Asked on Oct 12, 2020

How do i stop dresser drawers from falling down on top of each other?

by Monica

My drawers wen you open one the other one falls down out the grooves I believe can't quite tell the problem but every time I open one drawers it falls down and each one up under follows

  19 answers
  • It sounds like the tracks are not working correctly. They may need to be repaired or replaced. Remove the drawers and have a look at them.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 12, 2020

    Hope this helps you:

    Sounds as if your problem with the dresser is related to the tracks, that would be the place to look after removing the drawers, also check under the actual drawers to see if anything is missing or broken.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 12, 2020

    Hello. Looking inside the dresser cavity do you see a problem with the tracks? Are they worn loose -possibly needing replacement. I believe your problem is situated in the inside of the dresser or the drawer sides. This could be a need to be addressed. A trip to the hardware store for replacement supplies may be necessary.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 12, 2020

    Hello Monica,

    Sounds as though the runners have worn ( insides cabinet), the drawers should run on them) Take them off and replace then drawers should stay put unless they are overloaded. Best wishes

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 12, 2020

    Looks like the track where the drawers roll on may be broken, you can replace them.

  • It's either the track on the drawer itself of the runner inside the dresser. They can both be fixed and replaced, but you'll need to evaluate which piece (or both) is the problem before you can correct it.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Oct 12, 2020

    Hi Monica, it is probably one of two problems. With the wood slats ( or gliders) it sits on may have broken or fall off. If that is the case, you can cut a one by one piece of wood and glue it back on to help them stay upright. Make sure they come close enough to the front as well or it will fall off/out when they reach the end.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Oct 12, 2020

    Alternatively (sorry hit send too soon!) the stopper for the top drawer could be missing. Depending on the age of your piece, there is usually a small block of wood glue to the underneath of the top of the dresser. When the drawer is pulled out it will stop when it hits the block of wood. This will prevent the drawer from falling all the way out. If the stopper is missing, you would need to cut a small block of wood, and glue it a few inches from the front of the drawer. Make sure the drawer is in but open when you do this. Hope one of these helps!

  • You either need to install a track for the little wheels or insert the drawers so they are on the tracks properly

  • I would take the drawers all out and take a look at them. The track might have snapped off so that it isn't staying up. I'd compare it to a drawer that is working properly to see what needs to be fixed.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 12, 2020

    The drawers on many older cabinets and wall units ride on wooden runners, not metal slides. This low-tech system works well, but there's no mechanism for stopping the drawer. If it's pulled out too far, it crashes to the floor. The solution is install a stop block at the rear of the drawer.

    Cut a small hardwood block about ½ X ¾ X 2 inches long. After boring an off-center hole through the block ¾ inch from one end, screw it to the rear of the drawer.

    Turn the block horizontally and slide the drawer partially into the cabinet (above). Then, turn the block vertically and push the drawer all the way in. Now when you pull the drawer out, the block will hit against the cabinet face frame and stop the drawer. If you ever need to remove the drawer, just turn the block 90 degrees to clear the face frame.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 12, 2020

    Hi Monica, take each drawer out and check to see that the hardware is all still there, sounds like you are missing some glides, and possibly a stopper on each drawer is missing. Hope this video helps you out,

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Oct 12, 2020

    Attach some wooden stops to the back of the drawer to keep them from coming out too far.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Oct 13, 2020

    This used to happen to me. My husband finally figured out, that when I would move around furniture, I would pull it and push it around the room. My husband went around my dresser, pushing in each side, which made a huge difference. Sometimes the drawers don't fit correct because the dresser isn't sitting correctly.

  • William William on Oct 13, 2020

    I am going to assume each drawer has a groove on each side that slides over a wood track on the dresser sides. The dresser sides can flex when pulling out a drawer or are warped slightly causing the other drawers to fall on top of each other. You can verify this if the drawers are sloppy when moved side to side. You can glue strips of 1/8" thick wood or hardboard to one side of the drawers just below the groove. This will take up the slack in the drawer. If it's slightly tight you can sand down the strip until the drawers slide in and out easily without binding.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Oct 13, 2020

    I'd take the drawer out and examine the inside. Is it off the track? Is the track broken?

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Oct 17, 2020

    Ugh, I hate it when that happens. Everyone has shared some really good ways to fix it, but if you're lazy and don't have all the tools perhaps this tutorial will help

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2020

    you need to repair frame of the drawers

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 10, 2021

    Ugh, I hate it when that happens. We had a cheap dresser that did the same thing and we tried everything to fix those wonky drawers. My hubby came up with a brilliant plan and you can find the tutorial here -