences in temperature and humidity in the garage caused them to swell and change shape. Several months later, they fit better, but they still don’t slide in and out as easily as they used to.

A post by redditor tiny_tacos suggested applying carnauba wax to the tracks to make them easier to open and close. Carnauba wax is used in everything from automobile wax to furniture polish, and is common in paper coatings in the states.

Several commenters pointed out that any type of wax works, so I decided to try a few different things I had at home to see which had the best results.

Candle Wax

One of the most popular household items that helps with sticky drawers is a regular paraffin or beeswax candle.

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Just rub it against all the areas of the drawer where there’s friction when you open and close it, especially on the tracks and around the outside edges.

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I used a long votive candle, but if all you’ve got is a tea light, you can take it out of the little metal cup and use it the same way.

Wax Paper

Wax paper is most commonly associated with food preparation, but it’s coated in paraffin, so it will leave a thin layer of wax on wood. It works best if you fold it in half a few times before using it, otherwise it’s too easy to tear.

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Another option that most people have lying around is a bar of soap. Just give the bottom of the drawer a good coat (preferably a scent you don’t mind smelling often).

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Just know that you’re going to have shavings everywhere, and it’s probably best to use the cheap stuff since your bar of soap will end up looking like this:

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Verdict

After spending more time than I’d care to admit opening and closing drawers, I was surprised to find that the biggest difference was in the one I rubbed with wax paper. Both the candle and the soap left a thicker residue on the drawers, but the thin coating from the wax paper was just the right amount.

You can use just about anything you have that’s waxy or has a similar texture, like silicone spray or plain beeswax. If you don’t want to apply a coating, sometimes sanding the sides and runners will help drawers slide easier since wood chips and splinters can create friction.

Got a clever solution that’s not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below.

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High-end furniture drawers seldom stick because they glide on slick runners. In the kitchen or a treasured antique chest, however, there are drawers whose wood swells on foggy days or in the heat of summer so they bang and squeak their way in and out of their slots. Soaping wood runners may wear off in flakes or leave a gummy residue that dries the wood just as it does your hands. Treat swollen wood runners with paraffin, an old-fashioned solution in which the paraffin sinks into the surface to lubricate drawer runners for smooth operation.

Spread a few sheets of paper on a surface. Pull the drawer completely out of its case, and lay it on the papers. Check the edge of the drawer and the slides in the case to ensure that no splinters have formed along the drawer edges or wood trim that forms the slides. Lightly sand any rough edges — even tiny splinters catch and grow larger as the drawer is forced open or closed.

Warm a brick of canning paraffin at least to room temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit). A warm brick will work into the pores of the wood more easily.

Cut the brick in half or quarters if the drawer box is small, and wrap a piece of waxed paper around the end you will hold. The waxed paper provides a layer to protect against rough edges and splinters.

Rub the end of the paraffin block along both edges at least six times on each. Do not exert pressure, just move the block along the edges; this way, the paraffin wax becomes embedded in the wood.

Wax the drawer and its slides periodically — perhaps every two or three months — to keep drawer edges and runner surfaces lubricated and splinter-free.

Wooden drawers are quickly starting to fall to Enjoy Metal and plastic drawers in homes all across the world. The main reason for this is that wooden drawers have an awful tendency to stick when the humidity changes inside. There are a few simple ways to fix this, though, and the good thing about these tips is that they also apply for other things around the house – wooden doors and windows also stick from time to time, and can be helped the same way that drawers can.

Contents

  • 1 Steps
    • 1.1 Assessing the Cause
    • 1.2 Soaping the Sticky Drawer
    • 1.3 Fixing Kitchen and Bathroom Drawers
  • 2 Video
  • 3 Tips
  • 4 Warnings
  • 5 Things You’ll Need
  • 6 Related Articles

Steps

Assessing the Cause

  1. Make sure that the drawer is sticking due to humidity. This article is aimed at those occasions when humidity is causing the drawer to swell and stick. Obviously, if the culprit of the sticking is a loose screw or splinter, this won’t help and you’ll need carpentry repairs instead. If it turns out to be something else, simply remove the obstruction or mend it.
    • Check for loose parts or missing screws. If there are none, check for objects blocking the drawer.
    • If none of the first things seem to be causing the problem, look for swelling (bulging). There may even be moisture present. And consider the humidity levels of the room the drawer is in––anywhere near showers, baths, cooking areas, etc. are likely to have higher humidity than other parts of the house. Or, if you’re in a humid climate or season, the entire house may be humid, which will affect your furniture.

Soaping the Sticky Drawer

  1. Soap up the wood. Using very basic soap, (one without moisturizers or oils), soap the wood of the sticky drawers on the sides, slides and bottom side rails. This solution works very well most of the time. In the kitchen and bathrooms, however, where moisture is more common, the soap solution will only help for a very short period of time. This method is best for the doors and windows all across the house.

Fixing Kitchen and Bathroom Drawers

Kitchen and bathroom drawers require a bit more work, since the soap will not help much.

  1. Clean the drawers first. Wipe them down with a damp cloth, and try to remove all dust. (If you’ve been using the soap method, use a putty knife to remove the built-up soap.)
  2. Spray the drawers with a silicone-based lubricant. Like the soap, this is not permanent. The lubricant will, however, last longer, and it won’t build up as much as the soap will.
  3. Clean up! This is extremely important if you use the silicone-based lubricant. If you accidentally sprayed anything other than the drawers with the lubricant, clean it up as soon as possible! It will make the floors very slippery, and if you do not clean it up quickly, it will be nearly impossible to get out. (If you don’t trust yourself with the spray, put newspaper down before you spray anything at all.)

