I have a history of meltdowns while assembling IKEA furniture. Once, I spent two hours trying to assemble a swivel chair only to finally realize that the predrilled holes had been misplaced by the manufacturer. Pushed beyond my limit, I resorted to punching the poor, helpless chair. (Sad and embarrassing, but true.) I returned it the next day and never bought another one...there was no way I was going to live with it taunting me...IKEA furniture seems uniquely capable of setting the stage for frustration. The often-indecipherable instructions, the pieces that tend to crack or bend if you push them the wrong way, the European parts that don't necessarily work with our American tools: all elements of a potential meltdown.
We're wondering: have you had any particularly good or bad experiences with furniture assembly? Share your stories in the comments below.
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