Modular desks offer versatility, flexibility and customizability so often necessary to make a workspace really productive. IKEA offers many modular desks, such as the GALANT office system, the EFFEKTIV workspace system and the sadly lacking FREDRIK computer desk system that looks surprisingly like the ill-fated JERKER, but tragically, is no substitute.
Note: Ok, so we can all stop blushing, the IKEA JERKER desk was given a Swedish boy’s name which means `Ever Powerful Ruler`. Now we can all giggle at some poor Swedish kid named Jerker Petersson and get on with discussing the most popular discontinued IKEA desk of all time, the Ever Powerful JERKER!
Many of IKEA’s more popular products are based on component systems – meaning that you buy the basic unit for one price, and then you can add various parts and accessories as desired and required for your own particular configuration. JERKER was particularly successful component system, offering swinging side shelves, a towering top piece, shelves and each of the accessory pieces could be attached at the desired height. Brilliant!
JERKER reigned supreme for a number of years, and there’s been no indication of why it was discontinued (See also: IKEA Discontinued my ‘X’ … Or Did They?). In 2003, the catalog features the JERKER system prominently but by 2007 only the JERKER desk remained in the catalog, and the interloper, FREDRIK was masquerading as a modular computer work station. In 2008, there was no JERKER to be found, and the FREDRIK line now included a desk.
IKEA JERKER Facebook Plea
Our friend Jen Segrest of Flatpack Ohio (formerly OH, IKEA) fame recently started a Facebook page (what’s it called now? A Liker page?) called IKEA JERKER Desks – Bring them Back! I’m guessing the chances are slim, but hey – you’ve got to have hope. Good luck, Jen!
IKEA JERKER Tribute Sites
Adam has put together a rather comprehensive page of links about the IKEA Jerker desk – many of the links lead to 404 Not Found pages, but a surprising number are still active. You can see pictures of many IKEA JERKER desk assemblies by clicking around there.