What is an Undermount Drawer Slide?

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Whether you are going to update your kitchen or work on some new cabinetry in the house, you need to stick with us till the end of this article because today we are going to give you a very important and useful piece of information about drawers and the type of slide you should opt for. You see, you might not know about this right now but honestly, choosing the right drawer slide can be quite a daunting task. Because there are so many options out there and you have to make sure to pick the best one that is by your requirements. 

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We’ll cut it short for you that the one thing you need to determine to choose the right slide for your drawer is the load capacity that you need. Yes, you read that right, and apart from this, you need to determine the type of locking system you are looking forward to.


Speaking of, we are now going to explain each drawer slide mount type in detail to you so that you can easily decide on what you want.


Types Of Drawer Slide Mounts


There are three basic types of drawer slide mounts, first is the side mount slide, then comes the centre mount slide and lastly we have the undermount slide.


Side mount slides come in sets or pairs, and they work on the roller mechanism, and in some cases, the ball bearing is involved. To opt for this type, you need to make sure that there’s a distance of 1/2" between the slides of the cabinet opening and the drawer slides.


Center mount slides are single slides that are mounted just at the centre of the drawer. These slides work mostly on the ball bearing mechanism, and the distance required depends on how thick the slide is.


Undermount slides are known as ball bearing slides, and these are preferred nowadays. These slides are available in pairs, and as the name suggests, these slides are attached to the sides of the cabinet, and they connect with the locking system that’s underside the drawer. Now, if you want to highlight your cabinetry and keep the slides hidden then yes, you should go for the undermount drawer slides. These slides require lesser distance than the ones we mentioned above and well; you can easily find them in ball bearing slide rails so yes, you should go for this option.


Overall Verdict


We hope you now know everything about drawer slides and why you should opt for undermount slides. As said earlier, before choosing any drawer slide, you should first keep the “weight capacity” in mind, and after that, you need to think about the locking system too. As far as our suggestion is concerned, if you want your cabinets to be highlighted and look all clear and organised, then you should go for undermount slides, and you will see the difference on your own.