Ikea assembly instructions missing?

Ikea wardrobe with ikea assembly instructions missingIkea assembly instructions missing? If your Ikea assembly instructions are missing after you purchase some used furniture, and you are faced with a big pile of wood with metal fixtures and hinges hanging off of them and you don’t know where to start, don’t worry here are some  quick tips to help you build your furniture quickly.

Believe it or not, having your Ikea instructions missing is less of a big deal if your furniture is used. Usually many of the dowell’s (The little round pieces of wood used to give the furniture strength) will be in place, so will hinges and other fixings. This gives you a guide as to which way around the different parts should be and will save you time fitting them again.

Below are a few basic steps that you should follow and you will be fine. It can seem like an impossible job at first, but if you go about it in a systematic way you’ll get the job done. Lastly, it won’t be the end of the world if you get something wrong because you can just re do it. If your Ikea assembly instructions are missing have no fear…

Step 1: Find your base.

Once you can see the base or footprint of the furniture you can then establish the footprint to determine if you have enough space to put it where you want it. Bases are often easy to spot because they have adjustable feet either fitted to them or have holes for them to be screwed into. People do not usually take these feet off when disassembling but if they have done then be sure to put these in before bringing the unit upright.

Step 2: Find the doors.

It’s then a good idea to find your doors and then lay them up against a wall. You can easily spot doors because they will have hinges and handles attached to them. By identifying the doors and laying them up against the wall it will help clear some space.

Step 3: Establish the sides.

At this stage you will now be left with the sides, the top, the back, and any shelves or drawers.  The sides will be the parts with hinge anchors attached,  runners for the draws or guides for the shelves. Clear a space on the floor and take one of the sides to lay down flat.

Step 4: Find the tops.

The tops will be fairly easy to find at this stage. If you are assembling a chest of draws then to top will have the nice flat finish with no holes on the top. The top of a wardrobe will be the same size as the base but without the feet.

Step 5: Attach sides to base and top.

You then take the base you found earlier and attach it to the sides. The key with this step is to make side you have the front edge of the pieces facing the front. You can easily see this because the back of Ikea products will be bare wood with a ledge routed out for the backs (thin hardboard pieces with small nail holes) to be nailed on. The backs and top attach to sides with long side ways screws, or the technical term is ‘Cam locks‘ and small wooden dowels.

*Another important step at this point, and one that can be a real pain to correct later on in the build is to ensure the bottom skirting is attached before you add the final side. The skirting is the small strip at the very bottom of either the wardrobe or chest that faces the front.

Step 6: nail on the back panels.

As mentioned, the back panel is the the thin hardboard which is normally laminated on one side in the colour of the final finish. The laminated side needs to face to the front of the furniture, or put another way, the wooden finish needs to face the wall. You need to first position the panel so it fits squarely into the grooves on the back and sides, then secure into place with one small panel now, then have a quick double check its in position before banging the rest of the pins around the edge. Use the existing holes or hammer the pins into new ones for extra strength.

Step 7: Position and add doors and/or draws and shelves.

You know just need to stand the unit up, put into position and secure the furniture to the wall, (see separate post for securing to the wall). When positioned you can then add the doors. These simply click into the hinge holders on the sides of the unit. If you have doors of different sizes then just look for the hinge holders that match the position of the doors. As for the draws, people will rarely remove the runners, so you simply just slide these in. Sometimes the fascias of the draws will be positioned slightly different on the actual draws so you may need to play around to find out which draw goes where. Ikea shelves within wardrobes, sit on small little pins that squeeze into hols on the sides of the unit.

Are your Ikea assembly instructions missing? Don’t panic! take the time to figure out which parts go where by following the advice above, your flatpack assembly  job will get done.


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