Tools for IKEA Furniture Assembly – Frugal Novice

Tools for IKEA Furniture Assembly

Furniture from IKEA is sleek, stylish and modern. A large portion of our house is furnished from IKEA – in fact, we just added this cabinet from there to our kitchen a couple of weeks ago – it serves as a great pantry, don’t you think?

IKEA furniture is also, more than likely, unassembled. The great thing about IKEA items are the detailed instructions and easy assembly. Here are the most common tools to have on hand prior to assembling or building IKEA furniture.

Screwdrivers are handy tools for any type of furniture assembly, particularly IKEA items. Flat-head and Philips screwdrivers should be part of the tool kit. A wide variety of sizes is not particularly necessary. Most IKEA furniture assembly only requires a screwdriver of moderate size. However, having a miniature screwdriver nearby could be useful for fixing building mistakes or making adjustments.

No furniture-building project is safe without a hammer. IKEA furniture assembly typically does not necessitate the use of a hammer. However, if a wooden peg does not fit a hole when it should, a swift, careful blow from a hammer could do the trick.

Wood Glue
Speaking of pegs, officially known as dowels, a container of wood glue should be part of your building kit. IKEA furniture frequently substitutes dowels for screws. Using wood glue is a great way to fortify the furniture’s construction.

Allen Wrench
Allen wrenches (also known as hex keys) are probably THE ubiquitous tool for building IKEA furniture. In fact, so many of IKEA’s furniture designs require the use of an Allen wrench that the tool is included with many of its purchases. Buying enough furniture items from IKEA probably racks up a surplus of these wrenches for future use. However, it never hurts to have one — just in case the item does not include an Allen wrench.

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  • courtney b November 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

    i love ikea.. they are #1 for organization stuff!

  • Sarah November 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Our place is furnished with mostly Ikea also. I find IKEA is the best for utilizing small space. :-D

    • Christi December 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

      I totally agree! Our house is fairly small, but I really love seeing the displays in IKEA of what you can do with REALLY small apartments, etc. – pretty amazing.

  • Karen Medlin November 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Looks great for a pantry!
    My favorite place to shop! The kids love browsing the toy section, the best I purchased was the trofast storage units!

    • Christi December 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

      IKEA has such amazing storage solutions, don’t they? And our kids love the toys there too (I don’t mind them either, since they’re generally pretty affordable)!

  • Mike Barone December 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

    These are definitely some of the necessary tools needed to assembly this type of furniture. Using a cordless screw gun on a low torque setting will also save you a bunch of time when doing these IKEA projects.