Looks like Ikea-bashing is becoming the underground craze of the 21st century. This comes as a bit of a surprise to me, since I still own Ikea bookshelves that I put together over 20 years ago, but something’s definitely gone wrong with the brand. I bought a new bookshelf unit a couple of weeks ago that turned out to be complete crap: the wood was soft and punky, the widgets pulled loose whenever I shifted the unit around, and when I finally heaved it upright the whole thing tottered like a drunk on high-heels. And don’t even get me started on what it was like to return the thing. What’s the Swedish word for “junk”?
Matt Yglesias appears to have had a slightly different but still blood-pressure-elevating experience with Ikea products, and of course fans of The Wire already know the show’s creator, David Simon, has long had a particleboard chip on his shoulder about the chain’s furniture. See the clip above. Even if you’re not blasted on Jameson during the assembly, getting Ikea furniture from its natural flat state to three dimensions can be a pretty trying experience. But this level of rancor surprises me: has anybody else been burned by Ikea lately?