This article covers three of the most commonly found drawer and drawer-receptacle designs. There are others, but these tips and advice should be applicable to most.

Below, we’ll analyze the three common styles, and offer some possible solutions to eliminate the “sticky-situation”:

Drawer-slide design:
1. Drawer is of simple “box designed to slide inside another box”, with no “slide” hardware.
Solutions:
-Ensure wood has not become swollen; if so, sanding or planing may be required.
-Ensure contact surfaces are smooth; lubricate with paraffin or butcher’s wax or plain bar soap.

2. Drawer is equipped with mechanical “roller-track” type slide hardware, which slides into mating hardware inside the drawer receptacle.
Solutions:
-Ensure all mechanical hardware is securely attached to the drawer itself and to the inside area of the drawer receptacle.
-Ensure any “moving parts” actually do move.
-Lubricate with WD-40, lithium white grease or similar lightweight lubricant (minimal amounts required).

3. Drawer is equipped with a rear-mounted (plastic) slider bracket, and the drawer receptacle is equipped with a top, centered metal “slider-track”, as well as two small roller-wheels; one at each bottom corner of the drawer opening.
Solutions:
-Ensure center mounted track inside drawer receptacle is securely anchored.
-Ensure the plastic ‘slider’ attachment on the drawer itself is securely anchored and unbroken.
-Lubricate with Lithium white grease (small amount required).
-Ensure lower roller-wheels are securely anchored to the lower portion of the drawer receptacle area.
-Ensure lower roller-wheels are positioned so they allow the drawer bottom to clearly slide in and out of the opening.
-Lubricate with WD-40 (minimal amount required).

Preventive Maintenance (or…how to prevent recurrence of “sticky drawers”):

Again, depending on which drawer slide system is involved, preventing drawers from sticking is not too difficult.

Some wood furniture with drawers expands and contracts with changes of the seasons or other general atmospheric changes. So, if a wooden dresser or cabinet is stored in a damp area, and it is not equipped with mechanical “slide” hardware, it will very likely swell enough so the drawers will be very difficult to move.
-Obviously, storing wooden furniture of this type in dry areas is the best prevention method.
-There are also moisture-absorbing products available that may help minimize wood swelling from exposure to dampness. Place product inside or near furniture to maximize benefits.

On drawers with ‘mechanical-slide’ systems, the best preventive maintenance is to re-inspect, re-secure and re-lubricate a couple times each year.

I refurbished a small old dresser of my husband’s for our daughter. I sanded it, painted, and redid it all myself. Now the drawers stick. I can’t redo it she picked the colors herself and she loves it, but I don’t want her to get hurt trying to open it. What can I do without having to do it all over again?

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Get a bar of soap and slide it along the drawer edges.

Rub paraffin on the meeting parts of drawers to keep them working smoothly. You’ll find paraffin with the canning supplies in your local grocery store. In a pinch you can also use candles, bar soap or even dry spray lubricant.

i guess the first question would be – did the drawers work great before you started your project?

First thing to try – make sure that all of the drawers are in the correct spaces. They may all look the same, but they are not quite the same- one could be a bit warped or have a joint swollen from the moisture of the paint.

Try to determine the places where the drawers are sticking and just work on those areas first. Did you get paint on the underside of the drawer (where it slides/runs on the frame)? If so, maybe some sandpaper would help but be careful and place the drawer on something that will chip or scratch the paint. Lots of sticking drawers have been fixed with a little sandpaper in the right spot.
Tracking down the tight spot will be a first move and then if excess paint is not the problem, there are several thing you can try rubbing on the slides/runners. Paraffin, wax paper, candle wax, bar soap

Rub a bar of soap on the edges of the drawers.

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Sticky and binding wooden drawers can become one of the annoying things in your life. Every time you open them to pick or place in something, you have to put some extra effort to open them. In daily routine, it can really become irritating and you will definitely like to break it and replace it with a new one. There can be a number of causes behind sticky drawers in furniture.

For instance, the screws that were supposed to hold the drawers together get loose, or the corners of the glides break. Even the moisture present in the air can also make the furniture drawers to become sticky. If you face a similar issue, you do not need to get worried, as you can fix them easily. The only thing that you will need is attention to detail and focus during the repairing process. When you will be done with the whole process, you will find your drawer working smoothly, just like a new one. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your tools and start fixing sticky drawers in your home.

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Instructions

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The first thing that you will need to do is to check the drawer carefully. Examine if the bureau is off centre or twisted. In such case, you can just reposition the bureau and your problem is solved.

You can also exchange the problematic drawer with the other drawer in the bureau. Most of the times, it will solve your problem. If it does not, examine the area where the drawer slides in. If you find any nail popping out, just hammer it and the obstruction will be gone. In some cases, clothes or any similar thing can also cause obstruction in the way of the drawer. If that happens, remove the piece that is causing barrier.

If you do not find any obstruction, you can sand the drawer runners, before applying a lubricating agent on it. You can use paraffin, beeswax or bar soap for that purpose. In case of metallic runners, you can use lubricating oil after cleaning the runners with a dry rag.

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If any corner of side is loose, you can fix it by using wood glue. Make sure you reinforce the joint by using a corner clamp. Do not remove the clamp until the glue gets dry.

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You can also sand the side of the drawer to make it move freely on the runner. However, use this method as the last resort, as it will alter the side of the drawer on permanent basis.

