Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Furniture Puzzle

Have you ever tried assembling one or more of these flat pack furniture? Some furniture shops in the UK have a show room where you go and look at the furniture and when you decide you like what you see then you note down the number and go to the stock room and pick up your desired piece of furniture in a flat pack! a good example of these shops is the Swedish chain IKEA, I am sure Libya would be getting one soon or the famously reliable ARGOS.

The problem with these flat packs is that as soon as you open them, you realise that you made a big mistake, you are confronted with a huge number of different pieces of wood, some of them have a letter or number on them, the majority have none! you feel dizzy and think my God how am I going to do that? then you find the instructions booklet and you feel relief as it says on the front easy assembly until you open the booklet and what you see is very bad black & white drawings that are so confusing I am sure you need a PhD to understand them. You lay all the pieces on the floor and start looking carefully at the drawings and trying to follow it step by step, attach part A to part D but which is part A? and is this part D? sometimes you just have to guess and hope that you got it right! couple of days later your piece of furniture resembles the pictures on the box, you are exhausted but pleased with yourself and proud of your new piece of furniture until you look at the booklet and see this: Assembly Time 2 Hours!
Once I was helping a friend assemble a computer desk from Ikea, he asked me to help him as he knew I have done it before, so I start assembling and got very busy doing it that I didn't know or notice what my friend was doing, few hours later he said to me, look I made it easier for you by assembling the drawers of the desk, I said but the instructions said follow it step by step and I am still in page 1, the drawer assembly is in page 6 maybe you should not have done that, he told me to stop worrying and that it was fine, well it wasn't! we had to break the drawers that he glued together and then reassemble them as it had to be done through the desk, I think he learnt his lesson and will follow instructions from now on. I am glad his computer desk is still in use.
The problem with these flat packs is usually the instructions, even though I have used them for many years as buying already assembled furniture in this country is very expensive, the instructions are still as bad and really difficult to follow even though they make it sound so easy that a child can do it! well they are wrong.


Chatalaine said...

I love Ikea!! And I try and go there when ever possible. Our Ikea has a clearance department. All those folks that start putting things together give up and bring them in Ikea sells at for at least 50%. You do have to have a feel for engineering that's for sure.

Safia speaks said...

I have bought some desks, closets, beds and other furniture from Ikea for the kids´ rooms and I am proud to say I have assembled everyone of them myself all and alone. I had absolutely no problems (although it wasn´t easy!) as long as I followed the instructions. There usually are some screws and nails left over, but everything is in working shape, so I guess they simply packed some surplus. Well, maybe the screws and nauls left on the floor afterwards are my own...who knows!

Trabilsia said...

Ikea for all!
We got some when we were in the US for a visit . Really perfect for everyday furniture. Ikea has made many people want to put together their own furniture instead of buying second hand.

A.Adam said...

I feel so dizzy following the instructions, never i tried to assemble a computer desk or any thing similar, I prefer to assemble Lego rather than.
here in Libya. I always buy assembled furniture I don't guarantee Chinese furniture.

Anonymous said...

Its always funny that after you buy stuff from Ikea, subsequent visits to the store will always have an air of suspicion, because YOU KNOW how hard it is to construct that nice desk or wardrobe! You just end up buying a towel or some spoons and quickly leaving the place! lol.

Beacon (

Gheriani said...

How about contacting a Flat Pack Furniture Compiler?

AngloLibyan said...

Chatalaine there is a reduced section in Ikea here as well but I didnt know it was for assembly failures.

Safia, I have assembled many pieces of furniture but always had problems with the instructions anyway women are better than men when it comes to concentration, all these falt packs have extra screws and nuts, I suppose incase you loose some.

Trabilsia Ikea furniture as you said is perfect for everyday use but for some reason it has gone out of fashion here in the UK and is not as popular as it used to be.

a.adam, houses here in the UK are small compared to houses in Libya and it would be very difficult to bring in assembled furniture plus it costs a lot more thats why most people go for flat pack, when I was a child Lego used to be my favourite toy :o)

Thank you Beacon and Ikea show room is actually quite big and you can spend a long time just looking.
I will check your blog.

Gheriani, these places usually have an assembly service but it comes at a price.

white african said...

so true, i had to get my engineering friend to help me assemble my bed cause if it was up to me it would have turned into fire wood for next years bonfire..

she did a good job mashallah cause as yet it hasnt collapsed..

AngloLibyan said...

MashaAllah, I hope it lasts whiteafrican especially with your record of falling :o)

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Beacon said...

Please check this out its very relevant!! lol:

piccolina said...

i love ikea ..i want to buy all my house's furniture from there and about the getting species together it's like a puzzle ..i remember the day when we " my family " did my room i was telling my dad nooo do it this way not that way he is like ..shhh ya binit yalla u won't know better than me and i used to shut up and after it's done he finds out he did it wrong so he acts like it's like that LOL
it's fun

AngloLibyan said...

thank Beacon, very funny it should go with this post :o)

I hope you get your wich piccolina and in this case daughter knows better.

Lebeeya said...

I loved this post! lol

I cannot put things together or assemble anything. I get confused when I see lots of peices that need to be put together (especially small peices) and I start feeling dizzy!

God bless you Anglo!

AngloLibyan said...

yet another trap for you to appear lebeeya just as a.adam did!
thank you :o)

Lebeeya said...

Even you Anglo? You definitely had me fooled!

Off with his head!


cofman said...

Anglo? Just thought I keep you updated with this QUICK furniture, ok?
Tonight the lady got a new desk for the new PC,… she started assembling parts .. spreading them ..( a very simple desk ).. and 2 Large sheets of paper with CLEAR Instructions and sketches … anyway, she started 1 hour ago … I will come back for more info if we finish it this week… it is Wednesday today ( the tv is switched off … so we can concentrate )

AngloLibyan said...

its thursday afternoon now, is it finished? :o)

Lebeeya, be careful, you tried to chop off my head and nearly lost your leg down the toilet ... lol

cofman said...

Yeah, we have done it, the desk looks really good, the size and shelves were perfect for ALL PC things, ie printer/scanner, cables, keyboard, etc etc oh yeah very good desk, but how long it took to fix it all? Some people say it isn’t important lol ( ok, it took 4 hours, wallahi lol ) instruction sheet says 12 mins LOL

AngloLibyan said...

wow 4 hours, well done mashaAllah :o)

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Anonymous said...

Cool post, we didn't bother with assembly, we just paid for a company todo it for us :-)

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