It's not ME. It's the DRAWERS!
August 17, 2009 11:46 AM Subscribe
Extraordinarily lame: My desk and dresser drawers won't open all the way. Is there some sort of anti-slide mechanism that I'm unaware of? If not, can I fix this problem somehow?
posted by mittenedsex to home & garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Background info: It's a set of fairly substantial (i.e., not cheap and/or Ikea-esque) wooden furniture: a vanity table/dresser, a desk set, and a nightstand. The furniture was purchased in the early 1990s (92-94) from Ethan Allen, most likely.
The faulty (or poorly-designed?) drawers will only open up about halfway. In order to get anything in and out of the back half of these drawers, I have to basically angle my hands/arms and reach back. I'd write it off as poorly-designed (and therefore extremely overpriced) furniture, except that 1) some of the drawers don't suffer from this problem, and 2) at one point in the furniture's life, some of the now-jammed drawers DID open all the way. I'm aware that sometimes things fall behind and get in the way of the track, but this is happening for a total of about 8 drawers. I highly doubt I'm getting things stuck behind 8 drawers. If it makes a difference, this Stuck Drawer Syndrome mostly occur in the lower drawers.
Furthermore, I recently found out that another dresser in the house suffers from the same problem. I don't know where the dresser was purchased from, but it's exactly the same: the top two drawers work quite well; the bottom drawers will only open about halfway.
Is there some sort of locking mechanism that the furniture makers might have implemented for the sake of easier transportation? If not, is there any hope of fixing these drawers? I'm tired of using my desk drawers as storage for things like bars of soap. (It's really THAT DIFFICULT to get in and out of).
I'd gladly take pictures to demonstrate the problem, but I'm afraid you'd have to be specific about what I should be photographing.