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Whether it occurs in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom, opening or closing drawers that won’t close right can be pretty annoying. Drawers that fall out don’t have a mechanism to stop them; therefore, if you pull them out too far, they will fall. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix this.

To fix a drawer that falls out, you need to install a stop block at the rear of your wooden drawer or you can repair or replace the metal slides. All the materials you will need are a drill, screws, a block of wood, pencil, and a screwdriver.

Although most modern cabinets and dressers come with drawers that operate on steel or nylon rollers, there are those that still use the traditional wooden drawer runners. Regardless of the type of drawer slides, you can still fix your falling drawers. Read on for the simple techniques that can help you with this issue.

Fixing Wooden Drawer Tracks

Drawers on many old dressers, wall units, and cabinets run on wooden slides. Unfortunately, this low-tech system doesn’t have a mechanism that can stop drawers from falling. If your drawers run on wooden tracks, follow these steps to stop them from falling:

1. Remove the Drawer

Start by completely removing the drawer from the closet or dresser. Stand in front of your piece of furniture and pull the drawer with one hand on each side. If it gets stuck halfway, don’t force it. Instead, tap the sides of your drawer gently from left to right then pull it out. To ensure that the wooden sticking drawers open smoothly, you can use a special nylon tape or a little paraffin to lubricate the sticky surfaces.

2. Make a Drawer Stop Block

Purchase or cut a block of wood about 1.5-by-2-by-5 centimeters (½-by-¾-by-2 inches) long. Drill an off-center hole through the block of wood ¾-inches (2-centimeters) from one end. Make sure that the hole’s diameter is similar to that of the screw you’ll use later. Repeat the same procedure to make as many stop blocks for all drawers in your home.

3. Set the Stop Block

Determine where you want to install the wooden stop block and mark the spot with a pencil. Screw the wood block into the marked part at the drawer’s rear panel, with the block inside the drawer. Ensure that the pre-drilled hole is at the bottom of the block, and screw the block with a long screw, which can pass through it without sticking on the other side.

Allow about 1.5 centimeters (½-inch) of the upper part of the block to emerge above the drawer’s lip. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screw just enough to hold the block securely in place, but loose enough to rotate around the screw.

4. Insert Back the Drawer

Turn the block to a horizontal position to allow you to insert the drawer back. Ensure that no part of the block is protruding above the drawer’s panel. Then, partially slide back the drawer into the cabinet or dresser. Push it just far enough that the drawer catches on its rollers, but you still have enough room to stick your hand inside and access the block. Rotate the block of wood 90 degrees back to the vertical position and completely slide out the drawer.

5. Test Whether Your Stop Block Works

Once the stop block is in place, your drawer should stop when you pull it out. The block of wood will catch the cabinet’s frame and prevent the drawer from coming out. Repeat this procedure to fix all other falling drawers in your house.

Buy Premade Plastic or Metal Drawer Stops

Instead of making your own wooden drawer stop block, you can purchase a plastic drawer stop or premade metal stop block from a local hardware store or order from Amazon. However, remember to check where they will hit inside your furniture.

Fixing Metal Drawer Tracks

Metal glides are a common type of drawer slide, and it’s most likely that your furniture uses this technology. In most cases, loose screws in the running and broken metal glides are the main cause of falling drawers. To prevent your drawers from falling out, follow these steps:

1. Remove the Drawers

Stand in front of your furniture and gently slide the drawer open. In case it gets stuck halfway out, tap both sides of the drawer to release it. You can also rub some paraffin or apply nylon tape to the meeting parts of the drawer. Remember to remove all contents from the drawer.

2. Tighten the Screws

Use your screwdriver to tighten any loose screws in the runners of your drawer and the dresser or cabinet. If necessary, reach all the way to the back of the dresser to tighten the screws. You may also have to replace any skewed screws.

3. Replace Broken or Worn Out Slides

If your runners are worn out, broken or non-functional, you may want to replace them with new ones. Old or worn-out drawer hardware may be the cause of your collapsing drawers.

However, this is an easy fix, and all you have to do is to purchase a similar model, make, and length. Most likely, the runners on your cabinet won’t be damaged, which means you will only need to replace the slides on your drawer.

To learn more on how to replace broken or worn out slides, watch this video:

4. Fit the Rollers Back

Use both hands to hold the drawer up. Tilt the front part of the drawer to an angle of 30 degrees and locate the small slots on the left and right side of the dresser runners. You will see small rollers on both ends of the metal runners. Carefully slide the rollers on the back of the drawer into the slots on your cabinet or dresser runners.

5. Slide the Drawer Back

Slant the drawer back to the runners until it enters the slots on your dresser. Once the drawer is on the same level as the runners on the furniture, ease the drawer back. If you experience any difficulties fitting the rollers back into the slots, gently wiggle the drawer back and forth until the rollers engage the tracks on your dresser, and then slide the drawer in.

Replace the Drawers

While standard drawers are designed to be durable, they are not built to take punishment. Therefore, if they’re slammed or forced, they can break. If they just come apart, you can glue them back together. However, if the sides of the drawer split or the dado break from the bottom, you will have to replace your drawer.

Bottom Line

Drawers play an essential role in our homes – they hold various items and allow easy access. However, you can yank them out if they don’t include a stopping mechanism or if they’re broken.

Pulling drawers out of your cabinet or dresser can be annoying and also hazardous. Therefore, it’s important to install a stop block and repair or replace the metal glides to prevent your drawers from falling out.

