Building IKEA Furniture Will Never Be The Same
IKEA furniture will now be built in a snap.
Love IKEA, but hate their impossible furniture assembly? We feel you. Spending hours attempting to work with weird tools to make things fit together or spending money on having someone assemble it for you can be extremely frustrating. After years of hearing complaints, IKEA finally decided to create furniture that you can build in a snap. Literally.
The designers at IKEA developed a new joint called a wedge dowel that allows wooden furniture to be snapped together like a jigsaw puzzle, reports Dezeen. "IKEA furniture typically contains quite a lot of fittings," IKEA CEO Jesper Brodin told Dezeen. "So we thought, what happens if we try to take them out totally? We are now into the implementation phase of making it possible for you to click your furniture together."
Not only will it be easier to create these pieces, it's also easier to move them around. Without using any glue in the wedge dowel, customers can take items apart and rebuild them without damaging the structural integrity. Plus, it only takes minutes to complete. ""I actually put together a table which used to take me 24 minutes to assemble but took me three minutes to click together," said Brodin.
Unfortunately, the assembly method will be limited to wooden pieces. While more products with the joint be rolling out throughout the year, you can currently purchase STOCKHOLM cabinets with the wedge dowel, as well as the LISABO dining table shown below.
To learn more about the design process, check out this cool video from Dezeen about how the wedge dowel was created.