Wooden drawer slides VS Metal darwer slides?

Whether it is a closet, dressing table, desk, or TV cabinet in the family, we usually cannot lack the operation of “opening and closing the drawer” when we handle the items in it! As for the two most commonly used drawer guides, solid wood and hardware, which one is more suitable for our home life? Let’s see the breakdown below!

When it comes to guide rails, it is a big booster to help us successfully complete the pulling process. However, due to its different materials, in actual application, there are many differences in the volume, dirt resistance, and aesthetics.

Speaking of this, let’s explore and compare in detail, which one of these two guide rails fits our taste buds.

Noise Level

I usually pull and close the drawer, if there is always a sharp noise, it will undoubtedly make myself and my family feel very troublesome. Especially in the quiet hours of the night, I just feel bored. In view of this, it is necessary for us to explain and compare the noise reduction of the two.

For hardware rails, because there are many screws, steel balls and other accessories on it, when we pull it hard, it will inevitably cause these accessories to shake and sway violently, which will cause loud noises. Therefore, such rails made of stainless steel or iron art have poor noise reduction capabilities. Friends who are sensitive to this noise are not recommended to buy them. As for the solid wood rails, they are close to the main body of the cabinet and have low friction. so the noise they bring is much lower than that of the hardware rails mentioned above.

Of course, hardware drawer slides with high-precision damping devices can also have the effect of reducing noise. Vadania Soft Close Drawer Slides VK1245, which design hydraulic soft/self-closing function to prevent the drawer from slamming shut.

Using such hardware drawer slides will hardly generate additional noise. In short, most solid wood drawer slides are better than hardware drawer slides in terms of noise reduction.

Dirty resistance

The degree of dirt resistance also needs to be understood by us. After all, a large amount of dust and dirt will accumulate within a few days, which is too time-consuming and laborious to take care of.

The stain resistance of furniture is mainly affected by the shade of the color. Like hardware rails mostly in white, black, and dark brown, even if there is a little dirt on them, they will be exposed after opening. In addition, the guide rails of this kind of material usually have uneven inner and outer layers, and there are many gaps. It is more difficult to wipe and clean.

On the other hand, solid wood materials tend to be similar in color to the cabinets. If fine particles such as dust are not obvious, it is basically difficult to see the dirty phenomenon. In addition, the solid wood component guide rail is flat and smooth, and the cleaning experience is very convenient and easy. Therefore, in terms of the degree of dirt resistance, it can be said that the solid wood material completely beats the hardware rail.


To judge the aesthetics of household items, in addition to seeing their own appearance, you should also see whether they are in harmony with the whole.

Regarding the aesthetics of wooden rails and metal rails, it needs to be put in different styles of furniture. Like some solid wood rails, matching them in Chinese, Japanese or American traditional style furniture will help them quickly integrate into it and look more coordinated. Rails such as hardware are often well connected with modern minimalist furniture such as Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Generally speaking, the aesthetics between the guide rails needs to be judged according to the actual style characteristics.