I hired a TaskRabbit to help me assemble my IKEA furniture — and it solved the most annoying problem with shopping from the furniture giant

IKEA is known for carrying inexpensive furniture.

But there is a downside to shopping there — IKEA furniture is famously difficult to assemble.

To make the furniture assembly process easier, IKEA acquired TaskRabbit in 2017. TaskRabbit lets users hire temporary workers to deliver purchases, clean homes, and even assemble furniture. IKEA shoppers can hire a “tas ker” from the TaskRabbit app and website or through an employee in-store once they have purchased the products.

The program offers fixed pricing for IKEA customers seeking someone to assemble furniture purchased from the furniture giant. It’s separate from IKEA’s delivery service and has to be booked through TaskRabbit.

I recently had IKEA furniture delivered and decided to put its TaskRabbit service to the test. I went to TaskRabbit’s “IKEA Assembly” page, selected the furniture that I needed assembled, reserved a time, and that was it. While there were a few downsides, like having to plan around a long delivery window from IKEA, it was easy to use and overall made the process a lot smoother.

Here’s what it’s like to use.

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