Types of ball guides for drawer
There are 4 types of ball drawer guides
on the market, each with its own particular style and purpose. These are the following:
Soft close drawer runners
The greatest advantage of this type of drawer runner is that it cushions its closing to avoid shocks
or very sudden closings. The mechanism of this guide has an element that prevents the drawer from hitting the inside of the cabinet, minimizing the possibility of damage and thus lengthening its life.
Another important advantage of this type of soft close drawer slides is that they are much less noisy compared to the other types.
Thus, they do not allow the drawer and the cabinet to collide with each other.
Bottom, Center or Side Mount Drawer Slides
- Drawer Bottom Ball Guides – These are usually stronger, however they have a lower weight limit due to their location.
- Center Mount Drawer Ball Slides – These sit right in the middle of the drawer from the bottom. It is widely used in small furniture, since its design does not support much weight. On the other hand, it allows the drawer to open completely, making it easy to see inside.
- Side Mount Ball Drawer Slides – Do not allow the drawer to open all the way, due to their location leaving at least two inches of the drawer inside the cabinet.