Cabinetry drawers carry a lot of weight and must hold up to high usage. Consider how often you open a silverware drawer; they need to be built to last!
- Drawers must be constructed of all-wood to hold up to rigorous use.
- Plywood should be used for drawer bottoms to withstand content weight.
- The drawer box should have four sides. Some manufacturers build a three sided drawer with the drawer header acting as the fourth. This compromises the drawer box strength.
- Quality drawers are assembled with dovetail joints on all four corners for maximum strength. Drawers constructed with glue and staples will not last.
- The inside of a drawer should be surfaced with melamine for easy cleaning.
- Better quality drawer glides fully extend the drawer so that all contents are accessible.
- Soft close drawer glides are preferred, fully closing with just a nudge.