My Search for Ikea Jerker Bolts

Ikea, like the entire world, runs on the metric system. One day the anti-metric holdouts of USA, Liberia, Myanmar and Canada will join Ikea in metric glory. Hold on, Canada!, I thought Canada was metric? Well, only with posted speed limits, temperature and money; just try to buy metric bolts here. This is the sordid story of how got started.

It was a mild 15° Celsius day in May of 2015 when I went to Canadian Tire to get some metric bolts to finish putting my first Ikea Jerker together. I didn’t have enough bolts to put on the top shelf of my Ikea Jerker. Like a good Canadian citizen, I drove my usual 10 km above the posted speed limit in my quest for the precious metric bolts.

Much to my chagrin, I could not find any loose metric bolts at Canadian Tire. There were a few metric labeled bolts in plastic packaging but they were all the wrong size. Onto Home Depot. Home Depot did have some loose metric bolts but nothing that even came close to matching my precious little Ikea Jerker bolts.

Surely Lordco had them; Nop. Lee Valley Tools, no. Princess Auto, uh uh. Not at Rona either. Then I finally found the correct metric bolts at Acklands-Grainger but they cost $2.50 a bolt and you have to buy like a hundred bolts at a time, way too expensive. So I give up.

Bizarrely, I turned to Craigslist and started buying used Ikea Jerkers just for their bolts. Trolling Craigslist for used Jerkers got to be like an addiction more important even than coffee. Of the last two Ikea Jerkers that I bought, I gave away all of the pieces except for the precious black bolts and swing arms. After buying a total of four Jerkers I finally had enough bolts for two complete workstations, one sitting and one standing.

Then I figured it out, you buy the bolts from China.Image of black metric Ikea Jerker bolts, nuts, washers and a hex wrench

21 thoughts on “My Search for Ikea Jerker Bolts”

  1. This site is pretty darned interesting. I am also an IKEA Jerker addict. I’m looking for extensions, and the extension shelves. Turns out if you go to a big enough or weird enough hardware store, you can find the metrics for the Jerker, although the heads are different.

  2. I have one of these desks, IN WHITE, and can confirm this is an OEM finish. It came from the shop in that colour.

    I say I have one of these desks. What I actually have is a jigsaw. It’s one of these desks without the bolts. Have you a list of what I need to buy to build it? I can send you pictures of the completed desk in exchange

  3. Thanks for this information! We’re trying to redo my dad’s office for Christmas and reusing my Jerker desk from college. The bolts have gone missing, but the rest is still in great shape.
    Do you have the size and/or specs for the two cross braces that bolt the sides to the desk? That’s the last piece I’m missing. thanks!

  4. Apparently, this set doesn’t contain the bolts for the kickplate (whatever-its-name) at the bottom of the v.1 and the manual doesn’t seem to give any indication of its dimensions.

  5. Do you have the screw set for the Jerker V1?

    I guess I have V1, because all pictures of V2 I have seen resemble a “station” with high side columns etc.

    I have the IKEA product codes for the screws, bolts etc, but I have idea what their specifications are.

    Could you help out?

    I am most in need of
    – Screws with code number 110090
    – Screws with code number 100874
    – Screws with code number 110142
    – Screws with code number 100130

    1. I bought a Jerker desk recently where someone had put in 1 3/4 inch wood screws in, to secure the metal frame to the desktop, that were too short. I think the original 100874 were 45 mm long which is something like 1.78 inches. Here is a link to the specifications I found online (the bottom of the 2): I went to Home Depot and can unfortunately confirm that the #8 2 inch wood screws are too long. My local home depot did not have in stock #8 or #10 1 7/8 inch in stock. If you use the 2 inch screws then the tips will push up the surface of the desk on the other side and ruin the smooth finish. I couldn’t find the 1 7/8 inch screws in stores (at least in quantities or prices I would consider) and so you might have to order online. Make sure they are countersunk, for wood, and have the proper head.

  6. Thanks! These worked great. Now where do I get the bolts to hold on the extension shelves? I think I saw them somewhere

  7. Do you sell the supporting brackets for the big shelf – the ~8″ long thin metal piece that screws into both the big shelf and the side columns to prevent the main desk from drooping and creaking?

    1. Sorry Jackson. We do not have a source for those. Your best bet is to look for a used Jerker and cannibalize the parts.

  8. I am reassembling my jerker and cannot figure out how to attach the swing shelves. (I have 3, might be willing to part with 1 or 2… Not sure yet.) I have the bolts but they don’t stay in. One was attached when I disassembled so I know it works.

    I also have wire holders that insert. 2 small and 3 large. I don’t think I need them all anymore.


  9. Store is down? Wanted to buy a set. I have a few that are starting to foul.
    what are the dimensions of the bolts?

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