By: Anna M., Seeker
I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA.
What I love about it: picking out new, affordable furniture, convincing myself that I DO need more decorative pillows, picking out plants, finding treasures in the clearance section, and the $3.99 Swedish meatball dinner.
What I hate about it: Getting there (taking the horrid G train), the crowds, not finding my most needed item in that scary warehouse, getting it home (Urban Express takes how long to deliver?!?), waiting on one of my friends to come help me assemble everything, and the $3.99 Swedish meatball dinner.
We New Yorkers know what a pain it can be to bring home and set up the goodies we buy from Ikea. That is why I decided to get the job done with a doer to see how different my experience would be. I found that Done. can transform your IKEA trip to a cheaper, easier, and even enjoyable experience.
I hired Eric W., a “Man With a Van” on Done. and had him meet me at IKEA once I was finished shopping. He loaded up all my new (and slightly unnecessary) items into his clean van and drove me home while we listened to his band on the CD player. Not only did he help unload, but he stayed and assembled my dresser, and hung my curtains, and installed track lighting.
All for $30/hr which ended up being $90 total. Delivery in Brooklyn through IKEA’s Urban Express would’ve cost me $59 and take up to 2 weeks. Furniture assembly would’ve cost an additional $79 through Urban Express. I saved money and even more importantly, I saved time and my overall sanity (which is priceless).
Not a bad way to spend my Sunday. Although, I do regret the $3.99 meatball meal.