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Drawer runners being secured to the inside of a kitchen cabinet using a power drill

Overview

Runners make your drawers easier to open and close, and give them the strength to be completely open, even when they are full. We show you how to screw runners on to drawers and install them in the cabinet. You will also see how runners fit together and how to take them apart. 

Tools and materials

Steps

1Install the runners on the cabinet

Fully extend the drawer runner, release the plastic catch and remove the draw guide. Now close the runner and hold it over the pre-drilled holes inside the cabinet. The front edge of the runner should sit slightly back from the front of the cabinet. Screw the runner into place. Now repeat the process with a second runner on the other side of the cabinet. Then slide both runners in and out to make sure they run freely. 
Drawer runners being secured to the inside of a kitchen cabinet using a power drill

2Install the drawer guides

Line up the drawer guide with the bottom and front edges of the drawer. Screw the drawer guide into place. Then do the same on the opposite side of the drawer. To finish, slide the drawer guides into the drawer runners. Gently push the drawer past the plastic catch in the runners. To finish, slide the drawer in and out to test that it works properly.
Drawer runners being drilled into the bottom of a cabinet drawer

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.