How NOT to Assemble Furniture from IKEA
Rule #1: Do not assume that the instructions for your furniture correspond to the furniture you bought. My desk came with assembly instructions for about 30 desks. Half a dozen of them are lumped into one section, which supposedly includes my desk. If you follow those directions, you can’t put the legs on. This is bad.
Rule #2: Read (well, look at the pictures for) all of the instructions before doing anything. You might find out that you have a Rule #1 problem.
Rule #3: Turn your brain on before beginning assembly, and take the instructions with a grain of salt. I forgot this step and discovered Rule #1 and Rule #2 violations.
Rule #4: Budget a lot more time than budget furniture should require.
There you have it, folks.