Ask our slide experts about your telescopic or linear slide problem
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I would like to pull drawers out of a 1m deep bay in the wall
Accuride has several stock slides of 1m in length. It is important that you consider that the width of the drawer and load are both important when selecting the correct slide.
We presume that you need a full extension slide so that you have full access to the drawer. Both the 5321 and 9300 series slides are sold in long lengths. We also stock some very heavy duty aluminium slides, but we feel that these may be too large for this type of project.
Also consider any additional features that would be useful for this application, for example, soft-close, lock-in and out, and mounting options.
I am making some drawers to fit beneath a bed that I’ve made. Each drawer will be approximately 60cm wide x 71cm deep x 15cm high and will store clothes. Are there advantages to the 3/4 versus full extension slides? Also, if the drawers are 71cm deep do I need a 71cm long slide or will using a 65cm or 70cm work OK?
The decision to go for partial extension versus full extension is down to the type of access and the available space around the bed. If full access is important then go for the full extension slide type. If the space available around the bed is restricted or you do not need full access, then the partial extension slide may be the option to go for. They will both perform well in this type of application.
Providing the drawer width does not exceed the slide length, the available slide lengths of 60 cm, 65 cm or 70 cm will all be suitable. With the shorter length slide some access to the back of the drawer will be lost due to the shorter travel. If access is the important criteria, then go for the 70 cm option.
Where on the drawer side should I mount the slide - middle, top or bottom?
We have found, through tests and experience, that the optimum position is between 1/3 and 2/3 distance from the base of the drawer. Therefore the ideal position is on or just below the centreline as illustrated.
This will give you maximum stability for your drawer project.
However there are many and varied ways to mount drawers on slides; see our good and bad options on page 170 of our latest catalogue.