If the idea of assembling a Billy bookcase or Svärta bed makes you scream in terror, you’ll be relieved to know that Ikea has heard you, and found a solution: in-house TaskRabbit workers who’ll assemble your furniture for you.
TaskRabbit has long been the go-to site for people who dread assembling Ikea furniture, but that relationship is now official: In September 2017, the Swedish megachain purchased TaskRabbit, and recently announced that “taskers” are now at hand in their New York and San Francisco stores (with more cities to follow later this year). Ikea customers nationwide can book a tasker on the Ikea website.
The cost for this service? $39 and up, depending on the size and complexity of what’s being cobbled together. The catch is, that cost could really add up, since you’re just outsourcing the pain of assembly. For instance, a Pax wardrobe—deemed one of Ikea’s 10 hardest pieces to assemble—costs $81.