by Jennifer Borrego August 04, 2016

We all know that the construction of old furniture beats most readily affordable furniture in today's world. Real wood, solid construction, joinery that is meant to last, and timeless style. One of the problems that I do find is that they often do not include drawer stops.

Many of my clients are parents with toddlers who are into everything & could be squishified by a drawer without stops...Let's be honest, most of us grown peeps rely on those stops too.

How to protect toes by making drawer stops

You can buy plastic drawer stops from Amazon or some hardware stores, you just have to be conscious of how & where they will hit inside the furniture. Make sure you have the clearance. But...in my world the furniture varies extensively & I don't really care for the plastic ones. So, I decided to use cut wood pieces that can be mounted by screw into the drawer.

DIY Drawer stops fro scraps

To do this I cut wood pieces at about 2" lengths.

Drawers have varying heights that the stops need to meet to be effective. To measure this I held the wood piece in the back of the drawer until it pinched into place on the catch trim. This is the piece above that the new stop hits rather than pulling through. (Does that make sense? If I need to clarify more please comment below & I will draw a pic or something.)

DIY Drawer stops fro scrapsDIY Drawer stops fro scraps

I marked the wood at the top of the drawer so I knew where to line up my catch piece. Then I marked something close to center on my wood piece. I was working in the house on this project so I have a scrap 2x4 under my wood stopper as I pre drill a hole in it. I also placed the 2x4 under my dresser drawer to pre-drill into the drawer.DIY Drawer stops fro scraps

You do not want to go through your drawer back, the 2x4 is there for the just in case...(lesson learned the hard way! It's a wonder my husband lets me bring tools in the house) after pre drilling both pieces, I put my screw through my wood chunk & lined it up with my pre drilled drawer & screwed it in.

DIY Drawer stops fro scraps

You want to choose wood screws that will go through your new stop block, but only 1/2 way into your drawer back. When you pre drill make sure that you are using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the width of your screw. The treads in the wood will be what keep your screw in the drawer. Do not skip the pre drilling!!!!! Wood can split when you force a screw in. Pre drilling will clear some of the space for your screw. Insert your best image of the scolding finger wave of your elementary school principal...You do not want a drawer to survive 50+ years and then get wrecked because you skipped this step...end warning finger...

 

DIY Drawer stops fro scraps

Once in place the stops will need to be turned sideways (show above) to put the drawer in place. Once the drawer is inserted, reach in and turn them upright. You should leave a little room by not screwing them in as tightly as you could.

Once in place test by pulling forward, they should engage and keep the drawer from coming out. Yeah! Our toe are safe & we will not be pick all of our belonging up off the floor.

DIY Drawer stops fro scrapsDIY Drawer stops fro scraps

 



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