Dresser Drawers Stuck Closed

Three drawers in my dresser are stuck; the bottom two open fine. This is not a very sturdy dresser, and it may topple if more than one drawer is open at a time; as a precaution it was made so only one drawer can be opened at a time. Any ideas on why the top three drawers are stuck? (It probably isn't damp, this being Phoenix, AZ.)

Gloria from Phoenix, AZ


Dresser Drawers Stuck Closed

Try taking an old candle and rubbing along the sides of the drawer. It helps it to slide more easily. (12/05/2006)

By mpfickling

Dresser Drawers Stuck Closed

Try removing the drawers that you can and feel above them to see if you can feel anything jammed in the runners. Clothes can get into the little spaces between the drawers and make it hard for them to open.

They also could be off their track which would make them hard to remove. Just keep removing the drawers as you can. When all of the drawers are out, put candle wax or soap on the runners to help keep this from happening again.

I'm not sure what you mean by only one drawer is able to be open at a time, but there may be a mechanism that makes that happen.


Susan from ThriftyFun (12/05/2006)

By ThriftyFun

Dresser Drawers Stuck Closed

Hi Gloria, I had a dresser once that was not very sturdy being made out of some particle board material. I had problems opening drawers because the dresser wasn't level. Get a level and put it on the top of your dresser and if it isn't level stick something under it and level it up. I used folded paper, but even some of those sticky felt circles that you can get from the hardware might be enough to help. (12/05/2006)

By Persnickety Paula

Dresser Drawers Stuck Closed

If it's an older piece of furniture, try the candle method - of waxing the treads. Unfortunately some newer furniture is made very cheaply - we had some particle board dressers with uneven threads for the drawers - which we couldn't manage to fix & finally just tossed! Check the treads for the runners - sometimes they are just plastic - which breaks - if you know someone handy maybe they can make new treads for you - (12/05/2006)


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