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Know what you're getting into
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 15, 2022
** TL;DR - This product probably is not worth the money or the time it takes you to assemble it. It's ok, it's stable and does what it's supposed to do, but it's not a pretty one, has stickers in visible places, is chipped, and, for some reason, will take you way too long to assemble. So before buying, know what you're getting into. **
This is a story about self-loathing, frustration, and acceptance.
I have a closet in my home office with precise measurements that I wanted to add storage options, like drawers. I spent probably two days looking in every online store and furniture stores as well. I didn't care much how this would end up looking because I was going to put this behind a door, so considering all and the fact that Ikea's options were way more expensive or narrow, I ended up purchasing this one. I have read the reviews on this product, but I wanted to believe in myself that I could do it, and this will be worth it. I was in for one hell of a ride with this one, for sure.
First, I opened the box and quickly checked that I had all the parts and nothing was broken. Things were chipped, and there was some sticky dirt that probably came from the factory on some of the parts, but that one was easy to clean. Ok, it is time to build furniture!
The thing about Ikea is that you hate them. Why? No one knows... no one knows. But once you assemble something that is not Ikea, you suddenly realize that the Swedes know what the F they are doing, and they do it well.
This took forever. Those tiny screws always moved, and tightening them took a lot of effort. The thing about this is that once you start to work on it, you know you're not going to stop or take it apart. No, you are going to finish this, no matter what. And I know, I just knew that this was not worth it, but did I stop? No. Did I cry? No. I AM A WOMAN; HEAR ME ROAR!
So after the first hour and a half, I found myself on the floor, assembling the drawers (the frame was already done), thinking about all those times in my life that I knew I should have stopped. All those moments where I know this was a mistake and it's for the best if I'll admit that I was wrong, that this was a mistake, and just walk away. Stupid decisions, men, jobs, stupid conversations, and social occasions that I should have probably stopped drinking and go home, but did I? NOPE. I hated myself so much. I hated myself for all those moments, hated myself for this one as well. "Goddamnit, why? Why do you keep doing these stupid things?". I started cursing. It helped, for about 5 or 10 min, then it was just part of the method. I had to take a break. This sucked on so many levels, but I couldn't stop, not now. I am not going to let this piece of furniture destroy me. ROAR!!!
After almost 3 hours, it was done.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this furniture is the perfect metaphor for my life. It's imperfect, has way too many marks that anyone can see, it is chipped beyond repair, unbalanced, uneven, but hey! It's standing!