How to buy an Ikea Jerker Desk

Ikea Jerkers on Craigslist in 2016

If you live near an older Ikea store, like I do, you’ll find that they come on the market fairly frequently, and sell just as frequently. Like the 1960s Volkswagen Beetle or the 1990 Toyota Tercel, the Ikea Jerker was very popular. You could almost say they are ubiquitous. That ubiquity means they are reasonably priced and their durability means they really hold their value.

When I was on the market for desks I paid between $100 and $200 for Ikea Jerker Version 1 and 2 desks. $40 for a swing shelf. $10 for other accessories.

My advice, be patient, make sure you get a desktop in good condition. Real photos, not ones taken off the web (or this site!). And, make sure that if the desk is a “disassembled” desk that the seller has all the bolts. A Jerker desk has metric bolts. Without these bolts the desk will ABSOLUTELY be unputogetherable.

Don’t believe the lies, Ikea Jerker bolts are not easily found at hardware stores, or from Ikea. IKEA DOES NOT HAVE THEM, ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU OTHERWISE IS LYING OR MISTAKEN.

Hardware stores also do not have them.

Again, the bolts are metric, expensive, and come in very specific lengths.

Luckily, we sell the bolts – this is how this website came to be.

4 thoughts on “How to buy an Ikea Jerker Desk”

  1. This site is awesome, glad to see the Jerker love.

    I unfortunately have to get rid of my beloved Jerker and is up for sale if anyone on this site is interested. It’s a birch beauty with additional silver top shelf and one swinging side printer shelf. Minimal scratches on the inside metal from having to disassemble to move it a couple of times.

  2. Hi. Any chance you still sell the bolts? Time for me to move my desk to a different office building. I love my Jerker. Bought it off of Craigslist 7 years ago. Had it at 3 different job sites – getting ready for the 4th. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.