This weekend Penelope and I made a trip up to IKEA in Burbank and bought a new bed, dresser and a couple of cool lamps. The Burbank IKEA seems to be somewhat nicer compared to the IKEA in Carson which never has what we are looking for and is usually thrashed from a combination of neglect and general IKEA quality.
I have been buying
crap furniture from IKEA (which means engineered to fit into a box in Swedish) since I started living on my own after High School and I know a secret that IKEA probably doesn’t want you to know. If you build your furniture following the instructions exactly it will last about 1 year as long as you don’t ever move it from the place you first put it. There is an exception to this rule and this is it: Use Wood Glue.
When you are building your furniture you will notice that the nuts that look like packman aren’t really well suited to be a permanent load bearing fastener, but they do make great clamps, which is essential when you are gluing wood. Once the glue is dry it will be stronger than the wood its self and you will be able to move your furniture without it catastrophically failing, which is a good thing.