Blum Drawer Slides
There are five different types of Blum drawer slides available. Two of
the drawer slides Blum manufactures reflect your basic idea of drawer slides.
Those are Blum's Standard drawer slides, which are side mounted, and their
drawer slides, which are undermounted.
BLUM'S DRAWER SLIDES AND ACCESSORIES
- Metabox - an economical metal drawer system
- Metafile - a file drawer system that can be
used with any drawer guide system
- Tandem - a concealed runner system for wood
- Tandembox - a high end metal drawer system,
grey or stainless steel
- Solo - an economical undermount (concealed)
- Standard - economical drawer slides
- Orga-line - Blum's high end drawer dividing
system that's dishwasher safe and stainless steel
- Spacecorner - a new, neat way to utilize that
blind corner area by making it a stack of easily accessible drawers
- Syncromotion - a Blum system that helps put a
Tandembox Space corner (utilizing base corner areas efficiently - it is a
corner drawer stack) in a kitchen with tight reveals. Having a tight
reveal simply means the cabinet drawer fronts are in close proximity to other
cabinet fronts, and opening the drawer will result in it hitting the other
fronts adjacent to it (because the drawer is in a corner).
- Tip-on for Tandem - Blum's add-on to allow
drawers with or without handles to open easily with just a gently push on
them. This is something new from Blum.
- Blumotion - Blum's hydraulic mechanism that
can be attached to the bottom of a drawer, or in use with hinges too, that
allows your door or drawer to close silently and effortlessly.
We love Blum's Metabox drawer slides. Metabox is actually an entire
drawer system. We used Blum Metabox all the time in our custom cabinet
shop. The photo at right is of a Metabox Blum
The sides are white or cream, which is steel that is coated in epoxy.
When used in conjunction with white interiors (like white thermal melamine) it
makes for a really neat and clean looking cabinet interior. They are also
very easy to clean.
We were always asked by customers if the epoxy coating would stand up.
We rarely saw this coating scratched. If it was, it came that way from the
manufacturer in error.
The Metabox Blum drawer slides are also heavy duty. They hold up to 100 lbs.
and are self-closing (what Blum calls their Blumatic self-closing action). Several of our customers (myself included) load up
their drawers with cans, even two or three high. You can easily do this with Blum's
interior rollouts. The photo at right is of a
Metabox rollout with a wood front. Your cabinet maker may make the fronts differently.
They are NOT tinny, or cheap in any way. Some people think of steel or
metal drawers and think they must be cheaply built, or not sturdy (I'll admit
there are some awful, cheap metal drawers from the 30's to 50's that were like
this). This is not Blum Metabox.
You can also add Blumotion to a drawer opening, then your drawer will also close
silently. You could just add door bumpers, but the effect won't be as
nice and you won't be protected from slamming drawers like with Blumotion.
Metabox is an inexpensive drawer system, but it is really high quality.
Not only did we use Metabox almost exclusively at our custom cabinet shop, we
have Metabox in every drawer in our own home. This includes the kitchen,
laundry, three baths, desk unit with file drawers, and entertainment center.
We built the cabinets eight years ago, and the Metabox drawers are just like
The only other systems we used at all in our custom cabinet shop were Tandem
and Tandembox, but really only rarely, because our customers did not want to pay
for the expense that comes with the very high quality
of Tandem or
Tandembox. We found the Solo and
Standard Blum drawer slides to be okay, but not high enough quality for a custom
The photo at right is of a Blum drawer slide system,
using Metabox with Metafile. Metafile can be used with any
drawer system, not just Blum.
IF YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR OWN CABINETS
Blum.com or talk
to your distributor for more information about building and installation
METABOX FOR THE HOMEOWNER
If you are a consumer, I would seek out Metabox drawers for my home.
Ask your custom cabinet shop if they use Metabox (or Tandem or Tandem box if you
can afford those types of drawers). If you are purchasing factory
cabinets, beware. There are metal drawers that look like Metabox, but
aren't. The don't have the quality or guarantee that Blum Metabox has.
BLUM'S LIFETIME GUARANTEE
Did I mention Blum Metabox, along with all Blum products have a Lifetime
Guarantee against defects? This is not only for Blum drawer slides, but
also includes their hinges too (yes,
You will need to mail your part to Blum itself (if your cabinet
maker is accommodating, they will mail it for you). Go to
Blum.com for details on how to return your
hardware for a replacement if needed.
