Shopping for furniture is great fun (well for some), but when it comes to furniture assembly people can generally fall into four categories.
1. People that hate anything that comes in a flat pack.
2. People who enjoy trying to use the information-lacking instructions to successfully put furniture together.
3. People that know it has to be done sooner or later and dig in.
4. People who know better than to waste their time and outsource furniture assembly on Airtasker.
Whether you attempt to tackle the flat pack or outsource it, here are 8 tips that are essential for successful furniture assembly.
Ever heard ‘preparation is the key to success’? Well it’s absolutely true. Here’s how to start:
• Make sure you have enough space in the room and clear away things that can be easily knocked over
• If you’re working on a floor that might get damaged, put a towel or old bed sheets down to protect it
• Get something to put all the screws, bolts, dowel rods etc into
• Lay out all of the pieces according to size and shape
2. Follow the instructions
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Many people would actually say to read the instructions rather than follow the instructions, but most people don’t read the instructions beginning to end before they start and that’s perfectly ok!
What is important though when following the steps is to not jump ahead nor take shortcuts, you will be kicking yourself later if you need to take it all apart and start again.
There are two types of tool that you will need – specialist tools that are supplied with the furniture (e.g. allen keys), and your own standard tools such as screwdrivers and hammers. With that being said, it’s important to remember:
• Don’t lose the specialist tools as they often can’t be replaced unless you go back to the supplier.
• Make sure you use proper standard tools, i.e. a bread knife is not a substitute for a screwdriver.
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4. Leave Enough Time
When estimating how long it will take you to build a piece of flat pack furniture, the golden rule is to remember that it will always take you longer than you think. Even for small items you should be realistic about how long it will take you. If you are building something large, leave yourself several hours.
The key to successful furniture assembly often comes down to tightening. To make sure you’ve done in correctly, make sure you:
1. Put all of the screws in place before fully tightening
2. Do not over tighten. Flat pack furniture does not rely on the strength in your arms to give it stability. In fact you can often damage the boards if you over tighten too much.
6. Teamwork or Solo?
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you do or don’t have people to help you out. As the saying goes ‘many hands make light work’ but there’s also the other one whereby ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’.
If you go solo:
1. It will take you longer
2. Less likely to make mistakes
3. Less arguments
If you get some help:
1. Bigger pieces can be put together easier
2. Less physical input demanded
7. One at a Time
The first rule of furniture assembly is to never start a new piece of flat pack furniture until you fully completed the first piece you already started.
Why? Because more likely than not, you’ll mix up the pieces and parts will get lost if you try to do more than one at a time.
The final IKEA furniture assembly tip is to go back to the item after three or four days of use to check all of the screws and fittings. Tighten any that are loose and make sure everything is working properly. If you do this you will have a solid item of furniture that will last.