How to Stop Drawers From Pulling Out

Drawers are designed to pull out but shouldn't pull all the way out and fall. Older furniture and cabinets drawers often rode on a center track that allowed the drawer to be pulled out, but it didn't stop the drawer from falling. This problem is corrected with a stop block. This is a simple wood device that is attached to the inside back of the drawer and will block the drawer from easily falling forward and out. The stop block can be turned to allow the drawer to be fully removed when necessary.

You can easily install a stop block in your old drawer.
  1. Cut a wood block that is 1/2-by-3/4-by-2-inches.

  2. Drill a hole in the block that is centered and 1/2 inch from one end.

  3. Screw the block to the rear of the drawer so that 1/2 inch of the block is above the back board of the drawer. Tighten the screw enough that the block stays in place but loose enough for you to turn the block horizontally with your fingers.

  4. Slide the drawer into the cabinet or chest with the block horizontal. Reach into the drawer and turn the block vertical. This will block the drawer from pulling out.

About the Author

F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.