How to Remove Drawers With Self-Closing Glides

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Power drill with screwdriver attachment

A handy feature included in many modern kitchens are drawers with self-closing glides. On the outside, these drawers seem like any other type of drawer. The reason for their popularity, however, becomes evident when a drawer isn't closed all the way. When that happens, the self-closing glides kick in, finishing the job of shutting the drawer. Whether to repair a bad drawer or to replace it, you can remove drawers with self-closing guides.


Step 1

Open the drawer and pull out as far as possible. Remove anything stored inside the drawer and set aside.

Step 2

Look on the side of the drawer glides for retention screws or clips. Some self-closing guides use these to hold the drawer in place on the gliding tracks. Remove screws by unscrewing with a screwdriver. Pull out clips with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

Step 3

Make sure the drawer is extended to the fully open position. Lift the front of the drawer.


Step 4

While lifting the front of the drawer, pull it forward. You should be able to feel the drawer rollers glide along the self-glide tracks.

Step 5

Once the back of the drawer has cleared the cabinet, lift it off the tracks.

Step 6

Remove the self-closing door tracks, if desired, by loosening the screws holding them in place inside the cabinet with a screwdriver or power drill and screwdriver attachment.



Nathan McGinty

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.