Latest in Services

Image credit:

IKEA puts TaskRabbit to work assembling your FLOTTEBO and FÄRLÖV

Customers in select US markets will be able to schedule a worker to assemble their stuff.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
March 13, 2018
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters

Last fall, IKEA bought TaskRabbit with the obvious goal to offer customers help building its notoriously tough-to-construct furniture. Today, the company started allowing customers in select US markets to schedule a worker straight from the IKEA app to come by and assemble their stuff.

According to IKEA's site, There's no same-day construction yet -- the earliest you're able to book is for the next day -- but you only pay after the furniture is built. Assembly is a minimum of $36 and is a flat rate per item category (all beds cost the same to build, no matter the complexity), though some bigger items like bathrooms and kitchens are excluded.

Currently, customers can book help through IKEA's website wherever TaskRabbit is available. They can also schedule it from six stores in the New York area (Brooklyn, Long Island, Elizabeth and Paramus) and around San Francisco (Emeryville and Palo Alto). The service will roll out to more IKEA locations in 2018 including ones in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Boston, Washington, DC and more.

Before buying TaskRabbit last September, IKEA was testing using its contract workers to help customers build its products in the UK, as Recode reported. The furniture titan likely acquired TaskRabbit to compete with Amazon's own localized assembly service, TechCrunch pointed out, but it probably won't have much use for the service's other offerings, like sending someone to buy your groceries.

In this article: ikea, services, TaskRabbit
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

View
Nintendo 'gigaleak' reveals the classic games that never were

Nintendo 'gigaleak' reveals the classic games that never were

View
Google extends shutdown deadline for native Chrome apps

Google extends shutdown deadline for native Chrome apps

View
Nreal Light mixed reality glasses launch in Korea with the Galaxy Note 20

Nreal Light mixed reality glasses launch in Korea with the Galaxy Note 20

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr