I'm trying to design a bathroom linen closet and would like to include a
variation on the toe kick drawer idea. I would like to use the drawer to
hide the bathroom scale. This would save a lot of floor space in a tiny
The concerns I have are over support and stability. Can I get slides
that will support at least 300 lbs? Secondly, when the drawer is fully
extended I would like to have it "lock" in place so someone can stand on
the scale without it slipping back into the cabinet. It would be nice if
this "locking" mechanism could be unlocked without having to bend over.
Thanks for the advice and references.
Rather than the drawer slides supporting all the weight I would be
thinking of having a couple feet at the front and allow the "drawer"
to tip a bit when fully extended so the feet can reach the floor. Or
use locking casters.
Why not just have the "drawer" slide on the floor. You could add UHMW
poly runners, but I'm not sure that's even necessary. For a drawer
latch get the type where you push the door, and pops the door open,
then when you push again it latches closed. You'd have to rig a spring
or two behind the drawer (between the back of the drawer and the wall).
In use, you would push the front of the drawer with your toe, the
drawer pops out a bit, then you drag the drawer fully open with you
Support at least 300 pounds? Most scales only go up to 280 or 300
pounds, but if you're in that territory I'd seriously reconsider the
drawer slides idea. You need some fold down support, maybe
incorporated into the drawer front, or have the scale fold down, with
supporting fold out feet. It could be mounted on the closet door or
inside the cabinet at the bottom.
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