Furniture assembly without proper instructions and a heap of patience can really test your limits, but once it’s done, it’s done. And more often than not, you’re super happy with the results.
Self-assembly furniture is often an economical way to design your home, but if the thought of sitting on the floor with an Allen key in one hand and a stiff drink in the other, these tips and tricks will help.
1. Assess the Job
Whether you’ve just picked out your living room furniture piece or it’s just turned up on your doorstep, it’s a good idea to unpack it before you begin to build. Take everything out of the boxes to ensure nothing is broken or damaged. You can also check the contents against the instructions to ensure you have all the correct bits and pieces. You could also break down the box to create a flat surface that protects your floor or carpet.
2. Never Buy a Dented Box
If you’re out shopping for flat-pack dining room furniture, hallway furniture (or furniture in general), the one thing you don’t want to do is pick up furniture packed in a damaged cardboard box. Many retailers use minimal packaging for their flat-pack furniture, so things get damaged easily. If the package has a huge dent in it, the contents could be dented too.
3. Get Organised
Once you’ve picked the perfect box and made sure everything is present and correct, it’s time to get organised. Identify the parts and group relevant pieces together after looking at the instructions. When building big furniture pieces, you could find yourself surrounded by nuts, bolts, screws, washers, and more. Put things in paper cups to save you from losing small but vital parts.
4. Call For Help
There’s no getting away from it; compiling a beautiful piece of flat-pack furniture can be a real challenge; it’s not always something that can be done alone. So if you desperately need an extra pair of hands, don’t be afraid to ask for help — especially if things get heavy.
5. Follow the Instructions
We get it. Reading the instruction manual is boring, but honestly, it’s the only way you’re going to get your furniture looking (and working) the way you need it to. Study the illustrations to give you a clear picture of what needs to be done and take it step-by-step.
6. Check YouTube
Even with the instructions and all the right pieces, you could still run into trouble when building your furniture piece. Thankfully, the internet is your friend, and there are millions of people in the world who’ve also tackled difficult flat-packed furniture. Usually, there’s a solution or a handy trick online that will help. In addition, many companies offer helpful instructional videos on their website, and you can always check out the FAQs.
7. Ask a Pro
Rather than wasting time struggling with nuts, bolts and potential missing parts, if the going gets tough with flat-pack furniture, the tough get the professionals in. Hire a professional assembler to get the job done or look on sites like TaskRabbit for an extra pair of hands.
8. Use Glue
The last thing you need for your home is loose, unstable furniture that looks like it could collapse at any time. Instead of solely relying on the nuts and bolts provided, you could add a dollop of glue into the mix. Something hard-wearing, expanding and hard-working (that’s also clear coloured) could help hold everything together nicely.
9. Make Dowel Holes Bigger
You know those teeny, tiny, little holes that you’re supposed to insert the wood dowels far enough into to create a flush finish for your furniture? Well, sometimes, they’re just a bit too finickety for the job. Use a drill (and use it on reverse, so you don’t drill too far) to widen the dowel opening. This *should* make the process just a little bit easier.
So there you have it. Whether you’re a flat-pack newbie or you just need some handy tips, you should now have all you need to get building. And remember, if bits and pieces are missing, don’t panic. Simply contact the manufacturer, and they’ll be able to help. Good luck!