A short story…

for Friday Fictioneers

This a reworking of a piece I wrote a few years back following a trip to Ikea.  Hardly anyone read it then, so second time lucky – hopefully!




Gosh, this is heavy. A few steps more, through the door, round the corner and drop it to the floor.  Hey, that sounds like a poem! 

Right, off with the packaging and I’m ready to go!

This looks simple. Twenty assorted screws, one allen key, ten bits of wood and in minutes I’ll have a Billy bookcase! 

Now, this one here, that one there.  No, that one there, this one here.  Ah, that goes…err…no …grrrrr!

Look, I’ve done it!  Yea!  Now to stand it upright.   Heeeeve-ho.  Wow, look at that! 

Oh, it’s upside down. 

I think I need a coffee break.



  • Did you know, the Billy bookcase is Ikea’s biggest selling item with over 60 million sold worldwide – two of which are in my apartment!


penny-gadd-shelvesThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Penny Gadd for the photo.

Prod the frog to join in the fun!

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77 thoughts on “A short story…

  1. msjadeli September 4, 2019 / 19:26

    Fun story, Keith, and how nice of Froggy to help you with it.

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  2. Iain Kelly September 4, 2019 / 19:54

    A well-known story – whole days have been lost after those quick trips to Ikea! 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings September 5, 2019 / 10:13

      I’ve never had a ‘quick’ trip to Ikea – I spend ages buying things I don’t need and eating meatballs!

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      • Iain Kelly September 5, 2019 / 14:20

        Or getting lost in the maze they make you walk all the way round!

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  3. bearmkwa September 4, 2019 / 21:01

    I felt like I was watching Hubby try to build a bookshelf… hahah! Silly man waited until I was napping to do it… Great Writing!


      • bearmkwa September 5, 2019 / 19:12

        Yeh, he finished… woke me up with the hammer. Silly man. Love him, but sometimes he’s silly.

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  4. Dale September 5, 2019 / 00:17

    Ah yes… the joys of assembling Ikea furniture!

    Too much fun with the frog, sir!

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  5. hilarymb September 5, 2019 / 09:11

    Hi Keith – I enlist an engineer to ‘build’ these! So yes … as you say – though I think I’d go for something stronger!! Cheers Hilary

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  6. Reena Saxena September 5, 2019 / 15:08

    Is there a manual to correct ‘upside down’ mishaps?


  7. Russell Gayer September 5, 2019 / 22:14

    I assume you followed Step 1, Keith. – Throw away the instructions.
    That always makes it more challenging and fun.

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  8. Nobbinmaug September 6, 2019 / 01:31

    Isn’t that always the way. Don’t follow the instructions and it comes out deformed. Follow the instructions and they’ll mislead you everytime.

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  9. draliman September 6, 2019 / 07:09

    These things always seem to take me five times longer to build than I think they should.

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  10. subroto September 6, 2019 / 09:50

    Ha! Ha! Sometimes I long for that unassembled life when I didn’t know what an Allen key was.

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  11. Brenda's Thoughts September 6, 2019 / 09:53

    A fun story which I can certainly relate to. “No problem” it’ll be finished in a snap … hours later my husband rues the day he bought it. (haha)

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      • Keith's Ramblings September 6, 2019 / 10:19

        Some people who work in Ikea showrooms have to do this all day every day – imagine that. I spent ages putting Froggie together this week! Thanks, Brenda

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  12. James McEwan September 6, 2019 / 10:51

    Do you read the instructions first or only after you get stuck?
    There is a new!! crowd game going on, where lots of teenagers play hide and seek in IKEA.
    They called the police in Edinburgh.

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    • Keith's Ramblings September 6, 2019 / 15:45

      Afterwards, whether its furniture or a new electrical gadget! What a perfect place to play hide and seek – even I fancy a go at it!

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  13. Colline September 6, 2019 / 11:49

    The experience my family and I have had building furniture from IKEA! Especially the bed frames and day beds.


    • Keith's Ramblings September 6, 2019 / 15:47

      The bigger it is the more difficult it proves! Hopefully, you got your beds sorted by bedtime!


      • Colline September 6, 2019 / 23:10

        We did – though we went to bed a lot later than usual! 😄

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  14. Debbie D. September 6, 2019 / 18:33

    I’m laughing mightily, here. 😀 We have a couple of IKEA Billy bookcases and went through exactly what you described. It’s supposed to be simple, right? 😛 Cheers!

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  15. angietrafford September 7, 2019 / 13:53

    IKEA instructions are very much like that, look simple but are not at all! I am sure everyone has had this experience at least once.

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  16. granonine September 7, 2019 / 18:26

    Hilarious, and such a common experience! Glad you gave this one a re-run 🙂

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  17. Mike September 7, 2019 / 23:15

    It is much quicker to build a bookcase with some bricks and a few planks, 🙂

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  18. Margaret September 8, 2019 / 05:50

    Sounds like fun. Upside down, eh??? Never mind – you do get used to it. 🙃

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  19. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) September 9, 2019 / 20:05

    Billy fills the world… it’s actually a copy of a shelf from a Swedish bookcase manufacturer called Lundqvist… Love your frog

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  20. Laurie Bell September 10, 2019 / 21:42

    Hahahagah ! Great take on the prompt Keith, you would think they are easy to assemble but I dunno it’s super hard and why is there a screw left over! Argh not again !


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