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This is one time when you don’t want to estimate – accuracy is key. Removing the drawer may require some manipulating. Most drawers will require that you fully extend the drawer, then lift up and it will come right out. If that doesn’t work, guide the drawer so it is mostly extended, then lift the back of the drawer to pop the wheels out of the guides. If neither of those options work, it may be necessary to use a screwdriver to remove the wheels from the guides.
Since the front face of the drawer works to stop the drawer from entering the cabinet, it should not be measured. Start at the back of the box and measure to the front of the box without including the face of the drawer. Once you have the length, round the number down. For example, if the drawer is 20 ½ inches long you will need to purchase 20 inch drawer slides.
If the difference in the width of the drawer and the width of the opening is within 1/8 inch, you can use full-extension guides. If they measure less or more than 1/8 inch, you need to use bottom-mount guides or do a little carpentry work to make the drawer work with the new slides.
Premature wear on the drawer slides may have been caused by improper installation or because of a poor design. Smaller slides may have been used to avoid rubbing an interior part of the cabinet. If this is the case, you will need to use smaller slides as well to avoid the same issue.
You may be confused, but it’s a pretty sure bet that the person selling the slides will know how to measure your drawer and can provide you with slides that will fit perfectly.