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Published on July 8th, 2015 | by marylou


Hackers Help: Need help adjusting IKEA OLOV legs

Photo: IKEA.com

I have some IKEA OLOV adjustable legs. I have followed instructions many times … but they do not lock. It just slides down when I put the table upright???? HELP!


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10 Responses to Hackers Help: Need help adjusting IKEA OLOV legs

  1. Jared says:

    Try squeezing the stationary part of the leg near the junction with your other hand while you turn the adjustable end.

  2. TT says:

    After much frustration I found out these legs actually do work. Turn them counter clockwise to adjust and clockwise to tighten. Good luck!

  3. chris says:

    I just got these legs and one of them won’t adjust anymore I am so pissed. Does anyone know how to fix it? Also customer service keeps hanging up on me and I can’t get a hold of them!!! I am so mad at ikea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kc says:

      hold and turn counterclockwise to adjust to stop mark. then turn clockwise, you can find it start to tighten. if you want to adjust again hold and turn counterclockwise then adjust to desired height and then turn clockwise to lock.

  4. Krizta says:

    Terrible! I just got these along with the table top that goes along with it and not only is it too small for me because the adjustments won’t stay in place, the legs move around which is not supposed to happen! I keep trying to take it off so I can redo the legs but they’re stuck! I know ikea is one of the cheapest places to buy furniture but that doesn’t mean that the quality has to suck this bad!! Not happy. They better accept my return and give me something that ACTUALLY works this time!

  5. Teddy says:

    I too was struggling with adjusting the legs, but then I discovered that if you twist them to the height you want BEFORE screwing them into the table, they lock solidly very quickly. It also helped to hold them parallel to the ground while I was twisting. Table is now holding lots of weight at the maximum height. Good luck!

  6. CARROLL FIFE says:

    I am in line to return theses legs right because they collapsed under my frame. Not safe, Ikea.

  7. Walter says:

    You’re going to have to take it apart to get to the locking mechanism inside. I had the same problem and just ended up replacing them with better quality ones. Ikea legs are cheap knock-offs. If you din’t mind shelling out a bit more cash: http://www.tablelegsonline.com/28-x-2-3-8-adjustable-table-leg-27825.html

  8. Stella says:

    I could only once install these legs. When I tried to change the legs, they got lame.

  9. Jon says:

    I am not sure if it the same but I usually twist the other way pretty securely to make sure it is locked.

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