Armed with a drill, screws, a block of wood, a pencil, and a screwdriver, you can create your own stop block, or you can choose to purchase a plastic drawer block on Amazon or a nearby hardware store. The block of wood will act as a stop mechanism for drawers with wooden runners. On the other hand, if your drawers use metal tracks, you can tighten the screws to fix the falling runners or replace the runners altogether.

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Opening sticky drawers and cupboard doors can be very frustrating. Especially when you’re in a hurry of if it’s a drawer in a common area which you need to have access to daily. Sticky drawers can also be dangerous. Imagine trying to force a drawer close and then getting your finger in the way. Ouch! If you’ve had enough and just want your drawers to glide easily and cupboard doors open and shut better, try these tips:

Soap it up

All you need is basic soap, the ones without moisturisers or oils. Simply soap the wood where the drawers get stuck, as well as slides and bottom side rails. This solution works very well most of the time. In the kitchen and bathrooms, however, where there is more moisture, the soap solution will last for a very short period of time. However, this method works for the doors and windows all across the house.

How to Fix Sticky DrawersCandles can be used to fix sticky drawers and cupboards.

Use a candle

Regular paraffin or beeswax candles can also help with sticky drawers. All you need to do is just rub it against all the areas of the drawer where there’s friction when you open and close it, including on the tracks and around the outside edges. You can use a long votive candle, but if all you’ve got is a tea light, you can take it out of the little metal cup and use it the same way.

Get some wax paper

Although wax paper is most commonly associated with food preparation, it’s actually very useful for fixing sticky drawers. That’s because wax paper comes coated in paraffin, which will leave a thin layer of wax on wood. Take some wax paper and fold it in half a few times before using it, otherwise it’s too easy to tear. Use the same method you would with candles: Rub it against all the areas of the drawer where there’s friction when you open and close it, including on the tracks and around the outside edges. Easy!

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When it comes to furniture quality, solid wood is some of the most well-made furniture on the market. But one of the drawbacks of solid wood furniture is that after time, environmental conditions often make it so that moving parts get creaky or hard to maneuver. Especially with antique furniture that has been around for many years – maybe even in many different environments, some adjustments are required to ensure you have perfectly functional furniture.

Dressers and desk drawers are most commonly where we see these problems occur because drawers create a good amount of friction when opening and closing. When they don’t smoothly slide open, it can be very annoying; but luckily there are some simple fixes that can cure your sticky drawers and get them sliding smoothly.

For the quickest solution, remove the drawers and rub paraffin wax on the edges that glide over one another. You can find paraffin wax in the canning section of your local grocery store. Or, use an old candle stick in a pinch. The wax solution should work well for dressers and desks that are lightly used.

For a more permanent solution, apply a nylon drawer slide tape to the contact edges. Woodworking stores or home improvement stores should carry these types of tape usually in half-inch by ten feet increments. The tape will not stick to surfaces that have been previously waxed or surfaces that are dirty, so start by lightly sanding the area and then remove the dust. Applying the tape is as easy as cutting it to size and peeling off the plastic to reveal the adhesive strip.

Be sure to give your drawers a few tries to make sure you’ve covered all of the contact surfaces.

Don’t let that stuck drawer aggravate you on a daily basis; find the problem and fix it once and for all.

Step 1: Remove the drawer

Remove the drawer. Pull it out until it stops, then lift up the end and pull it a little bit more. This should release the drawer from its glides, also known as tracks. On some ready-to-assemble drawer units, you may have to turn a screw or a tab along the side of the drawer before you can remove it.

Step 2: Put the drawer back

Put the drawer back. If it slides right back in, the drawer had simply gone off the rails and is now fixed.

Step 3: Check the glides

If the drawer still sticks, remove it and take a close look at the glides. If they are bent or misshapen, use pliers to reshape them until they provide flat, straight tracks for the drawer to slide on.

Step 4: Fix glides

See if one or both of the glides was installed crookedly. If so, reinstall them so that they’re straight and parallel. If necessary, buy new glides at the hardware store; just make sure to measure beforehand so you get the correct size.

If your drawer does not use a glide and simply slides wood-on-wood, try un-sticking it by rubbing a candle or a bar of soap on both the bottom of the drawer and the wooden track it slides on.

Step 6: Shave it

Still not gliding properly? Run a block plane along the top edges of the sides to shave off a little wood. Remove only a little at a time and keep re-testing the drawer until it slides smoothly.

Step 7: Repair the box

If the actual box of your drawer is broken, you can repair it with glue. If there is a crack in the wood, apply the glue, realign the crack, and use a clamp or heavy object to keep pressure on it until it dries.
If the joints of your drawer are coming apart, remove the old glue before applying new glue.

Step 8: Replace the handle

Before putting away your tools, check the handle on the drawer. If it’s broken, simply unscrew the old handle and replace it

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Lindsay chronicles her projects, design ideas, and lifestyle tips here at Makely, where she shares tutorials and inspiration. Her DIY designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color.

Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma), and dogs (Duke and Jill). She plays roller derby for the Rockin’ City Rollergirls out of Round Rock, Texas.

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Opening sticky drawers and cupboard doors can be very frustrating. Especially when you’re in a hurry of if it’s a drawer in a common area which you need to have access to daily. Sticky drawers can also be dangerous. Imagine trying to force a drawer close and then getting your finger in the way. Ouch! If you’ve had enough and just want your drawers to glide easily and cupboard doors open and shut better, try these tips:

Soap it up

All you need is basic soap, the ones without moisturisers or oils. Simply soap the wood where the drawers get stuck, as well as slides and bottom side rails. This solution works very well most of the time. In the kitchen and bathrooms, however, where there is more moisture, the soap solution will last for a very short period of time. However, this method works for the doors and windows all across the house.

