The aluminum profile is placed underneath the drawer bottom

How to Fix a Sagging Drawer Bottom

If you’re like me and tend to store a lot of things in your drawers, you’ve probably faced the dreaded sagging drawer bottom. It’s quite annoying, isn’t it?

There you are, trying to retrieve a notebook from your desk or your hand cream from your nightstand, only to find the drawer bottom doing its best impression of a hammock under the weight of your belongings. Well ain’t that annoying?!

Now I gotta say this doesn’t happen to all and every drawer: the most common victims are usually the ones that have a thin bottom.

So I guess you could say than the obvious answer is to buy sturdier, better furniture. But that’s definitely not an easy or a cheap fix.

Fear not, though! I’ve been in this exact predicament and discovered two simple DIY solutions that don’t require you to replace the whole piece of furniture or break the bank.

Let’s see how to fix that sagging drawer bottom of yours.

A sagging Ikea Micke desk 
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My sagging Ikea Micke desk drawer

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Fixing a sagging drawer: Solution 1

This approach is better suited for larger drawers that hold heavier items, as it provides support across the entire width.

I chose this solution for my Ikea Micke desk since its drawer is pretty wide and I tend to keep all sort of notebooks and writing pads in it.

Things you’ll need

  • Aluminum profile(s): Get one that it’s flat and quite thin, especially if there’s not a lot of room underneath the drawer. Make sure it’s longer than the width of your drawer and it’s not easily bendable.
    I didn’t found a flat one at my local hardware store, so I just settled for a “L” shaped one. But in my case, it doesn’t really matter since I was fixing the drawer of an Ikea Micke desk, so I had a lot of space to work with + the profile is not really visible either.
  • Hacksaw: You might have already have this at home, but if not a cheap one will do the job just fine.
  • Hacksaw blades: Get one that has its teeth really close together, as these produce a smoother cut on aluminum. If you’re unsure what to buy, just ask the staff from the hardware shop for help.
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Sanding paper (optional)
An aluminum profile

How to

01. Make sure the profile is thin enough

First you should make sure that your aluminum profile fits between the bottom of the drawer and its support (sometimes it’s a bracket, often it’s just a ). If it’s not thin enough it will damage your furniture and you might do more damage than good.

For example, if my Ikea Alex drawers were to sag, I would need an extremely thin profile or just be fine with messing up the bottom of the drawers a bit.

But since I was working with an Ikea Micke desk, I had quite a bit of wiggle room. It also helped that the supporting edge of the drawer was made from metal.

So fair warning: this is not an one-size-fits-all universal solution as it really depends on the specific design and construction of your furniture.

However, in many cases you’ll find that there’s enough space between the bottom of your drawer and its support to accommodate a thin aluminum profile without any adverse effects. Just you make sure you assess your furniture’s design carefully before proceeding.

Measure aluminum profile to know where to cut

02. Measure the width of your drawer

Take the measuring tape and get ready to determine the exact width of your drawer. I’ve found it’s much easier and you get better visibility if you do this from underneath. It’s one of those small tips that can make a big difference in how smoothly this DIY project goes.

Now, when it comes to getting the measurement right, you’ve got a bit of a choice to make.

You can either measure the entire width of the drawer and then subtract a few millimeters to ensure the profile fits well underneath the bottom part, or you can measure the width without including the sides and then add a few millimeters to that measurement.

Personally, I recommend the second option as it leaves less room for mistakes.

Also, be cautious when deciding the length of the aluminium profile. You can always trim off excess material if you’ve overestimated a bit, but you can’t add it back if you cut too short.

Cutting the aluminum profile with a hacksaw

03. Cut your aluminum profile

Measure your aluminum profile to the width of your drawer +/- a few millimeters as I mentioned above and make a mark with the pencil where you’ll need to cut it.

Now, grab your hacksaw and get ready to cut away. I’ll be honest, this part was definitely my least favorite as it turned out to be quite time-consuming. But hey, it’s all part of the process, right?

By the way, I strongly suggest putting something underneath to catch all those little bits and pieces that are going to fall. Trust me, the last thing you want is to spend even more time cleaning up sawdust and tiny fragments from your floor or workspace.

Whether it’s a sheet of newspaper, a drop cloth, or even an old towel you’re no longer attached to, having something to catch the fallout will make your life a lot easier. I used my plant re-potting mat for this purpose.

At the end you can also sand a little the edge with a bit of sanding paper, but this is totally optional.

The aluminum profile is placed underneath the drawer bottom

04. Place the aluminum profile underneath the drawer

You can now fit the aluminum profile between the bottom of your drawer and the supporting edges. You can opt to put for the middle of maybe closer to the part that was sagging.

Aim for a diagonal approach when you place the aluminum profile, as if you did everything right, it should be a bit longer than the bottom piece of your drawer.

And voila, you’re done! Honestly, in my case, the hardest part was finding an aluminum profile that fit the bill. Apart from that it was quite an easy and quick fix to an annoying problem.

Fixing a sagging drawer: Solution 2

This solution is even easier to implement than the first one, however it’s better suited in my opinion for smaller drawers, where you store things that are not too heavy.

Things you’ll need

  • Brackets for sagging back walls or drawer bottoms: You should be able to easily find these online.
  • Manual or automatic screwdriver
A bracket for fixing a sagging back wall or drawer bottom

How to

The process is very straightforward: all you need to do is to position the brackets precisely between the bottom panel of your drawer and its supporting edge.

Once the brackets are in place, the next step is to screw them in. The goal here is to attach them firmly so they can provide the necessary reinforcement to the drawer’s bottom. However, be careful to not overdo it either or you might damage the drawer.

You’ll also want to distribute the brackets evenly to ensure the weight is supported across the entire width of the drawer, preventing any future sagging. Depending on the how big your drawer is, you may need quite a few of these brackets.

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