Asked on Apr 15, 2019

How to fix closet wire baskets (Elfa) that fall off track?

Donna Martin
by Donna Martin

is there a way to make the track or wire (not mesh) basket a slightly wider so the basket slides out easily and won’t fall into the basket below? So frustrating.

  6 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 15, 2019

    Hi Donna,

    I'm not familiar with this system, but it looks like you're not the only one with this problem. The same question was asked on Amazon and several people had some ideas. See if any of these help you. Wishing you the best.

  • Kate Kate on Apr 16, 2019

    Sounds like the baskets kinda get stuck. Silicone spray makes sliding so easy. Not WD40. It just creates a mess.

    To stop the basket use some sort of stopper like a pin or even a clothes pin or safety pin.

  • Rag Bag Nana Rag Bag Nana on Apr 17, 2019

    Call the maker but l’ll bet that either the basket or the frame is out of true

  • Donna Martin Donna Martin on Apr 17, 2019

    Thank you for your response. I did contact the Container Store (it sells Elfa) and it had no solution. I was hoping there was something I could slip on the track or on the basket edge that would (slightly) extend it so it wouldn’t fall off the track. Once you own the closet shelves, you’re on your own.

  • Donna Martin Donna Martin on Apr 17, 2019

    My problem isn’t with sticking baskets (they slide beautifully) or ones that slide off the end of the track (there is a stopper Elfa sells to address that). The problem is the each basket falls off the entire track into the basket below. A solution would involve slightly extending the edge so the basket stays on the track.

    • Traceyleschin Traceyleschin on Apr 18, 2020

      Hi Donna, The Container Store sells little clips which fit over the drawer rail and the edge the of the drawer, these seem to help. The clips are sold by the free standing Elfa drawer units but I can’t imagine that they would not also work with the ‘connected to the wall closet drawers and drawer rails’.

      The problem you are having is due to the frame or drawer getting slightly out of line or bent. If you can resquare the unit with slight bending that will help. Be careful though, it can also make it worse. Apply heat to the metal can help with the rebranding but can also discolor the drawer so use extreme care.

      If the issue is more that the drawer us coming off the end of the track, there is a small hole on the drawer rail. The container store also sells a little peg that goes in the hole to stop the drawer but a small nail or screw will also do the trick. I hope this helps.

      I will try to and add photos to clarify when I can.

  • Donna Martin Donna Martin on Apr 19, 2020

    Thank you. I’ll try your suggestions.