If you've successfully built even one piece of IKEA furniture in your life, congratulations. You're a survivor. It's a roller coaster of emotions — in some moments you want to throw everything out the window, in other moments you feel confident enough to build furniture from the store full-time. Here are the very emotional thoughts you have while building literally anything from IKEA:
1. You spot the beautiful bed you want to build. It's a bed! How can it possibly ruin your life and make you cry more than you ever have?
2. You get everything — the tools, the coffee, the motivational playlist that will provide the strength you need to build this — and you picture a few hours from now, when it's all done. You will be the most satisfied person in the world, laying on a bed that you built.
3. So you lay out all the pieces and figure out where to start. It's game time.
4. You pick up the instructions, and suddenly the lack of text yet pages and pages of directions make you feel extremely overwhelmed.
5. SERIOUSLY, HOW DO THESE SCREWS LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME BUT HAVE DIFFERENT NUMBERS????
6. You text someone, anyone, just to let them know you're about to go on an IKEA journey and are in need of support. And also that if they don't hear from you but see the headline, "Woman Throws Ikea Furniture Out Window," somewhere, it's you.
7. Really this time, you get going. The first few steps are done and nothing can stop you. You were made to build IKEA furniture.
8. Except then step four really f*cks you up. I need to put that into this and turn WHAT?
9. So you read, and then you re-read, and then you pick up the screws and try again.
10. It's still not working.
11. It's working!
12. Nope, still not fucking working.
13. You know what? You don't even need a bed, you decide. You'll be fine sleeping on a mattress on the floor. You begin to convince yourself that beds are a waste of time, money, space, all of it.
14. You call someone, anyone, who will listen to your frustration. You don't even like phone calls, that's how badly you need to vent. What kind of person has this furniture made you?
15. "Haha no everything's fine it's just that this one piece won't go in and it's not me it's the piece, like I am doing it totally right but it's not fitting together. But it's not me I know it's not me, they had to of messed up and built these pieces wrong because it's not me, I'm doing it right." - You on the phone.
16. You hang up and look around. Your room is in shambles and random screws are rolling everywhere. There's even some styrofoam in your hair. It doesn't matter, you must carry on.
17. Finally, the pieces screw in. Step four is complete. It's coming together.
18. You know what, building a bed isn't that hard at all, really.
19. And then you realize, on the very last step, that you're one screw short. What bad deed did you do to deserve this?
20. For 10 minutes, you're on your hands and knees, going through the garbage, trying to locate the missing screw.
21. On the verge of tears, you begin talking to yourself. I was so close why is this happening to me? I was doing such a good job I don't understand where this screw went. What was I thinking? I can't build a be — and then you spot it. The last screw. Your key to freedom and sleep.
22. You're sore and tired and your brain hurts, but you're done. There is nothing you cannot do.
23. You take a picture and send it to your friends. "I built a bed! It was easy! Hire me for all of your IKEA building needs," you smile and send.
24. You ride the IKEA high for the next few hours. You're strong and independent and are capable of truly anything.
25. And then you remember you have to build your night stand.
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