Fixed! Annoying TROFAST Falling Buckets issue solved

Shelves or the buckets falling from the TROFAST slots is an annoying issue. With this less than $15 fix I managed to put a stop to that.

This fix applies to the pine TROFAST units with slots, not the ones with runners.

IKEA item and materials used:
Trofast frame


  • TROFAST storage combination with boxes. I have the light white stained pine 17 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 35 7/8″.
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Molding/ General Purpose Wood 1/2” x 2/‘3” x 12” long

TROFAST falling buckets fix:

1. Take your molding general purpose wood and mark off 1’ segments.

2. Cut with a saw.


Related: Using IKEA TROFAST storage boxes without the frame

3. Add wood glue to one side of the wood

trofast falling buckets fix

4. Line up with the bottom slot of the track, with the shorter side horizontal and longer side against the wood. This extends the bottom shelf groove a 1/2” more towards the middle.

let cure overnight

5. Attach clamps, beware the wood will usually move when adding the clamp so go slow. Add a shimmy or thin scrap wood to prevent scratching on outside of the shelf.

Let it sit overnight and you are ready to go.

trofast falling buckets fixed
How long and how much did it cost?

Less than 15 Dollars for the glue and wood pieces.

What to pay special attention to?

Lining up the wood to the track, don’t use too much glue.

~ by Benjamin


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Going totally off tangent, today is the first day of Chinese New Year. It’s a day Chinese all over the globe celebrate with a passion. Because of the pandemic, the usual family reunions, lion dances and firecrackers have all been toned down.

I’ll be having a quiet one with a few close friends, who like me, can’t make the trip to our hometowns due to travel restrictions. I’d miss celebrating with mom and my uncles, aunties and cousins. I’d miss getting angpows, eating way too much bak-kwa and watching reruns of Jackie Chan movies with my sisters.

On the other hand, this will be a new experience and the opportunity to explore new ways to celebrate age-old traditions. And perhaps forge new ones? I look forward to that.

If you’re celebrating, let me wish you “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and a very Ox-picious (the obligatory cliché ?) year ahead. Huat ah!