Ikea is selling furniture that you can assemble in minutes with your bare hands – Business Insider
People love Ikea furniture for its affordability but often dread
putting it together.
In 2013, the Swedish furniture giant came out with an easier
solution that allows you to assemble furniture in minutes without
a hammer, nails, or wrench.
Instead, furniture pieces connect with small knobs (“wedge
dowels”) that click into predrilled holes. You can disassemble
the furniture the same way, making moving much easier, Ikea’s
design manager, Marcus Engman, tells Business Insider.
Ikea just rolled out over 50 more
products that assemble with wedge dowels as part of a line of
cabinets and other storage units.The series, called EKET, is now
available online and in stores. The wedge dowel can cut assembly
time down by 80%, according to Ikea.
Engman tells BI that the company is developing a flat-pack sofa
with wedge dowels.
“It could be a completely new way of constructing upholstery,”
The wedge dowel was introduced in 2013 with the LISABO
table series. (The designers, Knut and Marianne Hagberg,
won a Red Dot Design Award for it in 2016.) The REGISSÖR
line, made up of a bookshelf, cabinets, and a coffee table,
included wedge dowels and
launched in 2014.
It’s a simple innovation that could solve a lot of Ikea consumer
headaches. To assemble (or disassemble) a bookcase or a kitchen
cabinet, all you need is your bare hands.
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