Side Mount Soft-Close Slides: Too Good To Be True?

By Richie DeMarco | Posted: 04/22/2013 4:47PM


Richie DeMarco Last week we discussed the facts about undermount slides and the necessary changes to your drawer box to ensure proper installation.

I know it seems like a lot of work and there has to be an easier way.

Well there is, but and this is a big BUT -

In my opinion the side mount slides will not work as well as an undermount.

Don’t misunderstand me, side mount soft close slides work, but not with the same motion as an undermount. 

Richie DeMarco side mount slide Before you decide between undermount and side mount you should ask these 3 questions:
Is it 1/2” side clearance?  There are many slides on the market that require an extra 1/16” for proper installation.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but that 1/16” could cause the drawers to drag. 

What size drawer was the slide tested on?  If a slide is tested, typically it’s for a standard kitchen drawer 24” wide X 4” high X 22” deep... How well is that slide going to work on your 30” wide hutch drawers?

Is it really a full extension slide?  To fit the soft close mechanism many manufacturers have shortened the drawer members.  The result is 3/4” extension slide... How functional is that on your 12” and 14” deep drawers?

Bonus question: Is the slide available in 12” deep?  If not could be a real problem in tight spaces or dealing with baseboard moulding.

Your turn...which slide do you prefer, an undermount or side mount? 

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P.S. Denise Butchko and I have scheduled an in-depth “How To” course on Houzz on May 3rd.  Register early because space is limited... Hope to see you there!


About the Author

Richie DeMarco

Richie DeMarco was declared “The Mayor of Hardware” at the 2011 Closet Expo. With nearly 15 years of experience he has moved up the ranks at Eveready Hardware and is currently the vice president. He serves on the Board of Directors for the ACSP and moderates the LinkedIn group Hardware Nation. He can be contacted at or follow him on Twitter @MayorOfHardware.

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