How to Fix a Dresser Drawer

Do you have a dresser drawer that is starting to fall apart? Is the face of your dresser drawer starting to fall off? My son’s dresser had one drawer that was needing repaired and I will show you how to fix a dresser drawer in under five minutes.

My son’s dresser bottom drawer has needed fixed for a couple months. I guess he has been slamming it closed and it has caused the face of the drawer to come loose.

It was quick and easy to repair the dresser drawer. It will only take a few tools and about five minutes per drawer.

There are a few different ways that dresser drawers are manufactured and some of the steps may involve a slightly different technique when putting the face and side rails back together.

I also have an article “How to Fix Cabinet Drawers” that will go over this same topic but for the cabinet drawers that I needed to fix.

Skill –               Beginner

Time –             5 Minutes

Cost –              $5

Tools and Materials Needed

Wood Glue

Brad Nail Gun



Tooth Picks (or something similar in size)

Q-tips (or something similar in size)

  1. Take the Drawer Out and Empty it

Broken Dresser Drawer

You will need to take the drawer out and empty it out to be able to properly repair it.

  1. Pull Out Nails

Pull Loose Nails

To get the face and side rails to fit together properly you will need to take the nails out. After you have the nails out you can check to see how well the drawer face fits together with the side rails.

  1. Glue Side Rail

Glue Dresser Side Rail

I used a Q-Tip to get the glue into the slot on the face and along the sides of the side rail.

  1. Clamp the Side Rail to the Drawer Face

Before you nail everything together you will want to clamp it all together really tight.

  1. Nail Side Rail to Drawer Face

Nail Dresser Drawer Together

Using a Brad Nail Gun, you will need to nail through the side rail in into the face plate.

Make sure you pay attention to the angle you are nailing, you don’t want to brad nail to come through the inside or outside of the drawer.

  1. Wipe off Excess Glue
  2. Let Dry

Don’t take your clamps off until everything is completely dry. Check the manufacturers label on the wood glue you are using for drying times. I suggest leaving it alone for a minimum of 2 hours.

My son now has a dresser drawer that stays together. It really is quick and easy and if you have the right tools already it won’t cost you much either.

I already had everything I needed so this job cost me a total of $0.

Remember to check out my article “How to Fix Cabinet Drawers”.

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