When you put together IKEA furniture, it feels a lot like web development.
- You get a huge bag of seemingly random parts and you should sort them before you start
- Everything is standardised and uses building blocks
- The manual is meant to be universally understandable and such needs some effort to grasp
- Forcing something to fit means you're doing it wrong
- Leftover items mean you skipped a step
- You can use power tools to speed things up but you are likely to break things if you do
- Plan to assemble it right the first time, because taking it apart will mean you break it.
- Some parts are impossible to put together on your own - partner with another person and get a second pair of eyes to prevent you from doing something stupid
- Things look small and easy to handle when flat packed, but once you assembled them they take up a lot more space and are harder to move elsewhere