Instruction booklets for furniture

Since moving into the city I’ve had to assemble a lot of furniture from ikea and other various places. Today while putting together snack tables from bed bath & beyond I believe I discovered my source of why I hate putting this crap together, the instructions.

You see in order to save money on printing costs places like Ikea use picture only instruction manuals so they don’t need to translate every booklet into every language where they ship to. Ok, that’s fine , and anyway you don’t need much verbal explanation when it comes to fitting round pegs into round holes, you just need to know which is the proper hole to place said peg in.

Here is where Ikea, and all those other places [Since moving into the city I’ve had to assemble a lot of furniture from ikea and other various places. Today while putting together snack tables from bed bath & beyond I believe I discovered my source of why I hate putting this crap together, the instructions.

You see in order to save money on printing costs places like Ikea use picture only instruction manuals so they don’t need to translate every booklet into every language where they ship to. Ok, that’s fine , and anyway you don’t need much verbal explanation when it comes to fitting round pegs into round holes, you just need to know which is the proper hole to place said peg in.

Here is where Ikea, and all those other places]1 , they lie to you in the number of steps it takes to assemble. “This drawer assembles in 3 easy steps!”, fuck you, step 1 has me placing 10 screws in and involves 5 separate pieces , step 1 should only involve one smooth motion of me inserting one item into another, bam step 1 is over with, now lets take a look at step 2. Got 5 screws? 5 separate steps. Stop with these shortcuts. When you have 453 things happening in step 1 the picture becomes a massive scribble of fail. I have yet to completely assemble anything 100% correctly that involved picture steps , my ikea draw has a piece on backwards and one of my side tables is missing a few screws, but as long as they don’t collapse on me without warning, I’ll feel mildly content.