How to Adjust Cabinet Drawer Runners

Because cabinet drawers are used constantly, drawer runners are often damaged which makes it hard to open or close a drawer. In order to adjust them back to their normal settings, you need to have the following materials with you.

Repair Materials

  • Epoxy Glue  
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • New Runners (if required)

Step 1 - Identify the Kind of Runners

Pull out the drawer to identify the particular runner that was used in it. If they are made of wood, you need to replace them with metal or plastic runners. Loosen all the screws and remove the runners.

Step 2 - Identifying the Problem

For metal or plastic runners examine all screws and parts that are attached to determine if the problem lies with the screws or if the runners are broken or bent. Usually you only need to tighten some screws to fix it. If it is the runners, go to step 3.

Step 3 - Fixing the Runners

Locate the bend in the runner and gently mold it back to a straight line. You can glue broken pieces together with the epoxy. The epoxy has to be mixed first and setting the glue may take a few hours but if the treatment does not suffice, take the drawer runners to your local hardware store to find the appropriate replacement.