How to Remove Dresser Drawers

Old dressers often have drawers that simply pull right out on side-mounted slides, but newer ones, made from about the mid-20th century onward, usually have side tracks or glides and stops. These opening stops keep drawers from coming out of the dresser body or case and crashing to the floor -- or possibly on your feet. Unlike desk or kitchen drawers that typically lift off roller-style hardware or tracks, dresser drawers can be a bit complicated to remove, but only until you know how.

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Step 1

Pull the drawer out as far as the stops allow.

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Step 2

Examine the tracks along the bottom edges of the drawer sides. Look for stops or small tab-like latches that you can either push in, push down or push up to "unlock" the drawer from its track.

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Step 3

Stand in front of the drawer. Grasp the bottom with each hand near a track stop. Use your thumbs or pointer fingers to depress the tabs. Pull out the drawer.