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The Trick to Assembling the IKEA "Expedit" Bookshelf

IKEA 'Expedit' shelf

I still get an occasional email or comment about my entry about the difficulty Wendy and I have had putting together the IKEA “Expedit” bookshelf. That was last August, and yes, the shelf has been assembled.

As we suspected, the trick is that the last phase, in which you attach the last side to the shelf, is easiest with three people, especially with the 5-by-5 model. The extra pair of hands makes all the difference; when Wendy and I recently helped my sister with three sets of Expedit shelves, the three of us put together all three in less time than it took to put together ours last year.

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