7 Insane Ways IKEA Can Destroy Your Marriage

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There may be no better test for a marriage than a trip to IKEA. That's what a hilarious Wall Street Journal article reveals -- and it's something you probably know all to well. From deciding what to buy to putting that Eggströmthorp bookshelf together, IKEA has the power to make or break your relationship.


Please, squirm uncomfortably with us as we review some of the funniest things couples can learn from IKEA.

1. Putting together the furniture makes a fun therapy homework assignment. Couples therapist Ramani Durvasula "often tasks couples with putting together a large piece of furniture at home and reporting back on how it went." My blood pressure is rising just thinking about this exercise. Couldn't she start smaller, like maybe with putting together a Lego set together?

2. Just walking through the store is an argument minefield. According to Durvasula, "'The store literally becomes a map of a relationship nightmare.'" So before you even start putting together the furniture you're already arguing. "Walking through the kitchens brings up touchy subjects like who does most of the cooking."

3. They should rename the furniture based on what it'll do to your relationship. "Dr. Durvasula says constructing the small Nornäs coffee table is fairly undemanding. But a massive wall unit like the Liatorp? She calls that the Divorcemaker." Or in IKEA spelling, the DEVØRSMAKKER.

4. IKEA actually has a guide just for couples to help them deal. It includes tips like going through the catalog together and agreeing on your style and your budget before you even step foot in the store. Does anyone do that before shopping at Crate and Barrel? 

5. There will be crying. Courtney Frappier admitted her last trip to IKEA with her boyfriend ended in tears. "I'm convinced IKEA is Swedish for pissed-off boyfriend."

6. The memory of your IKEA experience could outlast the furniture itself. Frappier's boyfriend now calls their BJRUSTA sideboard "Terrible" and their BEKANT desk "Misery."

7. You will argue over things you don't even care about. "I've had couples go to the mat over a couch that neither of them even liked," says couples counselor and radio host Dr. Jane Greer. 

And they didn't even cover the madness that takes over when you reach the accessories floor and fight over whether or not you need a mini whisk. (You do. I love mine.) And then there's the, "OMG, how did we spend so much money; I thought this was all supposed to be cheap" argument when you reach the checkout line. Oh man, the fun! I can't wait to go there again.

Does any of this sound familiar? Are your trips to IKEA anything like this, or is your relationship IKEA-proof?


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