How to Fix Sticky DrawersCandles can be used to fix sticky drawers and cupboards.

Use a candle

Regular paraffin or beeswax candles can also help with sticky drawers. All you need to do is just rub it against all the areas of the drawer where there’s friction when you open and close it, including on the tracks and around the outside edges. You can use a long votive candle, but if all you’ve got is a tea light, you can take it out of the little metal cup and use it the same way.

Get some wax paper

Although wax paper is most commonly associated with food preparation, it’s actually very useful for fixing sticky drawers. That’s because wax paper comes coated in paraffin, which will leave a thin layer of wax on wood. Take some wax paper and fold it in half a few times before using it, otherwise it’s too easy to tear. Use the same method you would with candles: Rub it against all the areas of the drawer where there’s friction when you open and close it, including on the tracks and around the outside edges. Easy!

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Drawers that stick and bind when you’re opening them are a pain. Luckily, newer drawer sets have features like plastic and metal sliders that rarely stick. Another perk of these materials is that when the drawers get stuck, a quick spray with a Teflon lubricant for plastic, or a water displacement lubricant for metal will unstick a jammed drawer in a snap.

Unfortunately, wooden drawers aren’t always that cooperative. Because lots of things can cause a wooden drawer to bind, the fix is rarely straightforward. You’ll first need to narrow down what’s causing your wooden drawers jamming before you can determine a solution.

Obstructions Blocking the Drawer

Start by taking out the sticking drawer and look to see if there is some kind of an obstruction or if the drawer structure is loose or coming apart. Your problem could be as simple as a protruding nail or staple, a loose drawer guide, a broken plastic corner guide, or even a piece of clothing stuck in the drawer track.

Any of these causes are easily addressed as once located; you just remove the drawer and fix the issue, whichever it may be.

Replacing Drawer Guides

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Drawer guides that are loose can be easily fixed. Remove any screws, and take the loose guide right off the drawer. Then spread some carpenters or wood glue on the drawer and the guide. Reattach the guide with the screws you just removed, and let the glue dry overnight.

Wooden Drawer Doesn’t Fit Right

Sanding

If you can’t find any obvious obstruction and your drawer still sticks, your next step is to sand the drawer. Take the sticky drawer out and turn it upside down. Use medium-grit sandpaper and a sanding block to remove some wood from the bottoms of the drawer edges. Work slowly, taking off a little at a time.

Test fit your work often to avoid sanding too much. The gradual pace and testing are very important. If you sand away too much, your drawer still won’t fit right, so avoid power sanders for this task.

Nylon Tape

Stores also sell nylon tape you just peel and stick onto the bottom edges of your drawers and drawer guide tracks. Once the slippery nylon is installed, you won’t need to lubricate your drawers with soap or wax ever again.

Be aware that depending on how tight the tolerances are in your furniture, you may need to sand the drawer edges to make enough room to install the nylon tape.

Prevention

Seal Moisture Out of Drawers

You can also prevent the wood in your drawers from swelling and binding by sealing both the drawers and the inside of your cabinets with polyurethane or paint. These will prevent moisture from getting into the open wood grain of your furniture and causing the wood to swell.

If you’re dealing with a drawer that has already ballooned shut from moisture and won’t budge, move it to an area where the heat and humidity conditions can gradually wick away the moisture so that the wood will shrink. Depending on how dramatically the wood drawer has warped, you may need to wait for the weather to turn for the necessary heat and dryness or consult a professional.

Lubricate Edges

No matter what caused the original problem, while you have the drawer out it’s a good idea to apply a lubricant to the drawer bottom and guides. Plain soap without added skin moisturizers, beeswax, or petroleum jelly rubbed on the drawer bottom will lubricate the surfaces and make the drawer slide easily. Lubricate everywhere the drawer touches the framework of the furniture, such as bottom edges and side guides.

August 19, 2020 By Sambit Koley

Sticky Notes are very handy when it comes to taking a note quickly or to set a reminder to do something later. But sometimes Sticky Notes can make your life harder due to various bugs and glitches. In this article, we are going to discuss how to fix the majority of these types of problems of Sticky Notes. If you are facing any problem in Sticky Notes (like, Sticky Notes is not opening or it is stalling after some time), try these easy fixes and the problem will be solved pretty quickly.

Fix-1 Repair Sticky Notes-

Repairing Sticky Notes is the best option for you if you want to fix the issue without losing any note.

1. Press Windows key+I to open the Settings window. Click on “Apps“.

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2. In the Settings window, click on “Apps & features” on the left pane of Settings.

3. Now, scroll down through the right side of the Settings window, type “Sticky Notes” in the search box.

Sticky Notes will appear in the search result.

4. Click on “Sticky Notes ” to select it and then click on “Advanced options“.

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5. In Sticky Notes settings window, scroll down and then click on “Repair” to repair Sticky Notes.

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Wait for a while as this process will take just a minute.

Close Settings window.

Open Sticky Notes and try to create a new note. If the problem still bothers you, go for the next fix.

Fix-2 Use Powershell to remove and install Sticky Notes-

Uninstalling and installing Sticky Notes may help.

[Important- Uninstalling and installing Sticky Notes will remove all the data from Sticky Notes, which means all of the notes will be gone. If there is something important, please make sure to back it up before proceeding further. ]

1. Press Windows key+X and after that, click on “Windows Powershell (Admin)“.

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Powershell window will be opened.

