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How To Install Cabinet Drawer Boxes

How To Install Cabinet Drawer Boxes

You can buy the best premium cut plywood cabinet boxes, but if you do not install your drawer boxes correctly you will end up with uneven spacing and crooked placements.

Not to worry, in this article CabinetNow has curated these detailed steps and tips for installing drawer boxes with glides on your cabinets to ensure your drawers will turn out beautifully and you will get your money’s worth!

Before You Install: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Before installation, you will need to take precise measurements for your drawer boxes, then you will be able to measure for your drawer fronts. Our motto is measure twice, cut once because once we have your exact measurements, our job is to cut them precisely and ship it directly to you. Once you have your drawer boxes measured out, then you will be able to measure for drawer fronts.

If you need assistance with measuring, please fill out our custom cabinetry request form to get connected with a designer who can help you from measuring to ordering. If you are already working with a designer, please reach out to them if you have any questions.

Installing Drawer Boxes

Once everything is measured, our premium cut drawer boxes are equipped to begin the installation process.

Tools Needed:

  • Standard drawer glides with rear mount brackets
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Level

Step 1: Attach Drawer Glides To Drawer Boxes

drawer glides on drawer box

The first step is to attach the drawer glides to either side of the drawer box. Standard drawer glides come with two sets of two glides (so 4 in total): one set gets attached to the drawer and the other set gets attached to the cabinet box. Each set of glides have lefts and rights which is something to keep track of when you are placing the glide on the drawer box.

When attaching the glides to the drawer, the wheels go in the back and the front lines flush with the front of the drawer box. Using a screwdriver, you will screw the glides on the drawer box through the holes in the glides. To ensure durability, add a couple screws on either side.

Step 2: Add Brackets To Back Of The Drawer Glide

brackets on drawer glides

Now take your other set of drawer glides to attach to your cabinet box. This set of drawer glides should come with rear mount brackets that will help you mount onto the back rail of the cabinet box. Slide these brackets on the back of your glides.

Step 3: Attach The Drawer Glides To Cabinet Box

how to install cabinet drawers

Once you have your brackets on the end of the drawer glides, you will align the front of the drawer glide with the front of the face frame of the cabinet box. Using your screwdriver, the front of the drawer glide gets screwed to the face frame flush at the front and resting on the lower rail. The back of the drawer glide containing the bracket, will get screwed into the back rail of the cabinet box. The Wood Magazine has a great demo video of installing standard drawer glides to your cabinet box.

Tip: Use a level to help position the back bracket. If you need to adjust the back bracket you can use a screwdriver to help position it more evenly.

Step 4: Slide Your Drawer Box Into Your Cabinet Box

drawer box

Once all the glides are installed, you will push the drawer in place and check that the front is flush with the frame. If needed you can adjust the bracket at the back using a screwdriver. Once the glide is properly adjusted, tighten up the screws!

Now You Can Add Your Drawer Fronts!

drawer fronts

Once the drawer boxes are installed, now you can install your drawer fronts. If you are ready to start ordering please contact us for a free quote and design consult!