I wasn’t planning on buying anything at Ikea. Their stuff is generally pretty low quality and doesn’t survive a move. Good design is in, but light particle board is not.But we happened to find a coffee table we really liked there. It’s a great design and *very* heavy. Like all other ikea products, it came in a flat, long box. I got it home and this is the bag of screws I found. Shit.
Ok, let’s get started. An hour later, I’m almost done. Things seem to be going pretty well, better than expected for sure. I have 2 things left to do and need 8 screws. I see a picture of the screw I need, and next to it an icon of another screw with an X through it. “Use these, not those” it wants to indicate.
So that’s when I realize there were two screws that look nearly identical but are slightly different sizes. And of the 8 I now need, I can only find 1. The other 7 are too big. Earlier I was able to use the small screws where I needed the large ones, but now I can’t use the large ones in place of the small. And disassembling is physically impossible.
I looked online and this is actually a very common problem. The solution? Leave the small screws where they are (they are good enough) and head to Ikea to get some more. What a waste of time. Luckily the half built coffee table looks great already.