IKEA stores is the world’s largest furniture shop offering a wide range of home furnishings, appliances, cooking equipment, kitchen utensils, and kitchen accessories. However, whenever I have to dismantle IKEA products, I often wonder how to remove the screws.
First, make sure the fastener is not locked by removing or lifting any bolts attached to the side. Screw a 1-2 mm screw into the fastener’s X-area, such that the screw kind of locks onto the fastener. You can then wiggle it out.
If you’ve lived in any of the countries where IKEA is common, you might have bought one or two pieces of furniture and should be aware of their screws and fasteners. You should keep reading to find out more about IKEA screws and fasteners, and how to remove them.
What Are IKEA Fasteners Called?
IKEA screws are familiar to anyone who has ever assembled an IKEA product because they are usually part of the total package. An average consumer unfamiliar with their proper names will refer to them as Cam lock nuts and cam screws. However, knock-down and Confirmat fasteners are the appropriate terms for these screws.
Advantages and Disadvantages of IKEA Screws and Fasteners
The first advantage is that you can quickly drive them in with a Philips screwdriver, which almost everyone has lying around in a drawer somewhere. Cam lock nuts and screws also allow for a quick and labor-saving connection. Manufacturers can also use them with Butt joints, the simplest and least expensive thing to cut when producing.
The drawbacks, on the other hand, are more severe. The most significant disadvantage is that they are designed for particleboard, which doesn’t respond well to fasteners.
Driving a screw in at a small angle is supposed to be a straightforward process. But this does not apply to particle boards.
When you insert the screw into the cam lock nut, the screw is driven straight into the particle board fibers. This weakens the point of engagement between the screw threads and the mushy particle board fibers. Utilizing numerous cam lock nuts and screws along a single edge will be necessary to get a barely bearable connection.
Lastly, because cam lock nuts are unattractive, IKEA designers placed them on the insides or undersides of surfaces to prevent you from seeing them at first glance.
Although their disadvantages appear to outweigh their advantages, they’ve been a staple of IKEA’s flat-pack product line for a long time. Independent manufacturers continue to produce these items because of IKEA’s global image. Fortunately, IKEA’s designers are working on a revolutionary connection mechanism that offers substantial advantages over traditional cam lock nut connections.
How To Remove IKEA Screw Fastener
Some of the manufacturers do not screw the nuts into place. They simply wedge the screws the hole into the opposite piece of wood and tighten the bolt that connects the two pieces of wood together.
To remove the screws, loosen the cam and pull out the connecting bolt. It should be pretty straightforward. If you still need to remove the cam component of the fastener, it should be easy to do so because it will just fall out.
If it doesn’t fall out, just slip a small screwdriver into the hole in the connecting bolt and lift it out of the socket. If you’re having a problem with this, then your furniture probably has the nuts screwed into their holes. If this is the case, remove or lift any bolts attached to the side to ensure that it is not locked.
Screw a 1-2 mm screw into the fastener’s X-area from the outside such that the screw locks onto the fastener. This prevents the screws from removing. Then you’ll be able to wiggle it out.
Avoid using a screwdriver machine as this could damage the fastener.
What Are IKEA Anchors?
Aside from screws, IKEA also has anchors that you can use to hold any furniture in place. Anchoring kits (also known as furniture restraints) are composed of two brackets that you couple together with a strap or wire. You’ll have to fasten one bracket into the piece of furniture.
At the same time, screw the other into a wall stud to provide additional support for the piece. Each bracket connects to the next by a connecting strap or cable, which you then tighten into position.
What Type of Anchors Should You Use in Your Home?
Professionals recommend childproofing kits that include nylon webbing or braided steel cable straps to keep children safe. Some manufacturers of children’s furniture have begun to incorporate these kits into their products.
Nonetheless, you can purchase your own kit if the tethers in these products are not made of nylon webbing or steel cable. Don’t procrastinate the anchor installment, as there could be dangers attached to leaving your furniture lying around, especially around your children. Buy an aftermarket anchor on the same day as your new furniture if possible.
But if you cannot buy one that day, you should set the furniture using the anchor that comes with it and then consider upgrading later.
Is It Necessary to Anchor Every Piece of Furniture in Your Home?
When it comes to anchoring their furniture, many people focus on the items in their child’s bedroom or playroom. However, you should expand your child’s horizons outside those two places unless they are the only spaces where they spend time. This should include your kitchen, dining area, and living room.
Aside from smaller frames, you should also know that it is important to anchor heavy furniture. Remember that just because something is heavy does not mean it will not topple over.
Even though the processes might differ, you can still anchor furniture to any type of wall. This includes Drywall, plaster walls, and masonry walls.
How Do You Remove IKEA Anchors?
You can remove IKEA anchors by removing the screws that hold the anchor intact. Before doing this, ensure you have taken off the furniture from the anchor. Also, ensure no children are around while you’re removing your anchors.