I’m still currently trapped at the bottom of pile of cardboard boxes using a roll of bubble wrap as a pillow by night and trying to claw my way out with the serrated edge of a tape gun by day (Seriously, how can it being taking this long to pack up the house?!), but yesterday I felt so deeply moved by love for my IKEA FIXA tool kit that I had to stop everything, take photos of it, and shed a tear or two in honor of its place in my life.
Thanks, sleep deprivation, for making me overly-emotional about interchangeable screwdriver bits!
So, after all these years of renovating, I’ve amassed a pretty nice tool collection. Good stuff, most of it contractor-grade. “Real” tools. And yet, somehow I always seem to just grab the IKEA FIXA tool kit I bought for $7.99 years ago, because it’s easy and everything is right there and it all works. Everything fits in its own slot, nothing gets lost. No fuss, no muss, no frills.
The “17-piece” part of the description on IKEA’s website makes me laugh. I guess they’re counting each individual screwdriver bit? Those bits are awesome, though. Multiple sizes for Philips and flathead, an awl, crossheads, and even hex bits—handy for assembling IKEA furniture! ($7.99!!!!!!)
My favorite thing in the FIXA tool kit is the hammer. It’s nice and heavy, perfect for lightweight construction or just putting nails in the wall. It feels good in the hand, unlike most cheap hammers. The best part is that it comes with a little rubber cap for the head, so it can also be used as a mallet! Genius.
The entire FIXA series (I also love those sets of nails and screws) was designed by Henrik Preutz (his Instagram is great), an in-house designer at IKEA. I don’t have any experience with the power tools, but I’m really curious. Have any of you tried them?