Some people admittedly seem to be naturals at putting together the nuts and bolts of flatpack furniture — who are you and where did you come from? — but for the vast majority of us, we simply wish there was an easier way.
Introducing the : The furniture version of Elle Woods' bend and snap, though in this case, you'll be doing a "click and snap" to put together a storage unit (we hear it works every time). The simple unit, which can be placed on the floor or mounted to the wall as a storage solution, trades nuts and bolts for IKEA's wedge dowels — a click-technique that makes it far quicker to assemble and disassemble the furniture, IKEA told ELLEDecor.com.
Behold, an EKET storage unit:
And behold, the wedge dowels:
Now, this isn't the first time IKEA has used wedge dowels to speed up the furniture-building process. The technique (inspired, in fact, by a traditional way of assembling furniture) was first introduced in 2013. The company's also uses the wedge dowels as an easier method of assembly — and we're excited to see the trend growing across IKEA products.
Here's how it works: A small, ribbed protrusion is installed in flat-packed furniture panels, and it perfectly fits like a puzzle piece into pre-drilled holes. In addition to making your life easier, it was created to eliminate the need for additional resources such as dozens of metal fittings, according to . Although some products will still require traditional assembly, IKEA plans to roll out more big furniture products that can click together.
Intrigued by the click and snap? Check out the video below to see how it all comes together.