We bought two of these dressers about 3 years ago from JC Penney. The kids have
We decided we would switch out the crappy glides for some nicer ones and just live with the scratches. It would really be pointless to get new dressers when I KNOW my kids would quickly ruin the finish on them as well.
Anyway, I took pics of the process of installing the new glides. I hope I can explain it well enough for you to be able to do it too. There are FAR too many dressers out there that come with these nasty useless things:
Here are the new glides we bought at Home Depot. I think they were about $15 per pair. Buy the length that most closely matches the side dimension of your drawers without going over.
See those beautiful little balls? That is what makes these glide so smoothly!
Ready?? OK, here we go!
1. Remove all the crap from the drawers and remove the drawers from the dresser. Duh!
2. Use a screw driver to take off the old glides from the drawers and the inside of the dresser. Throw them in the trash because they are WORTHLESS!
3. Now, you need to figure out where you are going to mount the new glides. I think you want the glide to be about in the middle of the side of the drawer. It does not have to be perfectly in the middle. What you want to do if find the middle, and then decide on an even measurement from the top of the drawer front. So, if the middle of the side of the drawer is 4.694859" from the top of the drawer, you should go with 4.5", understand? You want to make it easy for you to measure this over and over again on your drawers.
SO, my measurement was 4.5". Measure 4.5" (or whatever yours is) from the top of the drawer face and put a mark with a sharp pencil. Then use your triangle to make a line down the side of the drawer that is perpendicular to the face of the drawer. Do this on each side of each drawer, making sure to measure from the top and measure accurately. When you use a triangle to draw a line, you don't place the triangle right ON the tick mark you made. If you do that, your line will be a pencil lead thickness AWAY from the actual measurement. What you do is place the tip of your pencil on the tick mark and THEN place your triangle up against it and then draw your line. (Remember, I have a degree in interior design so I know how to use these tools:))
|pretend the pencil line isn't drawn yet and you can see the mark above 4.5 better:)|
4. Take apart the glides. There is a little black plastic lever that releases the 2 pieces from each other. The smaller piece is going to attach to the sides of the drawers. Place the piece on the line. Make sure you have it going the right direction so that the end that slides into the big part first is at the back of the drawer. Line up the glide so that the pencil line is perfectly centered in the screw holes. Place it flush up against the face of the drawer.
|Doesn't my husband have nice hands???|
Oops, no picture...image my husband screwing in the screws:)
7. Now, its time for the dresser part. Lay the dresser on its side so you can work on it easily. Here's where its gonna get a little tricky. You need to figure out where to put the big part of the glide on the inside of the dresser. You don't want to use the same measurement because then the top of the drawer face will only come up to the top of the opening and it won't cover the hole well enough. so, you need to see how big your drawer face is in relation to the opening. So let's say the drawer face is 9" tall. And let's say the opening is 8" tall. This means you will have an inch to work with and could have 1/2" above the opening and 1/2" below it. However, it is more likely that your opening would be like 8.5" or 8.75", which gives you less room to work with. Mine was very tight, so I only gave myself a 1/8" difference in the measurement so the drawer face is 1/8" higher than the opening for the drawer. If I had made it bigger than that I was afraid the opening would show at the bottom of the drawer. This is hard to explain. I hope I am making sense. So, for me, I measured down from the top of the opening 4 3/8" (or 4 1/2" MINUS 1/8") and made a mark. You will have to determine what yours needs to be. If you can make it more like 1/4" that would be ideal. For some strange reason the opening ended up just barely showing on the bottom drawer of both dressers. Still baffled by that, but oh well.
|Again, pretend the line isn't drawn yet and you can just see a little tick mark at 4 3/8"|
9. Now, use your straight edged ruler to extend that line back into the dresser, making it as long as the glide. Make sure to make allowance for your pencil lead. Try to be very accurate.
10. Take the big part of the glide and place it on the line. Place it so that the front of it (or the end that would fit back with the parts you put on the drawers) is flush with the front edge of the dresser. Now, open it up so that you can get to the screw holes. Meaning, extend the inner piece out. If you have it the right direction it will extend towards the front of the dresser and not the back. Center the pencil lines on the screw holes. Mark them with your pencil.
|See how the glide is opened?|
13. Place your dresser upright and slide your drawers in. Congratulations! You now have a dresser that actually functions!
14. Replace all the crap back in the drawers:)
Do you have a decent dresser with crappy glides you would like to try this on? Let me know how it goes!
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