So on Sunday I bought my first ever item of furniture from Ikea.
Unlike pretty much everyone else on the internet (or so it seems anyway) I’ve never owned anything from Ikea. Mostly for two reasons; the main one is my dad was a joiner for most of my life and insisted on making pretty much everything in our house out of solid oak. The other is that we’ve never had one close by and my parents don’t drive so we couldn’t travel to one further away.
But last year a huge store opened up in Sheffield and me and Chris decided to go take a look around.
I’m pretty sure half of Yorkshire had decided to do the exact same thing. Guess that’ll teach me to try and brave an opening weekend- never again.
By the time we realised how busy it was in the store, we were stuck in the flow of traffic and just had to keep going. And going. And going! We got lost more times than I can count and then somehow ended up in a loop between the wardrobe and bed sections that we couldn’t find our way out of.
If it hadn’t been for Chris spotting a hidden exit into the children section between two wardrobes, I’m pretty sure we’d still be stuck there now!
Luckily its never been quite as bad as that first time whenever we’ve been back since, and I’ve even enjoyed planning out what we’d love to have in our own house (even if we’re no where near the point of being able to own one yet *sad face*).
I’ve been wanting to get a new tv stand and bookcase for over a year now, but could never find anything I liked. That is until I saw one of the displays in the showroom and fell in love; it was the Kallax Shelving Unit but instead of having it stood up like in all the other displays, they had it laid on its side as a tv stand. I measured it, expecting it to be too big, but it fit the space perfectly- it was like it was meant to be!
The guys monitoring the Ikea CCTV must have been wetting themselves watching us try and get it into the car. Chris drives a Ford Ka, which is fantastic at slipping into small parking spaces but not at transporting flat pack furniture!
I was sure that by putting the back seat down and the front seat forward, there would be just enough room to fit it in, and I was right. What I didn’t count on was Chris having a mini meltdown; being on the spectrum, he tends to have them when things don’t do what he wanted them to and he doesn’t always have the patience to problem solve situations.
Luckily by now I’ve learnt how to deal with him when he’s like this (basically leave him alone and let him calm himself down) and we eventually got it to fit.
He wasn’t in the mood to hear ” I told you so”, so I wisely kept my mouth shut. Still, it worked exactly how I said it would…
We were joking that next time we’re going to hire a van but it turns out you can actually hire one from Ikea…wish I’d known that one sooner!
Then came the real test- putting it all together. Luckily I managed to actually get my dad to help us out
do it all for me and it ended up being a pretty fun evening.
I’ll have to put the next once up by myself though and I’m really not looking forward to that one!
Even though it caused a lot of stress, I’m so happy with how the unit looks. It’s a lot more “adulty” than what I had before and it’s encouraged me to get rid of a lot of clutter.
I’ve been eyeing up a new wardrobe as the one I currently have is quite literally dropping to pieces; only this time we’re not going to try to fit it into a car that’s not much bigger than I am!
Lesson well and truly learnt there.
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.