Divan drawer broken - worth repairing? And where?

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by Marritza, 9 Mar 2020.

  1. Marritza

    Marritza

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2017
    Messages:
    21
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    So I've overloaded one of my divan drawers and it finally gave up the ghost. About a year ago one of the runners twisted badly and it was difficult to pull/push the drawer. Today I pulled on it and the front panel came off.

    Don't think I can fix it myself...but is it even worth trying to find someone to repair it compared to the cost of a single divan base (it's two singles linked together into a super king size, so I'm hoping to just buy one of the singles)? It's a 10 year old divan base, which doesn't seem to be easy to track down but here's something very similar - https://www.bedstar.co.uk/sealy-millionaire-ortho-3ft-single-divan-bed.html. Would I have to track down a carpenter?
     

    Attached Files:

  2. JohnD

    JohnD

    Joined:
    15 Nov 2005
    Messages:
    77,051
    Thanks Received:
    4,516
    Location:
    Crossgates, Europe
    Country:
    Cook Islands
    You can get metal runners for kitchen drawers in various sizes. Probably a pair for pan drawers would do. They generally screw to the side of the drawer and the cabinet, some are attached to the bottom. Blum is a good make. B&Q isn't

    Please measure yours, and the length and width of the drawer and the aperture.

    A carpenter can make a new drawer out of laminated chipboard as used for kitchen cabinets, which would be stronger than your old drawer, and will have the skills to fit and adjust the runners. You can get readymade ones to fit in kitchen units in common sizes such as 1000mm, 800mm, 600mm, 500mm but these are the external sizes of the cabinet, the drawers are purposely made smaller to fit inside.

    You could learn to do it yourself, but you would need some tools and might make a mistake.

    Best way to find a carpenter (a semi-retired person could do this little job) is by personal recommendation from someone you know and trust, or a small-ad in the parish magazine. The worst way is an advert on a "recommendation" website where they pay to be listed and unfavourable reviews are seldom published.

    Even cheaper, you could get some "underbed" plastic storage boxes that will slide into the gap.
     
  3. Sponsored Links
  4. mattylad

    mattylad

    Joined:
    27 Apr 2008
    Messages:
    8,620
    Thanks Received:
    671
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If you find you cannot repair the drawer itself, can you attach a batten along the front bottom and using a piano hinge attach the front, use a magnetic catch so it can pull down?

    Myself, I'd rather try that than the cost of a whole new base just for something that's probably not used daily.
     
  5. Marritza

    Marritza

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2017
    Messages:
    21
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    JohnD, mattylad, thank you for the recommendations! All good ideas, I'm a bit more confident about trying to repair this now. I'll try to find a carpenter first and if not, I'll try one of the other solutions. Shame to have to replace the base because of a single drawer...
     
  6. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
  7. Sponsored Links
Loading...

Share This Page