From the Obvious department:
IKEA recently came to Portland. Cause for city-wide celebration! Free child care! Swedish meatballs for less than a buck! And (oh yeah) cool, cheap furniture!
But there's more. My almost eight year-old son is always looking for nails to hammer, screws to turn, and things to assemble. Usually this means he's pounding nails into scrap wood in the garage, but now, he can build REAL furniture that we can actually use.
IKEA's graphic instructions are easy for kids to follow (think LEGO construction manuals), tool requirements are minimal, and the design is generally smart and efficient. I think there's no better place for children's furniture, so your kid can build stuff for her room. And if there's a mess-up, it's not too expensive to fix.
We had a great time last weekend building a new kitchen table, and his pride in his workmanship is obvious each time he sits down to eat.
Any IKEA stories to share? Favorite products? Unconventional uses?
P. S.: Don't miss IKEA Hacker.
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