This has been a very common question in social media threads recently. I would be happy to test more Ikea hardware components if you would like to send them to me. Please include the year that you got it from Ikea (as without the year it is not as helpful.) For further identification you could also include the city and state of the Ikea where you got the hardware component. I don’t know where this one (pictured below) came from – but I am assuming it is from the last 11 years (and from the Portland, Oregon store), since that is where we live and how long we have been in our home.
Ikea hardware component, tested with an XRF instrument. Consistent with my findings for most Ikea products, the component is lead-free. It is mostly zinc.
- Lead (Pb): ND/Negative
- Mercury (Hg): ND/Negative
- Cadmium (Cd): ND/Negative
- Arsenic (As): ND/Negative
- Chromium (Cr): 1,226 +/- 517 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 987,100 +/- 12,000 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 5,791 +/- 493 ppm
Pictures below are four different angles of the same hardware component from Ikea.
Other items like this (that might appear to be leaded but are not, and are in fact mostly zinc) include modern game pieces for the games Monopoly and Clue.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!