2. To remove the Sticky Notes package from your system, copypaste this command in PowerShell window and then hit Enter.

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Remove-AppxPackage

Sticky Notes will be uninstalled from your computer.

Close Powershell window.

3. Open Microsoft Store again on your computer.

4. Now search for the “Sticky Notes“.

5. Click on “Microsoft Sticky Notes” in the search result.

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6. Now, click on “Get” to install Microsoft Sticky Notes again on your computer.

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Wait for a while as the latest version of Sticky Notes will be installed on your computer.

Your problem should be solved.

Fix-3 Reset Sticky Notes-

If nothing is working for you, then resetting Sticky Notes will surely help you to start fresh.

[Note- Resetting will remove all the data from Sticky Notes. If there is anything important, make sure to back it up somewhere safe.]

1. Press Windows key+I to open the Settings window. Click on “Apps“.

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2. In the Settings window, on the left pane of Settings, click on “Apps & features“.

3. Now, scroll down and click on the Search box search for “Sticky Notes“.

Sticky Notes will appear in the search result.

4. Click on “Sticky Notes” to highlight it and then again you need to click on “Advanced options“.

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5. In Sticky Notes settings window, scroll down and then click on “Reset” and you will get a confirmation tab, click on “Reset” to reset Sticky Notes on your computer.

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Close Settings window.

Open Sticky Notes and create a new note. Check if the error still bothers you or not.

Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.

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Fix Sticky Keyboard Keys: MacBook laptops have been popular for their sleek lightweight body. The keyboard buttons touch soft supple. Though in most cases it’s not good to interrupt computers, sometimes some issues can arise with your laptop, asking you for the solution. MacBook’s sticky keyboards are one of such situations.

The sticky keyboard of the MacBook can be caused due to any reason, like oily fingers or spilling of food, etc. Whatever the reason maybe it gets very irritating while you type. You don’t want a sticky or keyboard not working when you are writing something important like an email to the boss, Right?

Clean Sticky Keyboard Keys on MacBook

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Here in this article, we have mentioned the solution to the problem. Make your typing flawless by cleaning and fix sticky keyboard in the following manner.

Things you will need for cleaning up your keyboard

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paper napkins
  • Cotton swabs
  • Heavy-Duty Spudger
  • A cup or a bowl
  • Toothpick
  • Dish Soap
  • Spudger

Turn off your computer

Before you start the cleaning process, the first thing you should do is to turn off your computer. Tap on the apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of your computer screen. Select the “shut down” option from the down menu.

Take q-tips dip it in rubbing alcohol

After your computer is turned off it’s time to clean some dirt around your keyboard keys. Take q-tips dip it in rubbing alcohol. Remove the excess rubbing alcohol so that it doesn’t drip around the keys.

Make sure the Q-tips are damp, use q-tips to wipe around each sticky key. Use multiple q-tips and remove the dirt around each key of the keyboard.

Use Toothpick for Dirt Particle

Alcohol does a lot in removing the stickiness on and around your keyboard, but what about dirt particles inside the keyboard. Over a period of time dirt particles gets accommodate inside keyboard which may also interpret in keyboard functioning. To clean this dirt and crumbs you will need a toothpick.

Check if your keyboard is clean or still sticky

Now check if your keyboard is clean or still sticky, if the stickiness still prevails, continue reading for more solutions mentioned in the below steps.

Use a Spudger

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Now for more advanced cleaning, use a spudger or other similar tools that can pry up the sticky keys. To do so, insert the spudger underside of the key and slightly lift up, use your fingers to twist the key off. Not that you use blunt and gentle tools and not a sharp tool like a knife and keys to avoid damages.

Removing the Keys

While removing the keys, you will notice that plastic pieces coming out along with the keys. If this is the case don’t worry as it can be easily placed back. Also if one carrier is out, remove the second one too and align them and push them together.

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You will know if it properly places when you will hear a clicking sound. Now place the carrier in the spot on the keyboard where it came off and press firmly into place

Using a Soap Solution

Clean up removed keys by using a soap solution. Take a bowl and prepare a soap solution in warm water. Place all the keys inside the bowl, and soak the keys for 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the Dirt Account

Using q-tip and rubbing alcohol once again remove the dirt account, clean the keyboard as mentioned in step 2.

Wipe out the keys using paper napkins

After 10 minutes remove your keys from the bowl. Wipe out the keys using paper napkins and leave then for few minutes till it completely fries up.

Place keys where they belong

Now when keys are completely dried up, align keys and put them at the required place. Push the keys firmly and then move your finger side to side until you hear a double clicking sound.

Conclusion

So these steps to clear out the stickiness of your MacBook keyboard. So don’t have any interruption and enjoy flawless writing. Do let us know if you are facing issues like these, connect to us through the comment section below.

In the vast majority of cases, following the steps listed above will fix the Sticky Macbook keyboard keys and get your keyboard back up to tip-top shape.

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I sanded and painted a dresser with several coats of 100% acrylic paint, namely, these paints:

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The paint job turned out good, with one issue. After 4-6 weeks of drying, the paint is still slightly tacky. That is a problem, because when I put a significantly weighted object on top of the dresser and leave it on for a while, it ‘peels’ off. If I leave it for long enough, I am sure the paint will completely peel off along with the object.

