Why do manufacturers use Allen wrench screws for self assembled furniture instead of Phillips or flathead?

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Why do manufacturers use Allen wrench screws for self assembled furniture instead of Phillips or flathead?

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They’re just easier. On the assumption that you’re provided the correct Allen wrench, hex screws are less likely to strip, you get free leverage from the shape of the tool. The tools themselves are super cheap to make, so compared to the hassle of dealing with customers so are mess up their cross head screws, it’s probably cheaper too.

Allen is a superior head for screws that literally anyone can utilize.
Less potential for stripping or user injury.

Flat heads slide out & Phillips is just a sub-par head with a high stripping possibility, compared to something like a square drive /hex

1. The piece is cheap and safe to use – it costs them virtually nothing to provide you with one.

2. The keys have an inherent ability to tighten fasteners located in difficult to reach places, eliminating the need for specialty screw heads while freeing up design choices.

3. Flathead tend to be awkward to use, being easy to slip out, Philips head is easy, but once used the socket in the fastener often really stands out and has scratches to the finish. Allen key sockets are easier to conceal.

Probably because they’re less likely to strip. There is (generally) one size Allen key that fits the bolt. While there are different sized Phillips screwdrivers, people will probably grab the first one they see. As far as flathead, they are just more difficult to keep in place. On top of all this, think about how many points of contact there are on each. An Allen key (Hex) has 6 walls of contact, a Phillips has 4, and a flathead has 2. As simple as possible, the more points of contact, the more torque you can get before something gives (breaks/bends/unforms).

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