How to Convert a Dresser Drawer Into a Rolling Drawer


Whether you're shopping your own attic or a local resale shop, old dressers or old dresser drawers are a common find. If the dresser itself is damaged, worn or just not your style, you can reuse the dresser drawers as practical and convenient rolling storage. Rolling storage drawers can be stored out of sight under the bed or allowed to show tucked beneath a table.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood soap
  • Rags
  • Philips or flathead screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Rolling casters
  • Empty the drawer and remove it from the dresser. Clean away any grease or lubricant using a soap designed for wood.

  • Remove old drawer hardware using the appropriate screwdriver. Discard drawer slides or reserve them for another project.

  • Mark the position of the four casters with a pencil, placing one on each corner of the drawer.

  • Drill small pilot holes in the drawer where marked.

  • Screw the four casters into place on the drawer using a manual screwdriver or a drill equipped with a screwdriver bit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reinforce the drawer's bottom panel with triangles of solid wood glued in place and screwed or nailed through the side and front/rear of the drawer in each corner of the drawer box. Mount the casters to the flat bottom face of each triangle.
  • Rolling drawers work well for out-of-season clothes, toys, and craft supplies.
  • Consider lining your rolling drawers with drawer liner for a more attractive appearance.
  • Check the length of the screws that come with your casters. Depending upon the structure of your drawer, you may want to replace these screws with shorter ones to avoid the screws protruding into the drawer.
  • If your casters come with bolts rather than screws, drill holes according to the package directions.

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