The reason for the tackiness could be for a variety of reasons (I probably didn’t allow enough time to dry between coats, and I probably put the coats on too thick) but I am more concerned about how to fix it so that the top of the dresser is not sticky anymore. Short of restripping it and starting over, what are my options?

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It’s called “blocking” and often happens w/latex paints – especially if the 1st coat wasn’t allowed to dry fully before the second coat was applied. It’s not much of an issue on walls, but horizontal surfaces are a different story.

The ultimate solution is time – possibly a few months. The inner coat’s moisture is blocked from evaporating by to outer coat. It will slowly wick through the surface over several weeks.

You might be able to reduce the stickiness by spreading some fine talcum powder on the surface, then lightly vacuuming it off – but TEST in an unobtrusive area, first, because if it’s too sticky, you could end up with permanent, visible, dust built into your paint job.

You may be able to speed the process by blowing warm (not hot) air across the surface for several days (hot air can cause the paint to peel). This can open the pores in the paint to allow slightly more rapid evaporation, but a lot depends on what paint you used, how much moisture is trapped in the undercoat, etc.

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Hi ! Try rubbing a wax candle along the runners on the sides of the drawers !

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Thanks. I have done that

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Buy some real Bee’s Wax from a hardware store. Warm it slightly, then liberally apply to the drawer slides, or bottoms, top edges and sides of drawers if no slides exist.

I use furniture wax works great.

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Depending on the rollers. If it,s aluminum or another metal use silicone not wd40 which creates dirt. Silicone spray especially great for sliding doors like on the patio.

WD 40 or Lithium grease, both can be at home improvement stores or auto parts stores.

A wooden drawer that sticks can be a constant source of annoyance. Luckily, help is at hand. If you want to find how to fix wooden drawers that stick, follow our simple guide to stop this problem.

Try a Lubricant

You might find that simply lubricating the drawers will be enough to get them moving again. Try rubbing paraffin or WD-40 onto the areas where the drawers meet and you may find that this is an effective solution. However, you don’t have to restrict your repair to using these materials because most lubricants will do.

Try Candle Wax

You can try rubbing candle wax, using wax paper rubbed over the area or even hand soap as a temporary repair. All of these can be surprisingly effective and can be carried out using common household materials that you may have lying around. Olive oil, vegetable oil, or even butter may be enough to free up a sticking drawer, although we don’t recommend you do use butter, or you will find it smells once it becomes rancid! Still, we hope you get the idea that practically any lubricant can be used to free up a sticky drawer

Try Drawer Sliding Tape

For a longer-lasting repair, or if the above tip does not work, you can apply drawer sliding tape to the parts of the drawer that rub together. Drawer sliding tape or nylon adhesive tape is on sale from any hardware store and is not expensive.

Your first step to applying the tape is to prepare the area by cleaning it and removing any grease or residue. It is a good idea to sand it down so that your wood can accommodate the tape and that it sticks to it with perfect adhesion. You might want to vacuum clean the drawer tool to remove any dust. As with all DIY projects, good preparation is key to success and these tips on how to fix wooden drawers that stick is a perfect example of this simple rule.

Once you have prepared the area, stick the adhesive tape to the edges of the drawer so that when they meet, the surface is smooth and can slide.

Learning how to fix wooden drawers that stick is basic common sense. However, you do have to take this simple job seriously. If your tape does not stick to the drawer or you fail to cut it to size properly, smear butter on the joints or do any other crazy idea like this, a botched repair will only make the problem worse. Once you have repaired one wooden drawer, it is surprising how often you may be tempted to fix wooden drawers that stick when you are visiting family or staying in accommodation elsewhere such as motels or guest houses.

Whether your cabinets and drawers are difficult to open or won’t stay closed, you can fix them with a little attention.

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How to Fix Sticky Drawers

Kitchen cabinets take a lot of daily use and abuse. Over time, they develop a range of problems, from doors not closing correctly to drawers that won’t open. Here’s how to fix them.

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Most cabinet doors now use European hinges that are hidden inside the cabinets to provide a clean, sleek look. They also make adjusting the doors simple. All it takes is turning a specific screw or two to raise or lower the door so it’ll be flush with adjacent doors, to move the door closer or further away from the cabinet face frame, or to make doors horizontally and vertically level.

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As long as the drawer and the roller slides are not damaged, the fix is straightforward. Remove the drawer from the cabinet, then wipe the rollers and slides with a clean cloth to remove any debris or buildup. Make sure all of the screws on the slides are tight. Then apply a dry lubricant to the slides and wipe off any excess. The dry lubricant leaves a dry film instead of an oily residue that collects dust. Reinsert the drawer, then open and close it several times to spread out the lubricant.

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This is a common problem for silverware drawers, or others that have to carry a lot of weight. Over time, the drawer slides wear out. If you have wimpy slides with plastic rollers, replace them with heavy-duty models that use ball bearings. They offer a much smoother gliding motion and support more weight. Prices start at $10 for a pair rated at 75 lb. Before you shop for slides, determine if you need side-mount, center-mount or under-mount versions. You’ll also need to know the size of the drawer.

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Because they’re subjected to constant pushing, pulling, and grabbing, handles and knobs frequently come loose. The obvious fix—tightening the screws—is good short-term solution. But eventually they’ll twist loose again. A permanent fix is to use a thread adhesive such as Loctite 242 that will keep the knobs or handles tight, but still let you remove them later if necessary.

