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The Savvy Shopper's Guide to Drawer Construction

Posted by Mandi Bugatti on

One of the biggest questions for Savvy Shoppers is: How can I be sure I'm getting a great price and great quality? When it comes to storage pieces like dressers, chests, and nightstands the best way to determine the quality is to open the drawers and see how they're made. Drawers need strength and durability to hold your clothing and other items, and also hold up to daily opening and closing. This article will discuss joint construction and drawer glides and provide you with things to look for to give you confidence you are purchasing a product that will last.

Joint Construction refers to the way the sides of a drawer are put together to create a box. There are a variety of techniques, and some drawers are constructed using multiple types of joints. These are the most common types you will see when shopping for furniture.

French Dovetail Joinery is a technique based on cutting out a slat in the middle of a board and also a corresponding piece of wood that can slide into the middle cutout.

English Dovetail Joinery is a strong joint technique that involves jigsaw cutouts on the sides of each drawer piece, which when joined together form a tightly fit drawer.

Mortise and Tenon is a very strong type of joint construction that has been used for centuries. It is secured with adhesive, and is hidden from view because one piece is cut to fit inside of another.

Drawer glides are the rails on which the drawer moves, and the way they are mounted determines how much weight the drawers can hold. They are usually made with metal or wood. When you are furniture shopping, be sure to open and close the drawers to see how easily the drawers glide in and out. If you are shopping online, the type of glides is usually listed in the description or shown in the photos.

Side Mounted Drawer Glides are the strongest type of glides, and therefore can hold the most weight. The metal-on-metal glides will not warp with changes in temperature or humidity like wood-on-wood glides. The only disadvantage is the side-mounting can take away from the width of the drawer. 

Center Mounted Drawer Glides are mounted underneath the drawer to create a clean look. This type of glide can take away some of the drawer depth, but leaves the drawer width intact. They are not able to hold as much weight as side mounted, but ultimately there is more drawer space with this option.

Wood-on-Wood Drawer Glides are great for people who love all wood furniture and less metal. The downside is that temperature or humidity changes may alter the opening and closing of the drawers. These glides hold a good amount of weight, and they are usually a less expensive option.

If you’re ready for a new chest, dresser, or nightstand, Savvy Discount Furniture in Farmers Branch, TX is the place to start. Our furniture store offers a wide selection of beautiful pieces at low prices. With a variety of layaway and financing options, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank for the furniture you love. Call (214) 434-1143 or visit our website to browse the inventory.

  • Furniture
  • Drawer Construction
  • Storage Furniture
  • Storage Pieces
  • Dresser
  • Nightstand
  • Chest

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