I’ve always had trouble with flat pack furniture. The stuff they sell by the lorry load at places like Ikea. These days I try to buy furniture already assembled. It’s been a simple ambition of mine to have my very own man shed. A refuge where I can go an please myself as to what I do in there!
A Deluxe Sherman Shed, ooooh.
Two weeks ago I called into a local builders yard as they were advertising they had a shed sale. Bargain time, so in I went. I always thought a shed was, well, a shed. Four sides and a roof. They had hundreds, all shapes and sizes. You could live in some of them, they were bigger than my house.
A guy came over and asked me what I was looking for. I told him that I had got no more than £250 to spend. He was most helpful and after about half an hour I had settled on the “Deluxe Sherman Shed” complete with all fixtures and fittings. There was only one problem. I either assembled it myself or they could do it for £300!!! That’s £50 more than I paid for it!!
It can’t be too difficult to put a shed up, can it? Probably not, but for me it became a bloody nightmare! Who knew how many parts there are to a shed? So many questions. How do you hold one side up when trying to attach another side to it? Why have I put the door against the wall side so I can’t open it? Oh my! There were many more questions to be answered before the weekend was done.
The instructions say it should take no more than 2 hours to complete. I think they meant 2 weeks. It was a real struggle and somehow, my completed version didn’t look like the shed I’d bought. There’s even a poster of me included in the purchase, this goes on the outer wall to show who’s shed it is. It ended in the bin with about 35 other bits and pieces that I couldn’t find where to fit them.
I had this dream that I could sit in my little 6 x 2 wooden empire, playing my guitar, reading, painting or anything I wanted to do. By Monday morning, despite having the world and his dog laugh at my building efforts, the damn thing was filled with old bikes, a broken washing machine and all sorts of useless paraphernalia. Talk about being fed-up! Anyway, it leaks in the rain.