By Brian Myers | 06.18.18 11:04AM ETIKE, Ill.
— When you get a big door open in the middle of the night, it’s not necessarily going to look like it belongs there.
But you can usually see the difference.IKEA, a Swedish-owned furniture and decor store in the U.S., announced Tuesday it will begin removing plastic door facing from its outhouse in February and in the first half of 2019.
IKEa will remove plastic door openings that have a 1- to 2-inch gap between the door and the outside wall, which is called the door gap.
The doors will be marked with the company’s logo and the word “OUTDOOR” and a number.
In the U, the company is removing more than 300,000 plastic door gaps a year.
“When a door opens up, it does a lot of work to keep it from sliding down and falling down,” said Paul Kneip, vice president of IKEa Outdoors.
He said the company will also install the doors with reinforced plastic.
More: “If you’ve got an open-topped door, it looks like it’s hanging from the ceiling, and then the door closes when you push it open,” he said.
Instead of having the doors sit open, the IKEA Outdoors is replacing them with door slats.
It is working on a similar project in China.
Plastic door openings will be removed from the door frame in the spring of 2019, according to IKEacreas.com, the website that will collect data on IKEas plastic door-slashing initiatives.
The IKEACreas website says the doors will not be removable in time for the holiday season.
But IKEAs marketing director, Michael Lassiter, said in a statement the company was taking a proactive approach to removing plastic doors because it was an opportunity to provide customers with a better shopping experience.
Kneip said IKEAcreas has not yet received any complaints about the door slating, but he did note the company has had a couple of complaints about plastic door slings in the past.
A spokeswoman for the National Association of Home Builders said the association is monitoring IKE’s plastic door replacement program.
The NHAB does not track compliance with plastic door mandates.