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09-22-2020 09:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dresser drawers depth

So, I’m making two chests of drawers, 50”t by 30”w by 19”d. I’m getting ready to order the drawer slides, and I’m curious, is there any commonly accepted reason most of the drawers I have seen are around 13”? While looking at other dressers and chests, I noticed that most drawer depths are around 13”, even though the cabinets are deeper. I was hoping to use almost the full depth possible, about sixteen inch drawers. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 09:29 PM

Measure the inside clearance, (from the face to the back)
and make them as deep as you can. Depends on the type guide you’re going to use.

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#2 posted 09-22-2020 09:45 PM

Thanks, for love the idea to use at least most of the available room, I just didn’t know if there was any reason to not make them as deep as possible. Being most of the dressers I was had short drawers, I wasn’t sure if it was maybe a safety concern, or maybe ikea was mostly concerned with making their dressers only using one sheet of mdf

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#3 posted 09-22-2020 11:07 PM

Use 18” full extension drawer slides. ....... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 09-22-2020 11:51 PM

The drawers are short so the can use cheap 3/4 extension slides and the back of the drawer is accessible. Full extension or over extension ball bearing slides will give you access to the rear of a deep drawer.

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#5 posted 09-23-2020 12:27 AM

Deeper is better. Then use a safety strap to attach the dresser to the wall to prevent tipping when drawers are pulled out, or you use it for a ladder.

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#6 posted 09-23-2020 07:31 PM

Fair points y’all! Thanks for the help! I think I’ll take advantage of as much real estate as I can.

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