How to Measure for Drawer Glides

If you have drawers in a piece of older furniture then those drawers may not have drawer glides attached, and you probably have noticed how much harder those drawers are to open than the drawers in new pieces of furniture that do come with glides attached.

If you have an old piece of furniture in which drawer glides need to be installed for smoother opening, then you will need to know how to measure for drawer glides so that you are able to purchase the right size drawer glides to be installed.

Measure your drawer box from side to side and then measure the cabinet drawer opening from side to side. There must be an inch clearance, meaning the drawer opening measures 1 inch larger than the drawer for mechanical drawer glides to fit.

Measure your drawer box from front to back, not including the face of the drawer box.

Purchase the drawer glide that is the same measurement as your drawer box. If no drawer glides are the same as your drawer box, then purchase the glides that are the next size down.

Do not purchase drawer glides larger than the measurement of your drawer box; otherwise the drawer may not close completely.

Measure your drawer box from side to side and then measure the cabinet drawer opening from side to side. There must be an inch clearance, meaning the drawer opening measures 1 inch larger than the drawer for mechanical drawer glides to fit. So, if the drawer didn't previously have these then you need to check these measurements.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape Drawer

About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.