We are very fond of the IKEA brand and we are experienced in putting all those many pieces together. Three days into our latest project, I was talking to my friend, Karen Putz, about our adventure. I suggested that maybe engaged couples should put an IKEA object together before marriage to test their compatibility.
Karen texted me a Google article to that effect and along came a ton of other articles:
Our IKEA Experience
With 48 years of marriage experience, Steve and I get along well together. Thankfully we don’t let the challenge of putting together an IKEA piece cause a fight, but that is because we take precautions. When we begin the project, we are well rested and ready for the challenge. Being ready is probably the most important part of the task.
Time is the second important factor. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. We had a dresser that had two crooked screw holes. After much trying, we returned to IKEA for help. We have a lot of IKEA furniture in our house. This was the first time we had ever encountered a defective piece. IKEA staff graciously exchanged the piece, but the trip to and from IKEA took time from our planned day. By the time we got home, Steve said he was tired and not ready to do IKEA. From experience, we know that IKEA cannot be rushed.
Our first steps in putting together an IKEA piece is to separate and inventory all the pieces. We lay out the pieces in sequential order. We read the instructions “together” and agree on each instruction “together”as we go along. We are very aware how easy it is to make a mistake by misreading the instructions.
Our friends, Jim and Carolyn Campbell, also have no problem putting together IKEA furniture. Maybe long marriages produce lots of understanding. Do you have an IKEA story you would like to share?
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