Marriage + Ikea Furniture


Ikea furniture assembly is not for the faint of heart.

This weekend Cent and I ventured out to Ikea to purchase an entertainment center, gifted to us by Cent’s parents, since our TV has been sitting on the floor since we moved into our house. A month ago.

We found the Besta Collection and tried to figure out what pieces we wanted. We liked some of the sets on display, but what to buy was a little confusing. While we attempted to piece together what we wanted, we eventually settled on an entertainment center pieced together in the brochure. When we came upon the boxes we started to worry they wouldn’t fit in the car. The boxes were taller than Cent! And he’s 6ft tall.

Luckily it all fit.

Then reality set in. We still had to build everything.

Instructions for Ikea furniture can be viewed as either a blessing or a curse. The instructions are international, everything is in pictures. Made for men, I like to think.


We were able to decipher the pictures of the different screws, nuts, and bolts. Piece by piece, we successfully assembled the entire set. We didn’t yell at each other. We didn’t kill each other. But I’m not gonna lie, there was an eye roll or two. Or three. But we worked as a team. Afterward, we felt like we had both been run over by semis. Seriously. Cent had played three flag football games and his team won the championship (Go Total Chaos!) and I was still fighting this pesky cold. It was a workout, between crawling around, bending down, standing up, squatting, I feel like I made up for all the working out I missed during the week.

Ta da!




Our house is starting to feel like a home. Yay!

And I totally think that Ikea furniture assembly should be on the docket for any team building activity or premarital counseling. If you can get through that, you can pretty much get through anything.

What do you think?


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  • Reply Celina Gomez 12.21.2009 at 4:39 pm

    I <3 Ikea, but there directions are NO bueno.

  • Reply Elizabeth 12.22.2009 at 2:08 pm

    The last picture looks like an advertisement for Best Buy. Perfect timing.

  • Reply Tamara 12.29.2009 at 10:51 am

    At least you can get Ikea! Seriously Idaho does not have a single Ikea.

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