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The Fundamentals of Cabinet Drawer Repair: When To Replace Your Cabinet Drawer

The Fundamentals of Cabinet Drawer Repair: When To Replace Your Cabinet Drawer

In the first quarter of 2021, Americans spent about $350 billion on home renovations. People renovate their homes for various reasons, including regular maintenance, property sale and changing tastes. The kitchen and bathroom are popular rooms to redo. A common item to upgrade in both rooms is the cabinets and drawers. If yours are broken, is it time for a cabinet drawer repair or replacement? We can help you determine when to let your old cabinet drawers go.

To get started, head over to your cabinets in question with a flashlight. It can be difficult to notice some types of damage in low light, so be sure that you have a properly lit room, and then the flashlight will help you when you go to look inside the cabinet. Take your time as you inspect each part of your cabinets. While no one hopes to find problems, it can often lead to a larger issue if problems are ignored or missed.

Water Damage May Call for Cabinet Drawer Repair

Odds are, your cabinets are made of wood. When wood is exposed to water, mold and mildew can grow. When out of control, mold can not only compromise a structure, but it is also a hazard to your health and wellness. Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia may be associated with mold growth. If you notice bubbling or your drawers feel soft to touch or pressure, it may be time to replace the whole cabinet. Cabinets exposed to severe water damage cannot be fixed.

Remodel Plans Could Include Cabinets

Drawer fronts

A plan to remodel is a good reason to think about replacing or repairing your drawer front or cabinet box. However, if you want to change the entire aesthetic of your kitchen or bathroom, you may want to do a complete overhaul. Think about how old your drawers are and whether they still function like new. Cabinet drawer repair is not always worth the time or effort.

Low-Quality Materials Will Not Work for Cabinet Drawer Repair

Low-grade materials tend to break over time. For example, the drawer may begin to come apart at each side. While you can glue the four sides back together, replacing the drawer may be more efficient to avoid it happening all over again. Low-quality materials can also bend or break. The drawer might be difficult to push or pull along the rails. It may feel like it no longer fits in the cabinet. Premium cabinets last longer. Expect to have your cabinets for years to come when you pay attention to the quality of materials.

Watch Out for Bowed or Broken Wood

When the bottom of the drawer breaks or when the sides split, it is no longer salvable. Some drawers begin to bow over time. Once they start to bow, it rarely stops. You are likely to be unable to shut your drawer entirely if you ignore it. When choosing new drawer boxes, you should look for sturdy materials that stand up to the test of time.

Is it Worth it to Remodel?

Modern Lancaster Thermofoil drawer front

One reason the kitchen in particular is a popular room to remodel is because it can have a fairly strong return on investment. This means that you may be able to recoup a portion of the costs when it comes time to sell. Even better, homeowners who spent less on their remodels were able to recoup a higher percentage than those that went for the dream kitchen remodel. However, you should note that the exact return on investment you will see depends on the work done, your local area, and the local housing market.

It can be helpful to contact a local real estate agent to get a good idea of your local market and the types of renovations others are doing. The last thing you want to do is spend big bucks on a major kitchen remodel if the demand is not present in your area.

Let CabinetNow Help You With Your Home Renovation

Shaker cabinet doors

Get rid of your broken, old cabinet drawers before they become worse. Not only are broken drawers an eyesore but also not functional. It is more simple and more cost-effective to invest in a replacement than to worry about cabinet drawer repair in many cases.

If you are struggling with getting started, or you have a list and are ready to talk style and material, feel free to give us a call at 1-855-669-5222 or an email to Our well-trained sales staff can help you with everything from measuring to ordering.