“Why is the Allen Key so called? – Answer: “It isn’t. It’s called a “hex socket key” (hex short for “hexagonal”). The hex key, or at least its means of manufacture, was devised by the Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, and patented in 1910. It was produced as the companion piece to the company’s hexagonal socket screws.” ~ Flat Pack Dan
Most of you will have seen or used the Hex Key, also known as Allen key or Allen wrench at some time or other and especially since IKEA and those Flat Packs found their way onto our shores.
Some years ago, I built a flat pack storage unit for my old office, but seeing as it took me all afternoon to accomplish the task, I could hardly describe it as a swift undertaking; nevertheless, I was thrilled with what I’d achieved, at least I was until my late husband came along, admired my efforts and then asked if I’d like him to take off the doors and put them on the right way up!
During the house renovation, just a few short years ago, I gave over my large desk and office room to eldest daughter Victoria and family. Sometime later, I purchased an all-in-one computer, I’d intended to find a little nook in my upstairs sitting room, but as Woody was still a young puppy, I stayed in the kitchen with him and worked on the kitchen table.
Recently I became a little tired of clearing the table each time I needed to eat, or when visitors were due to arrive. So last Wednesday, daughter Sophie and I visited Ikea to purchase a small desk. I’d already done my homework by looking online, and I’d found the perfect size for my upstairs sitting room.
I don’t mind wandering around IKEA; some of the different room designs are fascinating; they have the distinct feel of room sets in a television studio.
Arriving in the large Dining area, we could not resist sitting the Pandas upright. No slouching; and please take those elbows off the table!We found my chosen desk without difficulty and after taking a picture of the location, we made our way to the Cafeteria. My lunch of Swedish meatballs looked hardly appetising, nonetheless, it was fairly enjoyable. Next, we followed the route to the warehouse area and picked up my flat packed desk. The next day (Thursday), Sophie came over, and we built up the desk. I use the word we loosely because Sophie chose to assemble the desk by herself.
After moving a bookcase to the opposite wall, we placed the desk next to the balcony doors, which means I can enjoy the views when head searching for inspiration.
I also needed a chair but was reluctant to purchase a dedicated computer chair that would most likely spoil the look of my sitting room. By coincidence, a couple of weeks previously, Victoria was getting rid of some light wooden chairs that had been part of an old kitchen set that had been sitting in the barn for several years.
I am a big fan of upcycling as is Sophie, so after choosing a chair that was in the best condition, Sophie took it home to repair and paint, and as the cover of the padded seat was timeworn, she removed it.
On Friday, we visited a Dunelm store on the outskirts of the city, and for a total of £5, we purchased half a metre of material, part of which Sophie used to cover the padded seat.
On Saturday Sophie delivered my new chair and I am absolutely delighted with it What do you think?
What a productive few days – Sophie, you are a star and I thank you for all your hard work.
(C) SueW nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Hex Key from Weekly Prompts.