In almost 15 years in the custom cabinet shop, and building over 400
kitchens, plus hundreds of bath vanities, entertainment center and the like, we
only had to replace a piece of Blum hardware a handful of times. And
usually, the breakage was really due to abuse (kids playing hard, swinging on
We never replaced a drawer part, only some hinge mounting plates (not even a
Blum really has fantastic products. We used them. We know.
As long as they are installed right, they'll last for several decades to come.
BLUM'S TANDEM DRAWER SYSTEM
Some people just like the look of a wood drawer. A terrific system for wooden drawers is Blum's Tandem Drawer System.
These drawers are a cut above almost every undermount type of runner system.
The photo at right shows a deep drawer utilizing Blum's
Tandem runner system. Notice the Orga-line
interior divider system is being used in this drawer.
Why Tandem Drawers are More Expensive Than Metabox
- A cabinet maker will charge more to build a drawer
out of wood. The wooden box is not better than the steel Metabox, but it
is much more time consuming to build.
- Tandem Blum drawer slides themselves are more
expensive than Metabox drawer slides.
- It takes more labor to install Tandem drawers than
Metabox drawers. Metabox drawers could be installed in just a few
minutes by someone who knows how. Just one Tandem drawer could take 15
minutes or more.
If you or your cabinet maker adds Blumotion to a Tandem Box drawer, you won't
believe how silently and effortlessly the Blum drawer slides close. It is just
wonderful and feels like a feather.
Tandem's Characteristics Include:
- Are a Concealed Runner system
- Are Steel that has been coated in Zinc
- Have Blumatic Self-Closing Action
- Integrated One Piece Runner Profile with Nylon
- Available in 3/4 and Full Extension
- Hold 100 lbs.
- There is a Heavy Duty Series that holds 125 lbs.
- Because they are Undermount, you see the Drawer when
opened, not the Runner. It looks really nice and works great.
TANDEM BOX DRAWER SYSTEM
Blum's Tandem Box drawer system is an all steel system, in either gray or
stainless steel. The gray is less expensive than the stainless steel, but
works the same.
Tandem Box Blum drawer slides have the durability of steel and a classy look
and feel. They roll exceptionally well, and can utilize the Blumotion
system as well.
The photo above is of a stainless steel Tandem Box
drawer, utilizing the Orga-line
interior dividers. The photo at left is a Blum drawer slides system that
can work under some sinks. It is a Tandem Box that is also using the
Other Features of Blum's Tandem Box Drawer System
- Are Full Extension Drawers
- Installation and Removal is simple
- With Blumotion's hydraulic mechanism attached to the
bottom of a drawer, your drawers will be silent and function exceptionally
well (close and open easily).
- Is a three sided drawer system (like Metabox) with
the decorative drawer front easily attached with fixing brackets.
- Are made of a Double-walled construction
- Utilize the Tandem concealed running mechanism in
the drawer sides.
- Hold up to 100 lbs.
- Look Great when opened- Really Classy and Top of the
Line, especially in a kitchen with stainless steel appliances.
Space Corner is Blum's answer to any corner, but is especially useful in what
would otherwise be a blind corner situation. The
photo at right is of a Space Corner that was built using Blum drawer slides, the
Tandem concealed slides for wooden drawers.
Space Corner is a kit, or set of materials that Blum manufactures to make
building a corner like this easier.
there are many ideas and construction specifications to make it easier to build
a corner cabinet like this.
Features of Space Corner Include:
- Full Extension
- Use of Tandem box drawer system (Double wall steel
undermount drawer slides) or of Tandem concealed slides for wooden drawers.
- Access all the way to the back corner - use of the
- Quiet and easy operation
- Holds up to 110 lbs.
The photo at right is of a Space Corner using Blum
drawer slides too, but in this application Blum's Tandem Box system was used for
a stainless steel look.
Notice that when this drawer was built, even the very back corner is usable
space, holding a crock.
WE CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT BLUM!!!
Blum Hardware is really good stuff. They are excellent products that
have been tested and engineered for best performance.
From a woodworker's standpoint, they are relatively easy to use and install
and last for years.
From the homeowners view, they are a must have for their ease of use and
We loved using Blum Drawer Slides and other Blum hardware in our custom
cabinet shop. We looked at many brands, but choose Blum for overall
durability, design, and ease of use.
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