The IKEA Micke Cabinet is a piece of furniture known for its durability and simple design. However, one familiar issue owners of this cabinet may experience is that the bottom drawer may not close properly.
There could be a few reasons for this, but fortunately, a few solutions can be implemented to fix the problem.
Common reasons why this problem is encountered include:
- The drawer is not aligned properly
- Something is blocking the drawer from Closing
- The drawer slides are damaged or need a replacement.
- You’re overloading the drawer.
Here’s how you can fix these issues.
IKEA Micke Cabinet Bottom Drawer Not Closing:
- Don’t Overload the Drawer
Avoid overloading the drawer. If the drawer is too full, it will close properly. Remove some of the contents of the drawer and try closing it again.
An overloaded drawer not only looks untidy but also interferes with the normal sliding of the drawer.
- Check the Alignment
If you’re having trouble getting your IKEA Micke cabinet’s bottom drawer to close correctly, you can try a few things.
First, make sure that the drawer is aligned perfectly with the frame. Sometimes, if the drawer is slightly off-kilter, it can prevent it from closing correctly. You can try adjusting the drawer until it’s level.
If the drawer is overloaded, check to see if it’s properly aligned. Sometimes, if the drawer isn’t lined up correctly, it won’t close properly. If the drawer is adequately aligned, it will close smoothly.
The drawer might get stuck or not close properly if it isn’t aligned. Use a leveler to check if the cabinet is level and if the drawer slides in and out quickly.
Adjust the alignment by loosening the screws on the cabinet’s side and adjusting the cabinet’s position.
- Check Rollers at the Bottom
Another thing to check is the rollers on the bottom of the drawer. If they are loose or damaged, they can cause the drawer to get stuck. Try tightening the rollers or, if they are damaged, replace them.
The function of the rollers is to make it easier to open and close the drawer. If they are not working correctly, the drawer will be challenging to open and close.
If the rollers are loose, try tightening them with a screwdriver. If they are damaged, you will need to replace them.
You can find replacement rollers at most hardware stores. Get the correct size and style for your Micke drawer when looking for replacements.
- Check the Sliders
The sliders are what allow the drawer to open and close smoothly. The drawer will not close properly if they are damaged or incorrectly installed. Check to see if the sliders are damaged and replace them if necessary.
If the rollers are fine, but the drawer is still stuck, you may need to adjust the slides. The slides support the drawer and keep it level as it opens and closes.
If they are loose, they can prevent the drawer from getting off-track, making it challenging to complete. Try tightening the screws on the slides or replace them if they are damaged.
You can also try lubricating the sliders with WD-40 to see if that helps.
- Check the Runners
The runners are what the drawer slides on. If they are damaged, then the drawer will not close properly.
Check to see if the runners are damaged and replace them if necessary. You can also try lubricating the runners with WD-40 to see if that helps.
- Check the Roller Wheels
If the roller wheels are dirty or damaged, they can cause the drawer not to close correctly. Clean the roller wheels with a damp cloth and ensure they are debris-free.
You can also try lubricating the roller wheels with WD-40 to see if that helps.
- Check the Hinges
If the hinges are damaged, they can cause the drawer not to close correctly. Check to see if the hinges are damaged and replace them if necessary.
Hinges connect the drawer to the cabinet, so if they are damaged, it can cause the drawer not to close correctly.
If any parts mentioned above are damaged, they will need to be replaced to fix the issue. IKEA sells replacement parts for the Micke Cabinet, so you can easily purchase the parts you need and replace them yourself.
- Avoid Overtightening the Screws
If the drawer isn’t closing correctly, you may be tempted to overtighten the screws holding the drawer in place.
However, doing this can damage the drawer and make it even harder to close. If possible, try loosening the screws slightly until the drawer locks appropriately.
When the screws are overtightened, it can cause the drawer to warp, making it difficult or impossible to close properly. To prevent this from happening, only tighten the screws until their snug, but don’t overtighten them.
- Check the Hardware
If the drawer still needs to be closed properly, it’s possible that the hardware is damaged or incorrectly installed.
First, check to ensure that all the screws are tightened correctly. If they are, then you may need to replace the hardware. You can purchase replacement hardware from IKEA or a hardware store.
- Remove Obstructions
Sometimes, something else in the room can obstruct the drawer from closing properly. Check to see if there is anything in the way of the drawer and remove it if necessary.
At times, anything as simple as a chair or a piece of furniture could block the path of the drawer.
If the drawer still doesn’t close properly, you may need to replace the drawer or the cabinet. You can purchase a replacement from IKEA or a similar store if you need to replace the drawer.
You can contact IKEA for more information if you need to replace the cabinet.
- Disassemble The Drawer
If none of those above hacks helps, consider following the steps mentioned below as we teach you how to dismantle the drawer.
- Unscrew Uneven Railing
Two screws on the drawer’s underside hold the vertical metal railing in place. Unscrew these so you can easily access the bottom of the drawer. These are at the bottom and in the middle of the drawer.
- Adjust Drawer Tracks
The drawer tracks may need to be more aligned, which can cause difficulty in closing the drawer completely. Use a flathead screwdriver to adjust the tracks, so they are level.
- Fix crooked Glide Rails:
The glide rails allow the drawer to slide in and out smoothly. If they are not appropriately installed, the drawer will not close correctly.
Use a level to check if the rails are installed evenly. If they are not, use a drill to widen the hole on one side so that the rail can be moved over slightly. Test the drawer again to see if it closes properly.
- Remove Bottom Panel
Gently pull out the bottom panel of the drawer. It is not attached to anything and should come out quickly. This provides more access to the underside of the drawer and the mechanisms that control its movement.
- Replace Damaged Tracks or Rails
If the tracks or rails are damaged, they will need to be replaced. You can purchase these from IKEA or a hardware store. Remove the old ways or rails and install the new ones following the instructions with the replacement parts.
- Test Drawer
After the necessary adjustments have been made, test the drawer to see if it closes correctly. If it does not, continue troubleshooting until the issue is resolved.
- Examine Wheels
The four wheels on the bottom of the drawer should be able to move freely. If they are stuck, try WD-40 or another lubricant. If that works, the wheels will be replaced.
- Check Center Support
The center support keeps the drawer from tipping over when extended. Ensure it’s proper installation and tightening. If it is loose, tighten the screws that hold it in place.
- Adjust Cabinet Height
The height of the cabinet may be preventing the drawer from closing properly. Consider using a tape measure to check the size of the cabinet. It should be level with the countertop or slightly higher. If it is lower, use shims to raise it until it is level.
To Prevent this issue:
Over time, the drawer might become misaligned, or the runners might become damaged. To prevent this issue, make it a regular habit to check the drawer’s alignment and the runners’ condition.
To maintain good alignment, consider opening and closing the drawer a few times to see if it’s still running smoothly. If you notice any issues, try to fix them right away.
The drawer would sometimes slide smoothly, but the problem would start as soon as you added an extra item. To avoid this, keep the drawer manageable.
Hopefully, this article helped you fix the issue with your IKEA Micke Cabinet. If not, feel free to contact IKEA customer service for further assistance.