Handy With a Baby Wrench? IKEA’s Latest Move Could Mean Extra Cash for You

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Ikea bags hang on shelves in the new IKEA furnishing store in Magdeburg, Germany
Ikea bags hang on shelves in the new IKEA furnishing store in Magdeburg, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Jens Meyer/AP Photo

Are you a bemästra at putting together Poängs? Perhaps you’re ljushuvud at building Läckös?

Unless you’ve been living under a sten, you’ve probably come into contact with the Swedish furniture darling IKEA at some point in your life.

And if you’re a whiz at putting together their Swedish-named, simple-yet-oh-so-frustrating furniture, have we got a job opportunity for you.

IKEA has gone and bought TaskRabbit, the gig site that matches workers with those needing a quick job done, for an undisclosed price with plans to close the deal next month. The app will still operate as an independent company within the IKEA Group.

“We will be able to learn from TaskRabbit’s digital expertise, while also providing IKEA customers additional ways to access flexible and affordable service solutions to meet the needs of today’s customer,” IKEA Group president and CEO Jesper Brodin said in a news release. (Yes, his name is two letters away from Odin. Metal.)

IKEA will offer TaskRabbit services to customers already beleaguered from navigating the labyrinth-like warehouses in the U.S. and United Kingdom, but some of the 27 other countries with an IKEA presence could follow, the release stated.

Sure, it’ll be good for us normal folks who cringe when we open those IKEA instructions. But it also means more opportunities — and serious cash — for potential “taskers” who don’t.

I mean, we already know you can make $2,000 a week on TaskRabbit. But here’s some more evidence that the demand for IKEA-building services is sky high.

We Need You to Build Our IKEA Furniture — For Our Sanity

This corporate move will give you more chances to make sweet moolah, but it will also afford you the opportunity to leave a positive mark on mankind. Our sanity, marriages, friendships and physical well-being depend on it.

Here are some thoughts we at The Penny Hoarder HQ have had building IKEA furniture:

“WHY DON’T THESE INSTRUCTIONS HAVE WORDS?”

“I’m gonna need more beer.”

“$@#&, I PUT IT TOGETHER BACKWARDS!”

“I don’t think my marriage is going to survive this.”

“(Throws stupid baby wrench.)”

Emphasis was not added. As you can see, the demand for IKEA taskers is absolutely there. So go and register as a tasker if you have the patience we seem to lack.

Just so you know we’re not IKEA haters here, we absolutely love their cheap and delicious dining options. And here’s Penny Hoarder illustrative designer Kristy Gaunt on the thrill of a piece of IKEA furniture:

“Even if there’s some frustration in putting it together, I ultimately saved money buying it, and there’s a sense of accomplishment of, ‘Heck yeah, I put that together’.”

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He once got lost for an hour in an IKEA after dilly-dallying away from the floor arrows. He left with a bed he never actually put together.

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