The Ikea Help Thread

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  1. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    This is probably long overdue, but I figure with so many opinions about Ikea quality floating around, it'd be a good idea to put together a thread where everyone can voice their thoughts on what to stay away from, what's a bargain and how you can improve certain products. e.g. that chest of drawers that doesn't close right, those bowls that chip easily, how to improve a buffet with a little paint etc.

    I've found that this is an awesome resource if you want ideas on how to customize certain Ikea pieces to better suit your needs. http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/

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  2. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    The dresser drawer fix

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    If you've got a dresser or set of drawers that uses a particle board bottom which slips into 1/4" grooves to stay in, it's a good idea to gorilla glue or epoxy that bitch in there. The reason being that if you've got something heavy in that drawer, the bottom will bow causing the board to slip out of the groove and down into the drawer below. Meaning that every time you open the top drawer it'll take the one below it with it.
     
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    hacks and proper assembly make Ikea stuff waaay better.
     
  4. verbal

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    I just bought a chest of drawers that I'm still putting together. I will do this when I put the drawers together. Any recommendation on which epoxy to use?

    I also have two two-drawer chests and one drawer on each one hangs up on something the last couple inches when closing. Wish I could figure out what so it closes more smooth.
     
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    Gorilla Glue is great on wood. Don't get it on ur hands though.

    Pull out the drawer and inspect the slides - look for wear mark, missing runner, or splinters/debris.
    You can rub the slides with a candle and they'll close smoother.
     
  6. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    use the gorilla glue. it's more than adequate. I used it on mine :hs:
     
  7. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    Malm Bed Vinyl Wrap

    This is just fucking cool :coold:

    http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/03/jazz-up-your-bed-frame-with-digital.html

    james was in italy and noticed custom modern beds that were screen printed on, going in upwards of $6,000. so he decided to try it himself and went to a local graphic shop and dug into their scrap pile. here is what he came up with for his malm bed frame.

    james says, "it is just a simple digital print on adhesive backed vinyl, applied on the front of all the vertical surfaces. the hack cost me nothing more then a 1/4 tank of gas, and looks great and everyone asks where i 'bought it'.

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    Thanks for starting the thread. I was trying to look into the quality of the Malm series since I've basically decided on it for my room (barring it being shitty, of course).
     
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    ikea is def you get what you pay for imo...there are great deals, but the dirt cheap stuff is poor quality, ie dishware and rugs.

    My old roomie had the dinera line of dishware and that stuff chipped so bad just washing it in the sink and loading it in the dishwasher.
     
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    They're very new and have seen minimal opening and closing so far. But I'll still look for wear marks.
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    Lack Shelf Credenza

    So apparently this guy built this credenza from lack shelves, a couple of tracks, a set of hairpin legs (for that midcentury look) and some plexiglass. He doesn't give instructions though :(

    Forego the hairpin legs and get some generic Ikea ones and the entire project shouldn't be more than $150 or so

    Also, there should be a center support in there to prevent sagging, but it needs to be set back from the front doors by an inch.

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  12. verbal

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    Regular Gorilla Glue or wood Gorilla Glue?
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    I just bought the regular stuff and it held up just fine :dunno:
     
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    Anyone have a 5 or 6 drawer chest? Just finished putting mine together yesterday. I gorilla glued the drawers together from an earlier recommendation, but I never put in those grey wedges before the glue dried. Now I'm unable to properly put them in. What are they for anyway?
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    grey wedges?
     
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    ifl, great thread idea
     
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    :wavey: I have the 6 drawer chest...I cant remember what wedges your referring to though.
     
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    Great thread, I'll be sure to view that blog too.
     
  19. verbal

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    You flip the larger drawers over and it slips between the base and the back of the drawer. Then you screw it in.
     
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    Ikea is having a tax free sale at all LA and OC locations, time to pick up my malm bed and night stand!
     
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    I never thought about this....attaching vinyl to your bed = quick and effective way on changing the look of your bed.

    I have the birch coloured malm bed that i'm looking to change up because I want something a little darker.
     
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    Chau if i wanted to kill you, i would've come in here s

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    i have soo much ikea stuff :o didn't even mean to get it from ikea, almost all my furniture except for my couch and bed is from craigslist :o
     
  23. ihaveanevilplan

    ihaveanevilplan Everybody wake up, wake up, it's time to get down Moderator

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    i like this thread :cool:
     
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    :bigthumb::bigthumb: In for later
     
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    ikea just opened 30min from me yussss
     

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