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Published on July 4th, 2017 | by Contributor


Glass cabinet with magnetic door catch: FABRIKÖR Fix

The IKEA FABRIKÖR Glass Cabinet, fabulous as it is, can only be opened by turning a key in a cam lock. It does not seem made for heavy use and the lock and key on my IKEA FABRIKÖR Glass Cabinet broke no less than 3 times.

IKEA FABRIKÖR glass cabinet


Materials for IKEA FABRIKÖR glass cabinet with magnetic door catch:

  • IKEA FABRIKÖR Glass Cabinet
  • Brushed nickel knob with a flat base
  • Short threaded screw
  • Washer
  • Magnets x 2
  • Strong glue
  • Hack saw to shorten screw (if required)

Originally, you turn the key in the lock to open the door. The FABRIKÖR glass and metal swing door relies on the door latch to keep it shut. When the cam lock broke there was no way to open the door and maintain it in closed position.


The cam lock eventually broke into two.


I didn’t see anyone else changing this out, so I tried it myself. Used a brushed nickel knob, a washer and a modified length threaded screw for the handle in place of the lock.

Brushed nickle knob with flat base

Shorten the threaded screw

Attach with washer

Also glued some very thin but strong magnets to the inside corners to keep the door shut. Pretty simple, but it works great now!

IKEA FABRIKÖR glass cabinet - magnetic door catch

I made a video of how it’s done.

See full instructions on my blog here.

~ by Ryanne Hodson

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