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Mini Blind Drawer Slides

By: Erich Lage
Recycling old Mini Blinds for another life of service as Drawer Slides? Yea, that works.

W231 008f02 I recently had a cabinet job that was on a tight budget. The drawers needed to operate smoothly, but expensive slides were out of the question. An abandoned set of vinyl mini blinds turned out to be the answer. Gluing them to the inside of the cabinet served as a perfect glide for the drawers. Taking a couple of slats, I cut them to length with a utility knife, but found that the arched surfaces of the slats wouldn’t lie flat. W231 008f01 So I smoothed them out using a clothes iron set on low heat (photo above). Once the slats were flat, I glued them in place using contact cement (applying it to the slat and the cabinet). The drawers now slide smoothly. And if the slats get worn, I still have plenty of replacements.

Published: Jan. 5, 2022
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