Disassemble IKEA HEMNES Bed Frame

Posted on 18 Aug 09:50 , 4 comments

Getting ready to move? Here's the best way to disassemble your IKEA Hemnes bed frame:


Tools Required:

1 x 100001 Alan Key (Purchase this tool from Swedish Furniture Parts)

1 x Philips (Star head) Screw Driver


Step 0: Removing Bedding, Mattress, and Slats

Remove all bedding and mattress.

Remove & bundle bed slats. (Recommend starting from the headboard and layer each slat to the middle of the bed. Then proceed to the footboard and repeat layering each slat till the middle of the bed. At the middle the slats should be neatly stacked. Use a rope to bundle up the slats. The slats come in a set of 2)


Step 1: Unscrew and Remove Crossbraces

Unscrew small Crossbrace Screws (X 12) from the Mounting plate to the bedside rails. The Crossbrace may lead to the midbeam (depending which bed configuration/year was purchased from IKEA). Do not remove the Mounting Plate located on the headboard and footboard.

Remove Crossbraces.


Step 2: Remove Mid-Beam 

Pop-Up the midbeam which is telescopic from both ends and push-in each side for ease of transporting.


Step 3: Unscrew Headboard and Footboard

Start from any corner of the bed and unscrew Metric screw exposed on the back of the headboard and footboard. Use Alan key to unscrew. (When unscrewing the Metric screw the nut sleeve on the inside of the side rail will be loose and possibly fall out on to the floor. A slight inner tilt the nut sleeve will fall out.


Step 4: Remove The Headboard

If you are alone use a shoe box/step stool or have a friend to hold up the side rail and hammer fist the headboard apart from the side rail.

Repeat this and hammer fist the opposite side of the head board.

Carefully lay both side-rails to the ground. The headboard is now fully apart.


Step 5: Remove The Footboard

Carefully fist hammer fist the footboard apart from the side rail. Repeat this step on the opposite side.



You will now have the Headboard, Footboard , Left Side Rail, Right Side Rail, Mid-Beam, Crossbraces and Slats Apart and ease to reassemble.

*** If you notice loose Wood Dowels during your disassemble note where it belongs when you assemble***


Loose Hardware:

1 x Alan Key

12 x Small Crossbrace Screws

4 x Metric Screws

4 x Nut Sleeve


And if you need replacement parts, see IKEA MEMNES Bed Frame Replacement Parts


  • Terry on

    Thank you SO much for posting!!
    I feel I can achieve success now!! :)

  • MrsBrown on

    Used a Phillips Screwdriver instead of the ridiculous wrench IKEA provided. So much easier!

  • EileenBrown on

    Front the booklet, I went in reverse on the instructions. Would it kill IKEA to label the parts in the instructions WITH WORDS???
    So ridiculous.

  • Kathy on

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this! Much appreciated!!!!

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