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Published on March 20th, 2013 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Hacker help: How to remove Hemnes drawers?

Photo: IKEA.com

Materials: HEMNES 3 drawer chest

Description: HELP ME ! I’m moving and I’m trying to dismantle my Ikea bookcase. I can’t get or figure out how to get the drawers out of the slides, so I can dismantle the rest of the bookcase.

Thank you

~ Russ, Bristol, CT

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11 Responses to Hacker help: How to remove Hemnes drawers?

  1. Amy S. says:

    I have the 6 drawer tall hemnes dresser. One of the smaller top drawers is stuck inside the dresser and only comes out about 2 inches. Have tried everything to get it out. It won’t budge. Can’t even take it apart enough to get it out will have to disassemble the whole thing. Help – need ideas on what else to do!

  2. Annnn says:

    When I first aseembled my Hemnes 6 drawer tallboy I secured all joints and bases with selleys Platinum silicone (a stronger form of super glue but not as brittle, to allow a small amount of movement. An Australian product). If the Hemnes had a middle support structure (as it is a wider than normal tall boy) I wouldn’t have resorted to siliconing every joint and drawer. In the mean time what I did discover from the 2012 version of the 6 drawer Hemnes chest made in China and bought from Australia were the bases of the drawers (some kind of cheap ply or fortified cardboard) would crack if the drawers were half full. Now I have to work out a way to remove the bases (since I glued them and added a middle support structure to each drawer. If anyone could provide me with an adequate silicone glue remover so I can change the bases of my Hemnes Drawers I’d be most appreciative

  3. Lew says:

    I guess you have the soft-closing runners otherwise it would simply lift out. Open the drawer. Look underneath and at the front of the runner on the inside you see a little square tab (in the manual this has the word “Click” written next to it and you push it outwards). Pull this towards the inside of the drawer if you think it can’t go any further, apply a little more force and you will hear a click. You can now lift out the drawers.

  4. Hayley says:

    I need to disassemble then reassemble my Hemnes drawers because they’re pulling apart. Anyone know how to do this?

  5. Nicole says:

    I need help figuring out how to fix my screw up. I assembled the drawers incorrectly and now need to take them apart in order to assemble them correctly. Does anyone have any advice for dismanteling the drawers for the Hemnes dresser? I fear that if I try to remove the plastic nails that hold the dresser together it will create more of a problem making the holes too big when I try and reassemble. Another thought was to drill new holes to attach the roller track and attach a washer to make it hold tight. Any ideas?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Two different type of slide: one is a simple version (as noted in the reply on 20 March) – which are a simple slide-out, angle and lift. The other sort is more complicated – which I ahve been battling with; these have a ‘security’ lock on them that prevent easy removal (presumably to stop toddlers from being crushed by falling drawers!). I haven’t figured how to remove the slides from the drawers, so have just unscrewed the whole assembly – I’ll repost if I find a way to do it more gracefully!

  7. Anonymous says:

    You mean you’re just trying to remove the drawer from the frame? You just pull it out all the way and angle it downward, while lifting slightly up over the wheel and off the slide. However, to pull it out all the way, you may need to help it over a couple small stops, lifting up slightly to allow it to roll over these, while it rolls out. Does that make sense? Really, it’s far less complicated than you’re thinking it is. If you can’t get it at first, play with it a little, lifting and angling, and you’ll probably get it out fairly easily. However, usually the backs are nailed on, so it’s unlikely you can dismantle the frame. Instead, you could pack the drawers, take them out to load the frame, put them back into frame in truck, do same upon arrival at destination. Good luck!

  8. Anonymous says:

    they have a security on them, so u have to lift and slant .. see manual and do the opposite .. it’s a nack but quite easy .. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/assembly_instructions/hemnes-chest-of-drawers__AA-604009-3_pub.pdf

  9. Kristin says:

    There may be a little tab to depress. It will be plastic, and located at the end of the slide. I assembled a few Hemnes dressers for a friend several years ago and that’s how I recall them working.

  10. Anonymous says:

    simply pull it completely out and lift the drawer front upwards. You should now be able to pull them out

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