It is now possible to buy an Ikea House. I wonder if people have the same trouble with these as I had assembling Effektiv back in December? Does an Ikea house come with the same frustratingly obscure instructions? Does it come flat-packed and wrapped in a mountain of cardboard? And is it still actually made out of cardboard covered with “birch veneer”? Do you still get the exact number of screws necessary to build the house? Do you still always have one leftover? Is that leftover screw still the cause of the wobbliness? Can you still not be bothered disassembling everything back to step 3 just to put it in? And, most importantly, do you have to assemble the entire thing with a single tiny Allen key?


  1. Comment by Kevin — June 24, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    One thing I have learned about Ikea furniture. Use GLUE on all the joints. I prefer Elmers yellow wood glue. It tacks up quickly and does not drip very much. The reason for glue you ask? well because Ikea furniture is made out of compressed sawdust. The attachment points will be fine for awhile, but eventually you will have to move the furniture for whatever reason. This is when things start to go wrong. Sawdust is not a good base for strong attachments. The fasteners will start to work loose and they next thing you know, the furniture is getting wobbly. So use glue on all those attachment points and your furniture will last many years.

  2. Comment by Kevin — June 24, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

    One more comment regarding the assembling of Ikea furniture. Read the ENTIRE instruction book completely PRIOR to starting the assembling process! Also, count ALL fasteners out to make sure you have them all. Put ALL fasteners into separate piles ahead of time and have plenty of room to “dry assemble” the items if you are unsure how they go togeather. These simple rules will save you hours of frustration. These
    helpful hints are from a person who has assembled two bedrooms full of Ikea furniture.

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