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Can You Get Replacement Kitchen Drawer Boxes?

Can You Get Replacement Kitchen Drawer Boxes?

Did you know that you can give your cabinetry a makeover without breaking the bank? Often, we tolerate drawers that stick or require some finagling to open, simply because replacing entire cabinets can be costly and complex. However, opting for custom-size kitchen drawer boxes can offer a more economical and straightforward solution to these common frustrations.

Frequently, drawer issues arise from damaged slides or deteriorating drawer boxes. Identifying the root cause and finding the right solution is key. Let's explore how you can diagnose the problem and find a fix.

Drawer Boxes and Drawer Fronts: Understanding Anatomy and Configuration

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To effectively address any issues with your drawers, it's crucial to grasp their structural anatomy. Typically, drawers come in two primary configurations, each with its unique characteristics and implications for maintenance and replacement.

  1. Separate Drawer Front and Drawer Box Configuration: In this configuration, the drawer front is distinct from the drawer box itself. The drawer front is affixed to the front of the box via screws or other fasteners, while the box houses the drawer's hardware such as slides or glides. This setup allows for easy removal and replacement of either component without affecting the other.
  2. Drawer Box and Front Combination: Alternatively, your drawer may feature a unified construction where the drawer front acts as the fourth wall of the box. In this arrangement, the front is an integral part of the box's structure, providing stability and support. Replacing components in this configuration may require additional steps, as alterations to the box or front may impact the overall integrity of the drawer.

Utilizing Salvaged Components:

As you embark on your drawer maintenance or replacement journey, consider salvaging any components that are still in usable condition. Even if certain parts need to be replaced, such as drawer boxes or fronts, repurposing salvaged materials for DIY projects can be a budget and eco-friendly solution. Whether it's crafting storage organizers, decorative elements, or furniture enhancements, there's a myriad of possibilities to breathe new life into old drawer components.

By understanding the anatomy and configuration of your drawers, as well as the potential for salvaging components, you're equipped to tackle maintenance and replacement tasks with efficiency and resourcefulness.

Separate Box and Front: Easy Replacement Process

When your drawer features a separate drawer box and drawer front configuration, you're in luck as the replacement process is straightforward and hassle-free. Here's a detailed look at how you can tackle various replacement scenarios:

Refacing the Drawer:

1. If you're looking to give your drawer a facelift, it's as simple as unscrewing the existing front and attaching the new drawer front. This allows for quick and effortless updates to the drawer's appearance without the need for complex adjustments.

Upgrading Drawer Glides:

2. Upgrading to undermount drawer glides for smoother operation? No problem. Remove the old glides and install the new ones with ease, enhancing the functionality of your drawer effortlessly.

Transitioning to Dovetail Drawer Boxes:

3. Say goodbye to traditional plywood boxes and hello to the durability of dovetail construction. Replacing your old box with a new dovetail drawer box follows similar steps- remove the front and hardware from the old box and attach them to the new one. However, ensure that the sizes match to avoid the need for additional adjustments. If size changes are necessary, such as switching to side mount slides, minor modifications may be required to ensure a perfect fit.

Box and Front Combination: Additional Considerations

If your drawer features a drawer box and drawer front combination where the front acts as the fourth wall of the box, the replacement process may require a bit more effort. Here's what to consider:

Hardware Replacements:

1. If hardware issues are causing problems, replacing them is relatively straightforward. Simply swap out the old hardware for new ones to restore functionality.

Replacing Front or Box:

2. When replacing either the front or box in a combination setup, additional steps are involved. To replace the front, trim the faux "fourth wall" to align it flush with the rest of the box. Then, reinstall the box in the cabinet with the former front now serving as the back. Finally, attach the new drawer front onto the former back of the box.

Replacement Challenges:

3. Unfortunately, if the box itself needs replacement, you may encounter challenges. You'll need to either order a similar style drawer box or purchase separate drawer front and box components for the job, ensuring compatibility and a seamless fit.

By understanding the nuances of your drawer's configuration and replacement options, you can confidently tackle maintenance and upgrades, ensuring your drawers operate smoothly and look their best.

How to Accurately Replace Your Drawer Box

Once you've identified what needs replacing, it's time to place your order. Precise measurements are crucial to ensure a perfect fit. If you have the drawer box and front combination, you'll need to measure for a new drawer front. Although this may seem challenging, it's similar to measuring for custom cabinet doors.

To do this, measure the opening of your cabinet box, then adjust based on whether you prefer inset or overlay cabinets. For detailed instructions, refer to our door measuring guide.

How to Measure for A New Drawer Box

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If you need to replace just the drawer box and it is separate from the front, start by removing the hardware and front from the box. Then, gather a measuring tape, pen, and notepad. Record your measurements to the nearest 1/8th inch in width x height x depth format.

For a replacement box of the same size, measure each dimension from the outside. If the new drawer box needs to be a different size, you'll need to measure the cabinet box opening and do some calculations. Measure and record to the nearest 1/8th inch in width x height x depth.

Ensure you check the hardware manufacturer’s recommendations for clearance, which is typically around 1” for the depth, ¾” for the height, and, if you have ½” walls on your drawer box, ⅝” for the width. Verify these clearances with the manufacturer of your slides or glides before ordering. For more detailed instructions, refer to our drawer box measuring guide!

Choosing Material and Construction for Drawer Box

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Now that you have your measurements, it's time to order your new drawer box. At CabinetNow, we offer two construction options and five material choices:

Your material choice will depend on your kitchen's current materials and your specific needs for the drawer box. For construction methods, we offer dovetail and dowelled options. Dowelled construction is a budget-friendly option that meets most needs, while dovetail construction provides superior strength with interlocking joints.

Consider the amount, weight, and organization of the items you will store in the drawer to make the best choice. To learn more, watch our drawer box video on YouTube for a detailed overview.

Final Steps to Fixing Your Drawer

Now you're ready to tackle that problematic drawer. The key to a successful replacement kitchen drawer box is measuring your box or cabinet at least twice. Mistakes can easily happen, and incorrect measurements can result in wasted time, materials, and money. If you’re unsure about any measurements, it’s wise to seek professional advice.

For assistance with ordering or measuring, contact us at 1-855-669-5222 or email Our team of cabinet experts is ready to help you every step of the way.