Help! My drawer is stuck closed!!

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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 02, 2017
    If there are drawers below, pull them out so that you can remove the jam. If not, try using something thin and long to get behind and remove the jam ( a spatula usually works)

  • Clarissa Clarissa on Feb 03, 2017
    If you've had high humidity, the wood may have expanded a bit. Try using a hair dryer to reduce dampness.

  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 04, 2017
    okay....if it's 1 drawer and there are other drawers above and below.....remove them first. how is the dresser constructed? i have some dressers that are built like a stack of boxes, and the drawer's stay st. by a wooden guide in the bottom of the box. reach in and remove what you can, occasionally a piece of cloth will get between the sides of the inner box and outer box. think metal clothes hanger lasso.

    my other dressers have sides and just a glide made of wood that's about 3 inches wide. no real bottom to support the drawer, and you can see what is in the lower drawer. the last type is notorious for catching what is in the underneath drawer, esp. when the lower drawer is overly filled. debulk the lower drawer, and see if there is any cloth caught on the glide, or sides.

  • Robin Lueddeke Robin Lueddeke on Feb 05, 2017
    Not know what kind of drawer you're talking about makes it a guessing game. If it's a dresser drawer, then take out the one above or below and work from withing to release the jam. Also, I use old candles to "wax" the undersides of all the drawers and they move freely.
    If you talking about a kitchen drawer, which is usually overstuffed and you can't pull it open, i also use a spatula to free up what's causing it to jam...and then that's my sign to clean out the drawer! hope this helps! :)

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 05, 2017
    Yeah, all of the above. But, what I use is a yard stick. If you can open the drawer enough to get your fingers inside, reach in as much as you can and feel along the front of the drawer. If you feel the obstruction, close the drawer slightly (ouch!) to give you some wiggle room and move the villain down and out of the way.