Shortening the Drawer Box - Pro Tip

Shortening the Drawer Box - Pro Tip

Style Drawer Flush and USB Narrow outlets are ideal for narrow and shallow drawers but they do require at least 5" of space behind the drawer box, which may require a shortened drawer box to make space available for the in-drawer outlet to fit.

Applies to part numbers: Style Drawer Flush: 0290-00033, 0290-00033-U, 0290-00032, 0290-00032-U, 0290-00050, 0290-00050-U. USB Narrow: 0290-00078

Two Methods to Shorten the Drawer Box

There are a couple of ways to shorten your drawer box – dropdown a drawer box size (works with both undermount and sidemount slides) or move up the back panel of the drawer box.

1. Drop down a drawer box size
For Undermount Soft Close Slides

Undermount Soft Close slides come in standard sizes in 3" increments. For example -

  • A 24" base cabinet will use a 21" drawer box on 21" under-mount slides.
  • A 21" base cabinet will use a 18" drawer box on 18" under-mount slides.
  • A 18" base cabinet will use a 15" drawer box on 15" under-mount slides.

Recommendation - Drop down a standard drawer box size. So if your cabinet has a 21" deep drawer box, drop down to an 18" drawer box which creates 5" of space behind the drawer box.

To drop down a drawer box size, a new drawer box and new slides are required.
For Sidemount Slides

Sidemount slides come in a variety of sizes typically in 1" increments.

Recommendation - Reduce the drawer box and slide size until it creates the space needed behind the drawer box.

To drop down a drawer box size, a new drawer box and new slides are required.
2. Move the back panel of the drawer box (Cut the back out)

Using the drawers existing slides, it is possible to move the back panel of the drawer box forward to create the space needed behind the drawer box.

Pro-Tip - When you move the back panel of the drawer box forward, if possible cover from the back panel to the back of the drawer box so that when the drawer is open all of the way, you will not see the mechanical parts on the in-drawer outlet behinds the back panel.


Use Filler Space Behind the Back Wall of the Cabinet

Instead of shortening the drawer box, another option is to go in the opposite direction and utilize potential extra space that may be behind your cabinets.

Blade and Blade Duo outlets only require 2" of space behind the drawer box. While this works for most standard drawer boxes, some types have even less space available. If there is a filler gap between the back wall of your cabinets and the drywall, you can add a cutout to utilize that space and mount the Docking Drawer bracket directly to the drywall.

Here is an example of the cutout size needed for the Style Drawer 24 Blade:

May 18, 2020