How to Unstick a Drawer From a Warped Dresser

Fluctuations in humidity or exposure to water can cause dressers to become structurally warped. The structural changes often cause drawers to stick or not function properly. While you can't fix a warped dresser, you may be able to fix its stuck drawers.

  1. Remove stuck drawer by prying it open with a small screwdriver or butter knife. Empty drawer, turn it over and inspect it.
  2. If the bottom of the drawer has bowed, remove it and reattach it upside down. If no bowing is apparent, add more nails to secure the bottom or hammer in any nails in that appear to have loosened.
  3. Run a lubricant such as candle wax, paraffin or soap along drawer runners, located under the drawer, if the dresser has them. Sand runners if lubrication doesn't work.
  4. Replace drawer in dresser.

Things You Will Need

  • Lubricant (such as soap or wax)
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sandpaper

About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.