In case you missed it: Everyone's favorite Swedish flat pack palace IKEA has recently purchased TaskRabbit, a major player in the "gig economy" that connects people willing to exchange money for small tasks. You know, things like cleaning around the house, filling test tube shots with vodka (that's a real task) or, you know... assembling IKEA furniture.
I think it's that last task, particularly, that IKEA's executives were trying to bank on when they made this buy. Much like when Wayfair and Handy struck a partnership earlier this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see "add TaskRabbit assembly services" as a checkout item when you shop at IKEA.
When that paradoxical retro-futuristic world (where you can order furniture without having to assemble it yourself—what a vision!) becomes real, we thought you might want to know what IKEA furniture is worth the splurge of paying somebody else to build it for you. So we're going to turn it over to the experts and enthusiasts on Reddit's /r/IKEA subreddit to detail what flat pack furniture they think is the hardest to put together.
1. Any of the Bunk Beds
2. BRIMNES Storage Beds (and here's the one with the storage headboard)
3. TRYSIL Bed Frame
What about you? I know Apartment Therapy readers know a thing or two about IKEA. What do you think are the toughest flat-pack pieces to put together?