Thursday saw me splashing through the flooded roads of Norfolk to assemble an IKEA bed and wardrobe in Norwich.
The wardrobe was familiar enough – a Pax double wardrobe with plain doors – although it was taller than most. In a Victorian house with high ceilings this wasn’t a particular problem. There was just enough room to assemble it lying down and to lift it into position.
The tall doors had a useful modification to their hinges. Instead of screwing a plate to the wardrobe to correspond with each hinge, and attaching the hinges to the doors, the hinge and plate are clicked together before being attached to the doors.
This means the hinges are now a simple push fit into the wardrobe carcass, thanks to the pre-attached screws and nylon plugs. Tightening the screws then makes everything secure. This made it so much easier for one person to attach the doors that I hope IKEA are rolling out this simple design modification across their range.
Adding three baskets, two glass shelves and a hanging rail was routine.
The second item was a Brimnes double bed. It’s a fairly simple design but with enough parts for me to take a couple of hours to assemble it, especially with the four storage drawers included. The outermost drawer runners have to be fitted to the frame with spacers, but otherwise there are few things to worry about. The drawers fitted perfectly and ran smoothly.
As always, space to work is the main concern, but there was just enough this time.
The finished results were exactly as seen in the brochures and the customers said they were very happy with their new furniture and the service, saying: “It would have taken us a week to put those together”.