German women considered better at building Ikea furniture

DPA/The Local
DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 8 Dec, 2008 Updated Mon 8 Dec 2008 09:00 CEST
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Head of Swedish household retailer Ikea’s German unit, Petra Hesser, said on Monday that women are better at building the chain's unassembled furniture than men.


“Men never look at the directions and have the most problems with construction because they always think they can do that,” the 50-year-old told news agency DPA in Frankfurt. “That is empirically proven.”

In contrast, women study the Swedish home furnishing giant’s often confusing directions before they get started, she said. “The woman first sorts the parts in an orderly way. Men throw them in a pile and then something goes missing,” she said.

Women make up 70 percent of the chain’s customer base, Hesser said, but added that their men often accompany them to approve bigger purchases. However, “if the woman is against buying something, then nothing gets done,” she said.



DPA/The Local 2008/12/08 09:00

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