I had this grand vision of ordering furniture Friday morning and relaxing in it Friday night. Not being a seasoned furniture shopper, I forgot one very important detail: all Ikea furniture requires assembly. And lots of it.
It's not exactly hard, but it takes a lot of time and requires you to have the patience to read and understand Ikea's word-less manuals. That's right, the instructions don't include a single word: they are entirely composed of images and symbols, presumably to save on translation costs.
|A typical page of Ikea instructions|
Taking a page from the lego instruction manuals, the folks at Ikea generally do a pretty good job of visually conveying each step. Having said that, the graphics - especially the "best practices" images at the beginning of each instruction pamphlet - can be fairly amusing.
|The "best practices" section on the first page of each instruction pamphlet|
And occasionally, some of the images are downright incomprehensible. So, for those of you who've spent some quality time with "Billy", "Ektorp", and a hex wrench, here is some entertainment: