I finally got my Ikea Detolf glass door cabinet all fixed up! Here’s what it looks like all done up, cleaned and with some decorative items in it.
It is recommended that 2 people handle this due to the glass. Not only does it mean its fragile, its also very heavy! I found it hard to lift one panel by myself.
Fixing it up is a breeze. Just make sure you follow the instructions to the letter. Pay attention to the metal frame and where the side bits face – in or out. We made a mistake with cabinet #2 because of over confidence and ended up having to dismantle the whole thing.
Actually, I’d personally recommend that 3 people handle this if possible. I had dad and bro with me which was useful. There will be times when you need one person holding the glass already fixed, one person holding in place the glass to be fixed and one more putting it in place at the bottom. Its not going to be so easy with only 2 people handling it.
Also, looking at it, like all Ikea items, it looks sturdy but only when you have to fix it up do you know how flimsy it really is. That said, the 2 wooden pieces are very heavy and are what is really holding the cabinet in its place.
The only tool you’ll need is a phillips head (x head) screwdriver. Nothing else, which is great! I love simple fix-ups like that.
The only thing I don’t like is that although there is a hole for a spotlight to be fixed (All the pictures and display units come with the Non spotlight retailing at RM55) when you really want to fix the Non spotlight, you’ll find:
- the hole is too small for the spotlight to fit though. Its likely only for the wires.
- there is no hole for the screws holding the spotlight in place. You’ll have to drill the holes in.
I’d have preferred that the top panel come with littleÂ holes for the screws so I can just fix up the spotlight without having to drill extra holes. This is especially because I don’t have a drill and will now have to wait till my Dad’s free to help me out.
So, Ikea, do take note of this! The black-brown wooden panels are a new design. It used to be beech. Otherwise, its a display cabinet that’s value for money. At RM199 for tempered glass all round, its a steal!