Tutorial on telescopic slides. Complete guide on qualities, models, and measurements for the correct installation of drawers and pull-outs.
The telescopic slides for drawers are basically that complement that allows elements to be moved forwards and backward, by sliding their components. The drawer slides with complete extraction allow giving mobility to the parts of the furniture, facilitating the location of objects in certain spaces. We find them in specialized stores as extensible linear guides, extension bearing guides, sliding guides for drawers, extensible ball bearing slides, telescopic sliding ball guides – whatever name you want to call them – they are positioned as the ideal accessory for the installation of drawers in melamine and wood furniture.
There is a wide variety of telescopic slides on the market, which vary according to load capacity, smoothness of sliding, rawer runners blum closing, among other characteristics. The most common is the simple or standard telescopic slides that allow the complete extraction of the drawers and drawers. Hammer Melamine recommends you to use telescopic slides in your furniture design projects since due to its low cost and great durability, it will be by far the best option.
Technical characteristics of telescopic slides
Unlike common drawer slides, telescopic slides feature a full extension sliding system crimped on lubricated ball bearings. They are made of laminated steel with blue passivated galvanized with great resistance against corrosion, giving the sliders great strength and excellent movement of the drawer. It also has a final rubber bumper fulfilling the function of a safety lock. They are commonly used to install pull-out drawers or platforms, but can also be installed on doors, shelves, and other types of components.
It is also used in parts of the furniture that you want to make extendable. Please note that the load capacity data are for the pair of guides installed with their narrowest side perpendicular to the ground on the sides of the element to slide. When the guides are installed flat under the element to slide, the load capacity is reduced to approximately half. It is very important to take into account the separation that must exist between the side of the drawer and the side of the cabinet to allow it to function properly. The average separation distance of the drawer from the side of the cabinet is 13 mm on both sides and fastened with countersunk head screws.
Main parts of telescopic slides
The particularity of its mechanism is that it is made up of three articulated parts, the part that is attached to the cabinet, the piece that is attached to the drawer, and the telescopic rail that is the one that extends to help the entire drawer stay out of the drawer. furniture. As for the internal components of the extension slides, knowing the parts and elements will allow you to install and change them without complications. You do not need to call a specialist to correct and repair your drawers as well as their accessories.
Types of telescopic slides
Types of telescopic slides according to the system
Determined by the type of internal system. The three most common and frequent telescopic guide systems in the trade are:
This type of slider is the simplest of all, it offers excellent drawer movement but does not have soft closing or automatic opening. Normally in zinc material. It has a rubber stopper for accidental openings. The telescopic runners are available from 20 to 60 cm with a load capacity ranging from 20 kg to 45 kg per pair.
Telescopic with brake (Soft Close)
It comes with a braking system (slow closing) that allows the drawer to close smoothly as it reaches the depth limit. Avoid annoying noises and furniture wear due to prolonged impact over time.
Telescopic with pressure opening (Push Open)
An excellent slider is the telescopic push open slider that incorporates an innovative ejection system. This system opens the Drawer runners blum just by touching its front without the need to install handles. This easy-open system is ideal for minimalist furniture.
Types of telescopic slides according to the load resistance
They are determined by the amount of load they can support. Within this type of classification we find two types of slides:
Light Telescopic Sliding (Light)
It is the right device for bedside tables, desks, chests of drawers, and any small drawer. The light telescopic is so-called because it is thinner and supports an approximate weight of up to 35 kg. The height also varies, having a difference of between 9-10 mm compared to the heavy ones. What differs one from the other and justifies its differentiated cost is only the weight supported. After that, it is the same as the standard but with a more affordable cost.
Heavy Telescopic Slide (Heavy)
It is the typical standard slide and one of the most used. They slide smoothly, are firm, and allow the drawer to be completely projected outwards, facilitating the visualization of the internal content. It has a height of 45mm and supports up to an approximate weight of 45kg, ideal for large drawers. As well as being the appropriate device for custom furniture, it has all the advantages of a good system. Also use them when you want it to stay completely still, avoiding tipping over; a security condition especially for those who have small children.
Telescopic slider prices
The price of standard sliders is among the most accessible. They are products of high rotation and demand in the manufacture of furniture, which makes it one of the essential accessories for the furniture industry. The constructive simplicity and the quality of the materials used allow the construction of sliding systems at a low cost. Keep in mind that prices vary depending on the size and type of system.