February 15, 2012

Micke Fear and Dread Courtesy of IKEA

My guest bedroom turned home office renovation is going ever so slowly. What, you may ask is holding me back?

Finding the right desk.

Simple, right? A desk.

But not so much. I thought of making my own using a slab of wood and 4 legs; mainly because I fear having to assemble anything I purchase from IKEA.

I really like this desk, the Micke.It is the right dimensions. The right style I am going for and the price is oh-so-right at $69.

However, how am I going to put it together?

I saw the instructional manual online and I am scared!

Have any of you put together something from IKEA? How was it? Did you survive?


Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Girl you can do it!!!!!!! I know you can! I got IKEA bookshelves and put them together, and I know you can too!!! Can't wait to see the office reveal :-)

~Kori~ said...

Have no fear!! :)

I can't even begin to tell you how much stuff IKEA stuff I've put together over the years...shelving units, bookcases, tables, chairs, desks, storage bench, armoire (one of their rare all wood pieces from long ago), couches, etc. It really is simple once you have all the pieces in front of you. I would say to just look through everything first as there aren't any words being used, just illustrations. Make sure you're aware of any shaded parts they show and how it relates to the front or back of the piece. I have encountered a problem once where I didn't pay attention about halfway through and had to do some disassembling, fix and continue.

A desk should be relatively easy and I bet when you're done, you want to build more! At least that's how it is for me.

Good luck! :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

And that is why the price is "oh so right", Carmie! I think you can do it. My hubby put a whole wall unit with doors together about 15 years ago and I think that a desk should not be too bad.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

You can do it! Call a friend over to help, open a bottle of wine and have fun:@)

Ellen said...

IKEA can be conquered. I have put together many pieces. The key is to lay all the pieces out before you start and just follow the pictures. I assembled a bed, headboard and chest of drawers for my son this past summer. And it's still together.

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

I've put together a bunch of stuff from Ikea! You can totally do it.

IT's a great looking desk!

Kris said...

EGAD! I can be of no assistance to you regarding putting anything together. If it comes with instructions it confuses me even more! I do like the desk and wish you the best of luck in putting it together.

BTW: I once tried to put a Webber Grill together for my husband as a surprise and spent two hours on it only to have him come home and have to take it apart...It seems the aluminum pan that holds the charcoal was put together upside down and other parts were in places that would definitely not have worked! LOL

Michelle said...

So easy to do!! I purchased that exat desk for my son's college house. He had it together in no time at all! Super simple! And he loves it! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Beauty Blogger Bri said...

Hmm, Ikea...ya, their furniture scares me too! Lol, good luck girl ;)

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Carmie! I think you should go ahead and give it a try! I have a girlfriend who puts Ikea things together all the time and she inspired me. So I bought a billy for my closet and put it together myself! It went fine! My husband was shocked! I know you can do this! I think that once you buy it and get it home and look at the pieces, you will find it to be easier then you think! Wishing you a wonderful Saturday! Angie xo

Jenny said...

You can do it!
I put my own Ikea stuff together - bookcases, table, kitchen cabinets. I am not a skilled handyperson, I just have a screwdriver and patience.

The thing to do is go slowly, identify all the parts and read the instructions through before you start. Sometimes different screws look similar, so you have to sort out what is what.

Also, make sure you have someone with you to upend the desk when you've finished assembling it. I bent the legs on a kitchen cabinet, righting it from the floor. I should have got someone to come over and help me stand it up straight.

Look forward to seeing the fruits of your labours!

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