Photo: Courtesy of Ikea
The Swedish retailer Ikea sells budget-priced contemporary cabinets designed for easy at-home assembly, but they have a reputation for being not quite so easy to assemble. I wanted to experience Ikea cabinetmaking firsthand, so I ordered a 24-in. base cabinet with a single drawer and a pair of doors and put it together.
I picked the Akurum cabinet from Ikea’s online à la carte menu (www.ikea.com), which seemed straightforward until I got to the legs and the toe kick. Figuring out which parts went with the cabinet wasn’t easy. I had no luck with the site’s “Ask Anna” help feature, so I took a guess. Turns out I guessed wrong. Thus, the first lesson is to know exactly what you’re ordering. Call if you’re confused; on a follow-up phone call, customer service proved helpful.