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Regardless of the hinge type you have—European, surface-mounted, semi-concealed or something else—they can come loose over time, causing your doors to sag or fail. One direct cause of this could be that your screw holes for the hinges are stripped. If so, you’ll have to fill the holes before you can tighten the screws and get everything back where you want it. Start by removing the hinge. Then fill the hole with toothpicks dipped in glue. Once the glue is dry, cut off the toothpicks flush with the cabinet and re-install the hinges.

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With all the cooking and frying that goes on in the kitchen, grease gets splattered onto cabinets and steam leaves a film on wooden surfaces. As a result, cabinets end up feeling grimy and losing their luster.

Happily, the same method for cleaning greasy dishes also cleans cabinets. Mix a couple tablespoons of a grease-cutting dishwashing detergent, like Dawn, in a bowl of warm water. Dip a sponge or white cloth into the mixture and scrub the wood surface clean. For stubborn stains, mix baking soda or borax with water and wipe it onto the problem area. Avoid using scouring pads since they can scratch the wood. Finally, rinse the cabinets with clean water and then wipe them dry with a clean cloth. To restore the wood’s shine, apply a wood cleaner or polish.

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The jarring sound of a cabinet door slamming shut is bad enough, but this problem can also be a gateway to others: When doors repeatedly slam against the cabinet face, the force and vibrations can cause hinges to come loose and doors to get knocked out of whack.

Soft-close hardware is available for doors and drawers that replaces the current hinges or drawer sides, allowing for soft, quiet closings. You can also buy soft close adapters, starting at $2.15 each online, that attach to the inside of the cabinet face frame. Right before the door closes, it engages the adaptor, which keeps the door from slamming shut. For a cheap solution, buy self-adhesive bumpers that cost $2.30 for a 16-pack at home centers. Stick them on an inside corner of a door to keep wood from smacking against bare wood.

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Sometimes you end up with a stubborn door that just refuses to stay closed. It may like to stay open just a couple of inches or so, or it may swing open all the way after you try to close. Either way, the fix is the same: Attach a magnetic catch to the cabinet rail or stile, then screw a magnetic plate to the door corner opposite the catch. The magnetic pull will hold the door closed. Kits start at $1 at home centers.

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The fix is easy—use a touchup stain marker to fill in the scratch. A marker costs about $6 at home centers, and the stain dries in a matter of minutes. The tough part is finding the right color to match your finish. In fact, you may not be able to find an exact match, but with so many marker colors available, you’ll come close enough that no one else will notice.

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If you’ve got a real gash, or a chunk of wood missing, you’ll need to fill in the problem area with epoxy filler or epoxy paste. Once it hardens, the epoxy acts like real wood, which means it can be sanded smooth and then painted or stained. A 6-ounce can of wood epoxy paste costs about $14 at home centers and hardware stores.

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

You’ll have to take the corner apart before making the repair. Scrap off any dried glue and remove any fasteners that remain on the disassembled corners. Then re-glue the corner pieces using a couple dabs of wood glue and put the pieces back together. You’ll need a clamp, or to use a brad gun to pin the corners together until the glue dries. If the other corner looks at all damaged or shows signs of coming apart, now is a good time to fix that one, too.

How to Fix Sticky Drawers

This symptom should tell you that the drawer is carrying more weight than it can support, and it’s only a matter of time before the bottom literally drops out. At this point, just removing the heavy items won’t fix the problem. Instead, reinforce the drawer by adding a layer of plywood over the existing bottom. Cut the plywood to size, squirt on some wood glue, and press the old and new bottoms together.

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Sometimes if you remove the drawer and use the wax of a candle on the track, it makes it roll smoother. (Beeswax is, historically, the standard)

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A wooden drawer that sticks can be a constant source of annoyance. Luckily, help is at hand. If you want to find how to fix wooden drawers that stick, follow our simple guide to stop this problem.

Try a Lubricant

You might find that simply lubricating the drawers will be enough to get them moving again. Try rubbing paraffin or WD-40 onto the areas where the drawers meet and you may find that this is an effective solution. However, you don’t have to restrict your repair to using these materials because most lubricants will do.

Try Candle Wax

You can try rubbing candle wax, using wax paper rubbed over the area or even hand soap as a temporary repair. All of these can be surprisingly effective and can be carried out using common household materials that you may have lying around. Olive oil, vegetable oil, or even butter may be enough to free up a sticking drawer, although we don’t recommend you do use butter, or you will find it smells once it becomes rancid! Still, we hope you get the idea that practically any lubricant can be used to free up a sticky drawer

Try Drawer Sliding Tape

For a longer-lasting repair, or if the above tip does not work, you can apply drawer sliding tape to the parts of the drawer that rub together. Drawer sliding tape or nylon adhesive tape is on sale from any hardware store and is not expensive.

Your first step to applying the tape is to prepare the area by cleaning it and removing any grease or residue. It is a good idea to sand it down so that your wood can accommodate the tape and that it sticks to it with perfect adhesion. You might want to vacuum clean the drawer tool to remove any dust. As with all DIY projects, good preparation is key to success and these tips on how to fix wooden drawers that stick is a perfect example of this simple rule.

Once you have prepared the area, stick the adhesive tape to the edges of the drawer so that when they meet, the surface is smooth and can slide.

Learning how to fix wooden drawers that stick is basic common sense. However, you do have to take this simple job seriously. If your tape does not stick to the drawer or you fail to cut it to size properly, smear butter on the joints or do any other crazy idea like this, a botched repair will only make the problem worse. Once you have repaired one wooden drawer, it is surprising how often you may be tempted to fix wooden drawers that stick when you are visiting family or staying in accommodation elsewhere such as motels or guest houses.

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