IKEA Now Has “Disassembly Instructions” to Make Your Moves Easier

published Feb 23, 2021
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Break out that allen wrench: Putting together IKEA furniture can be frustrating even with instructions, but have you ever tried taking it apart? There hasn’t been a manual for that — until now.

IKEA recently announced that their products will include not only their famous assembly manuals, but also disassembly manuals. It sounds like a joke, but it actually has practical uses. For instance, storage will be easier since you’ll be able to put your furniture back in its box. If you’re moving, transporting a sofa in bits and pieces, as opposed to carrying the entire thing, will be less strenuous.

So far, the Swedish flat-pack company will make the disassembly instructions available for the following products: the BILLY bookcase, LYCSELE sofa bed, MALM desk, PAX wardrobe, BRIMNES bed, and POANG chair.

IKEA hopes that these “reverse manuals” will prolong the life of their products, as well as teach consumers about the importance of “reversing climate change at this critical time.”

Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, explained: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IKEA and we remain committed to introducing new ways to promote circular consumption, in order to help meet our goal of becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030, in addition to making sustainable living accessible and affordable to all.”

Previously, also as part of their sustainability push, IKEA announced that they’ll be selling spare parts so you can repair broken but still-serviceable furniture instead of buying new ones. The company is also testing a furniture buy-back program and plans to stop selling single use batteries.