Bottom of drawer sagging is a national issue. This type of issue you may find when you purchase a cheap or non-solid materials drawer. It can be quite frustrating when the problem stays for a long. When you don’t take any action to fix sagging your drawer bottom, then this issue has completely destroyed your drawer.
So, what is the solution? Fixing a sagging drawer depends on the drawer’s materials and how badly damages your drawer is. If it cracks or is broken, then you will solve the problem using thicker plywood. Similarly, you can use reinforce the bottom with a brace or use a square wood molding.
Are you interested in going through step-by-step guides to fixing your sagging drawer bottom? If yes, you can read out the following process. Luckily, these are not very ticky tasks to do, so you can easily do it by yourself and restore your drawer from sagging issues.
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How to Fix Sagging Drawer Bottom (2 Different Methods)
I bought a drawer at a very cheap price, and after 2 months, I noticed that the drawer is sagging and it really sucked. But I have used the following 2 methods, and each of the methods works for me. I used 2 methods at a different time. So, let’s check out each of the methods with step-by-step guides.
Method 1: With a Thicker Bottom You Should Replace the Thin Bottom
This is the first and complex method than the other three methods. In the very beginning, I would like to share with you this method because it is the toughest task but easy to do. You don’t need to apply any kinds of tools to fulfill the project.
So, let’s complete the method following step by step process.
Step 1: Disassemble the Drawer & Remove Drawer Bottom
First of all, you need to separate the flimsy bottom from your selected drawer. It may ask you to disassemble the whole drawer.
However, if you are the person who put together your furniture after buying it, then you should simply involve reserving that process to complete your first step.
Go step by step to disassemble each of the drawer’s joins and put the drawer apart one piece at a time. If you are still confused to understand how to figure out it, you will follow the instruction you will get with your furniture.
Step 2: Dimension and Cut Out a New Bottom Panel from Your Plywood
To change or replace the bottom to avoid sagging from your drawer, you should use new plywood (Try to collect stable and well-size plywood). In point of my view, a 1/4-inch sheet is a good size for a bottom.
After measuring, lay down the plywood: place natural or original bottom on the top of the drawer. Finally, cut down the plywood to replace the bottom.
Step 3: Use Sandpaper to Smoothen the Bottom Panel
To avoid ending up the bad smell in your elements or cloth or whatever you put in the drawer, I suggest you use plywood with sandpaper for your drawer bottom panel. If you want, you will do it later because this step is not mandatory.
Step 4: Widen the Dadoes (Sensitive Step)
This is a very sensitive task which you need to do carefully. Make sure that you don’t take too much material from the grooves. It is easy for you if you use a table saw. Make the dadoes wide enough so that they can fit with the new bottom without being too loose.
Do it both front and back of the drawer.
Step 5: Reassemble the Drawer
If you already have done the above steps properly, then it is time to reassemble each of the parts of the drawer. Whatever the new bottom should fit snugly into the dadoes grooves. Now, you can reassemble the drawer bottom to avoid sagging easily.
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Method 2: Use Brace to Hold the Bottom of the Drawer in Place
This is an alternative solution for you to fix sagging from your drawer. But you need to collect some tools to complete this method without moving here and there.
What are the tools? These are also known as sagging drawer repair kits.
- A drill
- A saw
- Two metal corner braces per day
- A length of timber
Step 1: Cut the Support Timber (Measure perfectly)
First of all, you need to measure the width of the drawer. Cut out a similar size piece of timber so that it can easily position underneath and drawer bottom. Note, the timer should not go beyond the laser part of your drawer.
Step 2: Secure Your Timber Underneath the Drawer
This step is only for preparing to complete the next step. You must secure the supporting timber in the right place which you selected. You can use masking tape for a temporary hold.
Step 3: Drill Your Brace on The Inside of Your Drawer
Now, you have timber in position. First, place the two corner brace on the inside of the drawer directly above which you may discover two opposite ends. To install it perfectly, you can use a big teddy corner brace.
Second, use your drill, which you already have collected into the timber beneath. You may see the front-facing screw; you should ensure that its width matches with length. However, the process is simple to do.
Step 4: Completely Fixing the Sagging
Assemble your drawer back into its place. Your drawer is now sagging free, and you can keep your cloth or other elements on this drawer without any issues.
FAQs (Frequently Ask Question)
Q: How to fix the sagging chest of drawers?
A: To fix a sagging chest of drawer, you may use two methods thicker plywood, or you can also use a brace. Both are workable and easily capable of fixing sagging from your chest.
Fixing the sagging is not much complex. The above two methods are for your drawer and suitable for all of your DIY projects. I have outlet two methods to fix the sagging drawers so that you can enjoy the method and solve your problem.
As a bonus, if you are not much skilled and always fear doing this type of project, then you can buy a quick fix for the faulty drawer. On the other hand, you can also hire a professional person to complete your task.
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