Fixing the Drawer that your Kid(s) Just Broke

So the Dashing Son, has a trundle bed, with a set of three drawers at the bottom. In his infinite 6 year old wisdom, he decided that he needed to see if there were anymore socks in his sock drawer. He did this by pulling the drawer half way out, and leaning on it to get all the socks to slide to the front. This resulted in the slide rail to become detached from the support. Thanks son, I appreciate it. Luckily, when the Dashing Daughter is sleeping as the stay at home dad, I have time to fix this when he is at school (or summer camp).

Broken Sock Drawer

Broken Sock Drawer

This is a fairly simple fix. It is really simple if you don’t care about the drawer being level. You can just slide the drawer back in the spot and it will be fine, not great, but fine. I should also point out, that I attempted to screw the slide rail back in place and found that my son’s actions managed to pull the screws out of the wood. So when I put the screws back in, they just spun around, never tightening. So the following instructions detail how I fixed this issue.

Inside the spot for the drawer. You can just slide the drawer into the spot, it will rest on this board. It won’t be perfect, or slide well, but it will work

Inside the spot for the drawer. You can just slide the drawer into the spot, it will rest on this board. It won’t be perfect, or slide well, but it will work

First, make sure you get all hardware out from under the bed or dresser. Then figure out which way is up on the slide rail. The easy way is to find the side with the bigger screw holes, the head of the wood screws sits down in this hole so the drawer does not catch on them. Also, the smooth side (as opposed to the side with the indentation) goes on the bottom.

Bottom of the slide. No recessed holes

Bottom of the slide. No recessed holes

Top of the slide. Notice the recessed hole? The screws go into these

Top of the slide. Notice the recessed hole? The screws go into these

Second, figure out which way the front of the slide rail, which is the pointy end. The pointy end points out.

Third, an easy way to fix the stripped out hole is to use wood glue. You can use white glue (the normal Elmer’s glue, but wood glue is best. Put something down to protect the floor or the stuff in the drawer below the broken drawer. To protect the floor (yes the floor is dirty, I don’t vacuum under the bed), I just threw down some Kleenex. Put a small dollop of glue on top of each hole.

Elmers Wood Glue - like the white stuff, but for wood

Elmers Wood Glue – like the white stuff, but for wood

Put the wood glue into the holes.

Put the wood glue into the holes.

Fourth, put one screw into the front hole of the slide rail, and place the slide rail on the support board, aligning the screw into the hold on the board. Tighten the screw, just a little bit, then place the other screws into the rail and into the board. This may take some finagling, but once you get the screws in, tighten them down, but not too tight.

Done - the tissues are there to prevent glue getting on the floor.

Done – the tissues are there to prevent glue getting on the floor.

Let everything dry, and try to tighten the screws a little bit more, then re-insert the drawer. That should do it, and remind your kid not to lean on the drawers like that.  Another day (and a drawer) saved by the stay at home dad.

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