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Archive for June, 2012

Ikea Panel Pin Guides

Thursday, June 21st, 2012


I am the technician in a senior school. I have seen these new panel pin holders that come in modern flat pack furniture that helps you hold the panel pins vertical and evenly spaced when attaching back panels.

Can you tell me if it is something you have come across? I took a couple to school to help my less able students, and those with physical impairments and they have been amazing. I could do with purchasing several dozen!

Any information would be great. Many thanks

Hi Nikki,

Whilst many suppliers include these, the only product I can think of which definitely does are the Ikea Pax wardrobes. I throw them away as I don’t use them. It would take an indeterminate time for me to save 12 for you.

You could try asking your local Ikea, as they regularly assemble new lines of furniture on site and may have a few lying around you could have? Or phone their customer service line?

Sorry I cannot be more help,


Argos Canvas furniture instructions

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

I wonder if you could please help me. I have been given a set of Argos Canvas furniture. One three shelved wardrobe and one three shelved set of shelves there are no instruction as to how to put it together.

I would be very grateful if you could help in any way at all.

Hi Anne,

Have a look for the item on the Argos website, many of the items have the instructions available for download as a PDF. Failing that find the product number (this is required) off the website or box and phone the Argos helpline and they will be able to send you a copy.


Replacement Gas Strutt for Ottoman

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

We think one of the locking gas canisters has gone and the bed won’t stay up when lifted. Can we get spares?

I would try the company that supplied your bed in the first place. If that is no use,you Can try Screwfix or Ironmongery Direct.

The strutt may have a rating on it indicating what pressure/weight it can support. You will need to get one that matches this.

Missing Hanging Rail

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I would like to aquire a further hanging rail and fittings for a two door mirror Rauch sliderobe wardrobe. can u help ?

You can try Rauch or check with your local independent furniture stores or Bensons. Any of these might be able to help. The actual rail is not that unusual so you could also try other places such as B&Q, Ironmongery Direct, Screfix etc.

Missing Side Panel

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I purchased a kingston merchant chest of drawers from Focus as they were closing down. I started putting them together but i am short of one side panel on the drawer. Is there anywhere i can get a hold of this part to complete the chest?

Hi Alan,

I very much doubt it. This item was probably sold as seen as well. You’ll either have to make do or just cut a peice of wood to size and attach it as best you can. For the effort required to do this properly you could probably buy a new unit?



Screw holes too small

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Hi, i’m putting together a John Lewis corner unit, (tvilum-scanbirk 65010) and 8 of the drill holes are too small to take the screws that are provided. All of the other pieces are matched up and accounted for so the only option I can see is to make the holes wider myself using a drill. Or could the instructions be wrong? Either way its not something I really want to have to do - any advice gratefully accepted.

Hi Phil,

I have never come across this type of problem with John Lewis furniture.

You have probably used the wrong screws elsewhere and therefore are left with screws that are too big for these holes. I would double check the quantities used in early steps against the inventory to see where you have done it. The screws you could have misused might not be holding other parts correctly so double check.

You can drill the holes wider if you are carefuly but this shouldn’t necessary and I am sure you have made a mistake earleir in yur assembly.


Lima Bedroom Suite Instructions

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Have purchased a lima bedroom suite overbed unit and no instructions with unit. Please advise of any downloads of assembly instructions

More than likely this is a Rauch wadrobe, contact their UK sales office. Failing that these are sold by Harveys/Bensons and they might be able to help.

How do you rmeove a Homebase drawer?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

How do you entirely remove/pull out a Homebase drawer after it has been assembled/inserted in the chest?

Hi John,

There are two screws on the inside of each drawer. These need to be unscrewed before you can remove the drawer form the runners. There is another type which has clips underneath but the first suggestion is mostly likely what you have.


Repair wardrobe side panel

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

hi do you have any tips on how to repair wardrobes where someone has lifted them by the side panel and the metal peg that screws into the side panel (and then is has the circular cross head lock on the other end in the shelf or base) has been ripped from the hole taking some of the surrounding wood with it so the hole is now to big and the side panel just pulls away?

Hi Gary,

Firstly, you might need to strengthen the joint. If the damage is at the base, this will probably mean removing the contents and the doors, before tipping the wardrobe onto its front. This will give you access to the base where you can secure one or more small L brackets or plastic blocks. Once this is done you can stand the wardrobe up again. If it is at the top then you will need to effect a similar repair discretely.

If you have any of the damaged wood particles, I would use some PVA wood glue and push these into position around the hole. This will take around 24 hours to dry. You should be able to push these pieces back and cover the hole to some extent. Use a reasonable amount of glue to ensure it is solid and wipe away any excess.

To tidy up the visual aspect. Nip into yuor local Tool Station who supply wax touch up crayons in a variety of finishes they are likely to have a pack which will match. These cost about £3-£5 each so are not expensive and will cover up the mess nicely.


Missing Grubs Screws - The cheek!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012


No you didn’t. I don’t sell furniture!