How to Make a Sticky Wood Drawer Not Stick


Wooden drawers can become stuck due to high humidity levels in the room. The wood swells, making it difficult to pull the drawer out of the dresser cabinet. Unsticking the drawer involves removing as much moisture as possible from the room and from the wood. If the drawer continues sticking, you can lubricate the runners with a silicone spray and an easy sanding job.

Things You'll Need

  • Dehumidifier
  • Heat lamp
  • Silicone spray
  • Set a dehumidifier in the room with the sticky drawer. It will draw the moisture out of the wood, shrinking it so it will stop sticking.

  • Remove the drawer. If it is so stuck that it will not come out, hold a heat lamp 6 inches from the drawer until it dries and will slide more easily.

  • Rub a thin layer of paraffin wax along the runners of the drawer, and along the sides of the drawer. Re-insert the drawer into the cabinet.

  • Place the drawer on a flat surface. Sand the sides of the drawer, as well as the tops and bottoms of the runners, with fine grit sandpaper.

  • Spray the sides of the drawer with silicone spray. Spray the tops of the runners. Flip the drawer over and spray the bottoms of the runners. Replace the drawer.

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