How can I repair a chest of drawers that is falling apart?

Linda Stone
by Linda Stone

I really don't want to have to throw it out, what can I use to keep this together please, and any ideas on making it more attractive, thank you xxx

  7 answers
  • Nan W. Nan W. on Feb 16, 2020

    Linda: looks like this video was made just for you!

    Once you get it repaired, you can always simply paint it in a great color!

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Feb 16, 2020

    Hi Linda,

    This answer accidentally got put under a different question, but it looks like it was meant for you. This is a copy and paste of Janice answer. Wishing you the best.


    An hour ago

    Hi Linda, you can "sturdy up" each drawer by applying some strong glue to the sections and re-gluing and clamping or wedging the pieces back together in their appropriate places. E6000 is a strong glue to use. Apply a small amount to each piece you're gluing together and press and hold firmly for several minutes. It's even better to be able to maintain pressure on the two pieces for quite a while, perhaps by clamping or weight the pieces together. To make the piece look totally different you could paint in a lively color and paint the drawer pulls a different color. I can envision light grey drawers with black handles, or a navy blue with brass looking handles. I usually like to use a good quality spray paint for a brush-free surface.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 16, 2020

    Hello Linda,

    Remove drawers and check out and replace runners if they are worn. Turn on front and strengthen carcas at corners and also brace the back. Maybe add a backboard too. Turn up, replace drawers.

    If a new look is required, Change handles or paint them. If you want to change the carcass you could paint it or colour gel stain it. If you want to change the look of the drawers, besides paint, you could use beading or embellishment etc. You could also wallpaper them or use Contact. It's a matter of choice! Enjoy the process......

  • You should be able to just glue them back together.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Feb 17, 2020

    You can use wood or Gorilla glue to glue stuff back together. I had a dresser and the drawer kept falling off the rail. It was really frustrating, but it turns out that when I moved the dresser (by pushing and pulling it across the room), it loosened somehow. My husband took the drawers out and pushed both sides of the dresser in and the drawers slid back in perfectly... hopefully that makes sense. There are also tons of videos on how to fix dressers.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Feb 17, 2020


    Next time use furniture sliders. There are various brands in different sizes and shapes available. Here is one example.