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What is a plastic drawer runner?

04 December 2023

What is a plastic drawer runner?

A Drawer Runner is a vital element when it comes to opening and closing a drawer. Essentially, they are the mechanism that allows a drawer to be used and work as a drawer should. Often referred to as “drawer slides”, drawer runners are what enable a drawer to open smoothly and function efficiently without getting stuck or jammed. Drawer runners are an essential piece of cabinet hardware and come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes with many different uses and applications.

They come in a range of different materials too, such as:

  • plastic drawer runners
  • wooden drawer runners
  • metal drawer runners

Whether it’s in the cabinet, drawer or door, runners keep sliding mechanisms working correctly and effectively.

How do drawer runners work?

As previously mentioned, a drawer runner allows drawers to open smoothly using horizontal movement.  Similar to a train, runners use “tracks” to keep them in place and ensure they are working correctly. Drawer runners can be mounted in different places, but they do need to be mounted to both sides to allow a drawer to open properly. If they were only mounted on one side, the drawers would just get stuck or become very unstable and wonky! Drawer runners reduce friction between the drawer and the rest of the unit, also preventing damage.

Uses for Draw Runners

Runners come in all shapes and sizes, but all have the same function and use. Runners are needed in many different types of furniture. Kitchen cabinets utilise runners - allowing you to access essential kitchen utensils, cutlery and pots and pans. Runners are needed in bathroom drawers and vanities, helping to organise your toiletries, towels, make-up and other bathroom essentials. Office furniture also utilises drawer runners  for example, filing cabinets and desk drawers which help to keep stationery, files and work equipment in  a safe and easily accessible place. It is important to consider the weight of contents in your drawer, because if your load is going to be heavy, you may need to look at drawers capable of maintaining larger, heavier weights. If you are only expecting a drawer to be filled with lighter objects, lighter duty drawer runners will suffice.

Manufactured by Insignia

Our “Plastic Drawer Runner (186.00.001)” is the ideal solution for keeping your drawers opening and closing smoothly. Our drawer runner is made of plastic and is intended for use with plastic drawers. Comprised of PPC with dowel fixing, this plastic drawer runner is available in a range of colours.

Why not also explore Insignia Manufacturing’s range of other drawer accessories today? Our range perfectly complements  our drawer runner You can discover our other drawer components here.

Looking for plastic drawer runners? Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you with your drawer runner needs. With over 24 years of experience, our professional and dedicated team will discuss your needs and requirements to find the perfect solution. Find out how we can help you today by completing our enquiry form below.  Alternatively, you can call us on 01536 204923 or email us at to receive a response from a member of our team,. We look forward to hearing from you!

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