After a marathon drive, Ms. Fabens and her husband, Andrew, had just arrived with another couple for a long fall weekend. Ms. Fabens had intended to scout the house for hazards, knickknacks and valuables. In an older woman’s parlor, it can be hard to tell the difference. But within 20 minutes of racing through the front door, Peter ran into the living room, tripped and caught the table. In his mouth.
In my survey, I asked people about what they lost in moves, and Ikea stuff filled the list. There was the “cool dining table from Ikea that couldn’t be reassembled,” an Ikea wardrobe that broke, a cheap Ikea coffee table that disintegrated. A 33-year-old middle-class woman who now lives in the suburbs lost two of the same Ikea dressers that I had: “Those things can’t survive moving trucks,” she said.
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