Some Ikea furniture is NOT meant to be assembled by 1 person.

So I mentioned a post ago that I purchased the Ikea IVAR 3 section bookcase. I like it, very open, very “light” looking (so far as a bookcase can look light). And it fits the wall perfectly.
But it was so not meant for one person to put together alone. I’ve spent two hours this morning holding one piece with a leg while balancing another piece with a hand, and using my other hand to swing around and place shelves. If I had a tail I’d have been using that too!

I now have enough of it put together that it can hold itself together and I can see the outline of how it will look. It will look good.

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  1. Anonymous

     /  April 5, 2012

    LOL been there done that!

  2. stillstrange

     /  April 5, 2012

    I hear ya. I love Ikea but not that part. Usually, my husband puts things together and bitches the whole time. I’m surprised the woman you stayed with isn’t helping you organize and/decorate. Most women love that stuff.

  3. Alyce, were you wishing you had a tail too? 🙂

    Stillstrange: she’s helping some. She sends me links to stuff. Her forte is clothes though so that where most of her help is targeted (and I need it too).

  4. Katydid

     /  April 5, 2012

    Ha! Besides two walls of my study/library/guest bedroom being lined with Ivar shelving, I also put together a big Ikea double bed all by myself. Talk about aerobic decorating!

    Incidentally, I found that after many years, the shelving unit started warping off true vertical, leaning out into the room. I corrected this by putting an extra cross brace over one of the end “ladders”. Anchoring it to the wall probably serves the same purpose, but that extra cross brace is something to consider.

  5. Katydid: good thing to know!
    I haven’t used the anti-tip straps yet because I don’t want to put such large holes in the wall. If an extra cross brace helps I’ll do that first.

    As for putting the Ikea bed together… you’re a braver woman than I am! 🙂


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