(Closed) question about fixing a dresser

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The short answer is yes if you want to spend $$$. It would be cheaper and easier to buy a different dresser. If you are determined though I know an Amish man who makes rails to fit.

Post # 4
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You can if there is space between the drawer and the sides for the tracks to sit. It needs about 1/2″ usually (but you can measure tracks at stores and find out). You also need somewhere inside the drawer to mount the brackets, so check to see if the drawers slide into a spot with wood supports on either side that go from the front of the drawer to the back.

Post # 5
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

you can add rolling tracks, but they often require space and some custom fitting, If you are going to refinish it and there is the proper space the cheapest way to do it is to find a cheap dresser at a thriftstore of the same depth and take the rollers out (I have done this for one or two drawers before but never a whole piece)

The other option, which isn’t rollers but will give you the illusion of rollers is teflon. You can buy teflon strips (they are usually white or grey plastic that is very slippery) and secure it to the bottom of the drawer and to the bracket that holds the drawer up where they touch. Usually along the whole distance, but I have seen it done with jus pieces on one side and the whole distance for theother side.

The drawers will slide and you won’t have to resize them to make it work. just something to think about.

Post # 6
46401 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

An even simpler temporary fix is to take an old candle and coat the bottom of the drawer and the wood rail with wax. You may have to repeat this once a year or so, but it only takes a minute.

Post # 7
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My husband has a dresser that nearly every drawer wouldn’t open correctly at some point. I fixed it in minutes. I took each drawer out, hammered in the nails/tacks to be sure each drawer was solid and then ran a cheap votive candle along the top and bottom of each drawer to wax them up and everything worked fine.


Before you start putting the rollers in, you may want to take each drawer out and check the interior for broken pieces of wood that are getting in the way or glue/sap buildups. Chances are that if you give the inside dresser and the exterior of each drawer a sanding, you may not need put the roller in. If every drawer is getting stuck, then the whole piece might be warped out of alignment.

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