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Making the bed — the hard way

One thing must be said right from the beginning:  DH and I are not handy.  We do not make things.  We do not know anything about carpentry, or wiring, or plumbing, or tiling, or any of those DIY things that the TV shows tell us we all can do (but we know we can’t).


But I felt sure we could put together a Lift And Stor bed by ourselves.  There’s a video at the website that shows how it’s done.  You don’t need special equipment — just a mallet, a screw driver, some allen wrenches, a nut driver.  What could be easier?

We weren’t attempting to actually BUILD the bed, although you can order the hardware by itself and get your own boards and save lots of money.  We’re optimistic, not delusional.  We had purchased the kit, where all we had to do was get the pre-cut pre-finished pieces connected with the supplied hardware.

Seriously, what could be easier?

We have a system that we employ when we assembled pre-made furniture (cough**IKEA**).  We get all the tools together. We unpack the components. We read over the instructions together.  We set aside all the nuts, screws, bolts and nuts in an easy-to-reach place.  Then we spend the next few minutes-to-hours grousing, smashing fingers, grunting, swearing and throwing invective at each other.  At least one thing will be attached incorrectly and will be nearly impossible to fix. There will be a running argument.  Tempers will stretch, fray, and break.  

In the video on the website it shows the experts putting together the bed in less than an hour.  It took us closer to 3 hours to do it. We pulled up the video on our phones to help us, as we were completely unable to decipher the instructions.  The boxes had been stored in the garage space and were covered with fine dust, which we got all over ourselves.  Our knuckles were skinned.

But it was done!  Finished!  Assembled!  It looks very nice and operates beautifully, easily lifting up to reveal storage below.

We high-fived each other and went off to collect a Zip Car for a trip to IKEA.

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