So imagine my surprise when my couch arrived. In 4 boxes. Attach some wheels. Sure.
It's amazing how some things like furniture assembly turn into a work out. Between the crouching and the screwing in of parts, I worked some muscles that I have not worked in awhile!
Before I get into the post, I do have some complaints to make about ikea:
1. Must the directions be 100% wordless? Seriously? Not everyone is a visual person (ahem, me). I get that they are an international company so the directions are universal, but could you throw SOME words on there?
2. What is with the teletubby-looking 'people' in the directions. I was like - am I looking at a person or is that Patrick from Sponge Bob?
Alright, grievances have been aired. Moving on.
I didn't take any couch assembly pictures because I was in a mad rush to get as much of it assembled as possible before my friends came over that evening. Thank God we had plans to walk somewhere for dinner. There's no way I could handle assembly + make dinner! Here are some pictures of the finished product!
|I love the storage in the chaise lounge! Great place to store blankets, sheets, etc.|
|It is nice to finally have a place for guests to stay. In the past I would sleep on the love seat (which was way to short for me) or my guests would sleep on an air mattress.|
After assembling that couch, I had to take some time off from assembly. On Sunday I tackled the table and 6 dining chair. I figured it would be way easier than the couch.
I'll let the pictures do the talking.
|Yikes, that is a lot of hardware...|
|Laying some of the piece out - not all, though. Oh heavens no.|
|Making progress. I definitely did not think I would get this far.|
|All assembled, just needed some assistance to flip her over!|
I am so so so glad that the assembly is behind me. I am impressed I was able to assemble both items virtually on my own. That's so unlike me - I am not usually a handy person.
I really love the table because now I have a big enough table to host dinner parties! And I could potentially host a holiday some day if I had the opportunity. The table actually has 2 leaves that are stored in the table. LOVE.
After I replenish my savings account, I plan on buying 2 upholstered chairs for the ends, but that will have to wait.
What have you done around the house lately that has resulted in a work out?