IKEA partners with TaskRabbit to launch in-home furniture assembly service

IKEA is now using TaskRabbit to help customers built their furniture

Ikea officially launches TaskRabbit assembly service

If you've purchased IKEA furniture in the past, you probably already know how hard it can be to assemble.

Following Ikea's acquisition of TaskRabbit previous year, the furniture company is introducing an assembly service to some of its United States stores. Ikea said Tuesday it will start lining up "taskers" from the contract labor service with customers who don't want to assemble the company's furniture (or want to preserve a little of their sanity after putting a bookcase together).

TaskRabbit has already partnered with Ikea in the United Kingdom, but the new services are now available at six stores in the Bay Area and tri-state area in New York: Brooklyn, Emeryville, East Palo Alto, Long Island, Paramus, and Elizabeth before expanding to other Ikea stores in the US. For building fee, it's a minimum of $36 and is a flat rate per item category, but some bigger items like kitchens and bathrooms are excluded (for now, maybe?). Visitors to six USA stores in the NY and San Francisco metro areas, will also be able to book a "tasker" in-store (the service is expected to roll out in additional stores in LA, Miami, Houston, Boston, Washington D.C. and more in 2018). A store-branded rewards credit card, the Ikea Projekt Card, is on the way this spring as well.

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