SPOILER: Well, I'm in the middle of reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) right now, and have found it pretty interesting that Harry has discovered a book with handwritten notes jotted next to the potions and spells. These notes, left by the mysterious Half-Blood Prince are very exact and sometimes contrary to the book instructions. But, Harry gets perfect results the first time around. ***TINY SPOILER ENDS.
I was thinking about Harry's book on Friday, when I was trying to put together my eldest daughter's new desk from IKEA. I'm a big believer in cool desks for kids, but when the price tag for some of the dreamy kid's furniture out of those catalogs is more than my monthly car payment, I get a bit stressed and start looking for other alternatives.
A friend told me about IKEA and how it was amazing and all, so I had to go see for myself on Friday. And I found the perfect desk with cool shelve spaces that my daughter was drooling over when she looked at the said catalog. Did I mention you have to put the furniture together? That didn't scare me. I'm actually have my own tool box. Three packages and one desk leg later, I came home, looked at the instructions, and started to assemble Box #1.
Now, the people at IKEA either don't have faith that people are going to read the directions the right way, or think the visual illustrations are easier to understand, or both, because all they give you are drawings. No written instructions. Just a couple pages of drawings showing what tools you need, and what goes where. All the pieces are predrilled. No phone number for customer service, in case there's a problem. Clearly, they're pretty confident in this method.
Fifteen minutes later, I'm cursing myself, wondering why the pieces aren't lining up properly. I'm looking at the drawing, then at how I put things together, when the lightbulb went off in my head. I took everything apart, then tried to take out all the screws and nails that I already had in the thing. Thirty minutes later, I finally was able to start again. And I scrapped those visual directions and put together the thing the Half-Blood Prince's way, tweaking things here and there to get the right results. I finished the first desk shelves in twenty minutes.
It was so much easier to put together the second set of shelves. Fifteen minutes and on to the next step. Fifteen minutes later, the whole desk was assembled and ready to go. Here's the finished desk.
This desk is plenty big enough for when I sit with third grader and review her homework. Or if she has a friend over and they work on their homework together. I'm not going to stress if I see dings on the desk, or stickers, or dried up glue, or pen marks, or drawings or whatever on this desk. Perfectly functional, which I love. Though the best part is...my third grader loves this desk! She loves how she can do all her homework on the desk and all her big artwork without the paper falling off the table. The perfect creation!