Trips to IKEA can be a wannabe designer's dream — Ohhh, look at that sleek island and those immaculate chalkboard cabinets! — but getting home with the goods can be a nightmare. The company's instruction manuals for putting together its affordable, pack-flat furniture is infamously complicated. There are no written instructions — just an anger-inducing cartoon man with a tiny hammer.
But the Swedish brand is about to change all of that with its recent acquisition of TaskRabbit, the on-demand service that completes your to-do list. This means you may never again have to struggle to read awkward instructions, worry about losing tiny screws, or make a mess of your living room while trying to assemble dining room tables, bookcases, and more.
"In a fast-changing retail environment, we continuously strive to develop new and improved products and services to make our customers' lives a little bit easier. Entering the on-demand, sharing economy enables us to support that," president and CEO of IKEA Group, Jesper Brodin, says in a press release.
However, the takeover seems like a long time coming. Last November, IKEA launched a pilot program with TaskRabbit at its stores in London, and the on-demand service had already dedicated an entire page of its site to building IKEA furniture. Of course, IKEA may simply be keeping up with its competition. As Wired points out, Wayfair partnered with Handy back in May to offer customers "one-click installation and assembly" to their orders.
It's not clear just yet how IKEA intends to implement TaskRabbit into its other 356 locations across 29 countries, but we think it's safe to assume you can expect furniture assembly, moving and packing, and general home improvements — much like TaskRabbit users already do now.
Honestly, this change is a relief but will definitely take some getting used to. After all, attempting — and totally failing — to assemble IKEA furniture has become such a big part of our culture that parodies have popped up in everything from Deadpool to Pinterest. I mean, what will life be like without sweating, fighting, and crying over installing our kitchen cabinets?