How to Assemble Flat Pack Furniture Without the Headaches!

 

There are actually furniture assembly services you can hire to put your new furniture together. However, if you decide that you want to do the furniture assembly yourself, here is some information that will help to make the job a little easier.

Assembling flat pack furniture can be a nightmare, but if you’re methodical and yes,you follow the instructions, you should be able to build your typical flat pack furniture from IKEA and other stores without too much hassle.

If you’re able, especially if you’re putting together a large item such as a wardrobe, work in the room you’re going to be using the furniture.

Before you get going, make sure you have plenty of room to work in. It’s usually a good idea to find an assistant too. They serve two purposes – 1) They can help you make sense of nonsensical instructions and 2) They can hold stuff in place while you’re doing the legwork.

Open a window if the room is warm and dress comfortably – I always wear shorts in case I’m crawling around the floor or kneeling down a lot.

Now you’re ready to assemble your brand new flat pack furniture!

Start by carefully opening the box and unpacking your self-assembly unit. If you use scissors or a large knife to open the box, watch you don’t scratch or mark any of the pieces inside (these things are usually tightly packed with very little leeway).

Lay the cardboard packaging on the floor as it makes an ideal work surface, especially if the room has hard flooring, such as laminate or floorboards. If you don’t want to use the packaging, use a bedsheet or another soft surface instead. Either way, you need something to protect your new furniture (even if you’re working on a carpeted floor).

You will usually have an assembly drawing and parts list with the unit. Spend a few minutes checking all the parts and fixings are present and correct. There is nothing worse than discovering a screw or two missing half-way through the process. The package should also contain some of the tools needed to put it together, such as an Allen key or star key (once done, put the tools in a safe place).

How to assemble flatpack furniture
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Put all the fixings and small parts to one side or in containers (like plastic Tupperware boxes) so they don’t get ‘lost’.

Before you start assembling the unit, check all pieces to make sure they’re in excellent condition as they sometimes pick up knocks during storage and delivery. If any of the pieces are marked, it’s your call on what action to take with regards to returning the piece or carrying on regardless.

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