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Installing Sliding Stays

On casual study sliding stays will often seem the obvious choice for applications in which a hinged panel needs restraint. Think twice before committing yourself to these stays because while they may seem the closest hardware relation of a simple chain or rope they differ in one important feature. In the closed position a chain or rope stay simply hangs wherever gravity takes it and no real consideration needs to be given to where it ends up. By contrast the rigid arm of a sliding stay will swing across a significant area as it closes and this area must be kept clear of obstruction.

We have provided mounting positions for our various sizes of sliding stays in both desk and chest applications. Also provided is a clearance requirement for each situation. If this clearance is not available these stays cannot be used. As often as not a folding stay will serve the same purpose and require much less clearance.


Sloping Fall Front Desk 60 (no less)

Sliding stay dimensions for a sloping fall front desk of 60 degrees (no less)
Item # A B C D
203SS2 4" 5 11/16" 3 5/8" 9 1/4"
203SS1 3 1/2" 4 1/8" 2 13/16" 8"
203SS3 2 1/2" 3" 2" 6"

Vertical Fall Front Desk

Sliding stay dimensions for a vertical fall front desk
Item # A B C D
203SS2 4" 8 1/2" 1/2" 14"
203SS1 3 1/2" 6 1/2" 1/2" 12"
203SS3 3" 4" 1/2" 9"

Chest or Box

Sliding stay dimensions for a chest or box
Item # A B C D
203SS2 7" 5" 1/2" 6"
203SS1 5 1/4" 3 7/8" 1/2" 5"
203SS3 4" 2 3/4" 1/2" 4"