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Painful but sturdy
on August 4, 2014
This playhouse is now known as the Amityville Horror Playhouse at our home. Why? Because the installation process should be the 10th circle of Hell in the rewrite of Inferno. If the Ikea artist that draws their instructions ate enough mushrooms to kill a rhino and then sketched the instructions for this playhouse, the results would very likely have been an improvement over what was provided. It took 2 people 5 hours to get this beast correctly assembled. Even then we left most of the screws that attach the roof out because, unless you are a little person or a contortionist, there is no reasonable posture you can take that will allow you to get those bad boys where they need to be.
The door was assembled and reassembled approximately 5 times because the image of which part faces which way was so small and poorly drawn that you simply had to guess and pray. And then take it apart again and redo it because your prayers were not answered. I'm not an engineer but I have assembled a lot of furniture/cabinets/Swedish sounding items in my lifetime and usually pretty quickly. But this thing...
Once assembled, it weighs a lot so I highly recommend assembling it in its eternal resting spot. And be prepared for some splinters.
Despite the assembly trauma (tears were shed, people) it makes for a cute and quite sturdy playhouse. Even if the roof is only partially attached, it should stand up to the average inclement weather. The kid loves it even if her parents no longer live in the same house (see assembly issues above) and all of the kids in the neighborhood do as well. For the price, worth it. Just plan ahead and consider medicating before opening the box.