IKEA premieres how-to-assemble furniture videos
Anyone who has ever assembled IKEA furniture -- or had to disassemble something put together incorrectly (those pesky sliding doors on a Pax wardrobe, perhaps?) -- will be pleased to learn that the purveyor of flat-pack furniture launched a series of how-to videos Tuesday on YouTube.
Designed as a visual complement to IKEA's much-parodied printed instructions -- all the rudimentary pictures, the arrows, the umlauts -- the videos feature IKEA co-workers walking the Allen-wrench-phobic through the assembly process from start to finish.
In the first video, about four minutes long, two people assemble the Malm bed frame in 10 steps. Helpful tips pop up on screen, as do pictures of the required tools for each step. You can pause or rewind at will. (And if you find yourself needing to rewind frequently, let us suggest muting the music, lest you completely lose you mind.)
New videos are planned weekly, including ones on the Pax Lyngdal wardrobe and Galant corner desk. No word yet on whether the series will include IKEA's popular kitchen cabinets.
-- Lisa Boone