Why I switched from Ikea Jerker Version 1 to Version 2

My last Ikea Jerker Version 1 desk

When I started using Ikea Jerkers (or collecting them might be a better way of putting it) I started with the Version 1. I paid $200 for it and collected about five or six (or maybe seven) after that. I ultimately settled on the “birch” coloured one, in part because I liked it better, in part because it’s legs always came in grey (the same colour as all version 2 legs). But at some point in my Jerker journey I decided to make the switch from Version 1 to Version 2. And here’s why:

Ikea Jerker version 1 desktop sitting upside down on a version 2 desktop

That’s my old Ikea Jerker version 1 desktop sitting inverted atop my then new first version 2 desktop. Can you see the size difference? The version 2 is wider and deeper.

I loved the pull out arms of the Version 1. [btw, the big drill hole at the center of the back of the Version 1 desktop was my addition and not a built in feature]

Ikea Jerker Version 1, arms extended and inverted on top of an Ikea Jerker Version 2

But, as you can see, while they get you closer to the desk (and look awesome) when they’re extended they don’t ultimately increase your desktop area as much as the Version 2 can.

Further, the Version 1 legs are somewhat troublesome (being both shorter and deeper) they take up valuable floorspace and don’t offer as much secure verticality as the Version 2 legs.

Check out one of my 2013 Version 1 builds (below) and note how close to the desktop the top of the leg ends are and how it thus requires more extensions and more connections (and thus more concomitant floppiness).

My 2013 Ikea Jerker Version 1 setup

Have a look at the replacement, my first Version 2 just as I was setting up and note the increased desktop space. [BTW, just to it’s left is a hybrid construction connecting multiple Ikea Jerker 1 shelves with a pair of Ikea Jerker Version 2 legs]

My first Ikea Jerker Version 2 build

I love the version one, but can see little reason to actually use it myself. Do you have a story regarding your preference for the Version 1 to the Version 2 or vice versa?

3 thoughts on “Why I switched from Ikea Jerker Version 1 to Version 2”

  1. i’d never heard of jerker desks till a week ago when i saw one on ebay and realised it would be perfect for suporting my keyboards and associated music gear. it. sold for £31, intreaged i watched for another one and a week later won one for 99p. its a v2 and i love it. i realy wanted the swing arm platforms for some speakers so kept an eye on ebay for some , a week later another came up for sale , a v1 with swing arms, again i won it for 99p with the intention of tacking the swing arms for myself and sellimng on the remaining desk. i have just been and collected it and am wondering which i am going to prefur as i like the large expanse of the v2 desktop but also like the pull out extentions on the v1. i suspect i shall prefure the v2 but am going to see if i can attatch the pullout extentions some how. i can see this desk lasting me for a very long time 🙂

  2. Does anyone still use version 1 and notice that the main desk is leaning down/sagging? my version 2 is still level but mine and a friends version 1 are not holding up as well and definitely not level anymore.

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