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If DIY isn’t your forte, being landed with the task of creating a piece of furniture from a box containing a few obscure pieces may initially seem like an impossible task however with the right knowledge and preparation it can actually be pretty simple. We’ve put together some of our top tips for assembling flat pack furniture to make the whole experience run a lot smoother and you never know; you may actually enjoy it.
Before starting to assemble your furniture, we suggest you clear plenty of space and assembly should be carried out in the room and position that the furniture will be used.
Once you have the initial preparation out of the way, we advise you lay out all the pieces, fixings and tools neatly on the floor to ensure nothing is misplaced. This also gives you the chance to check you have all the required parts and there is nothing missing. You can then match these pieces to your assembly instructions with ease (the last thing you want is to misplace a vital screw!).
Don’t discard any of the packaging until you have checked that you have all the parts and fittings you will need.
Carefully spend time reading through the instructions included and identify each part before beginning to tackle the build. This is the step which most people tend to scrimp on, but taking time to digest the instructions will mean you have a good idea of the process which makes things easier in the long run. Ensure you follow each step methodically instead of rushing and skipping sections, as this will cause you to make mistakes which could be difficult to undo.
It is important to be patient when assembling furniture – it may be more time consuming than you had in mind, but the end result will be worth the effort. If you speed through the preparation and reading the instructions, then you are likely to get similar looking pieces mixed up by accident due to not taking your time.
Asking a relative or friend to help with the assembly is usually recommended especially for larger pieces of furniture as you may struggle by yourself. Usually you will need one person to hold things in place whilst the other secures them into place.
Once you’ve finished the assembly, we recommend checking the furniture entirely. This way you will see if anything is misassembled or if there is any damage. If you have to move the piece of furniture make sure you have help from a friend and be as careful as possible; as we advised earlier it is best to assemble the item as close to it’s new home as possible.
Make sure you check all fixings to make sure they are fully tightened and if the item is to be fixed to the wall make sure it is fully safe and secure.
Make sure you keep your assembly instructions in a safe place for future reference.
We hope you’ve found our top tips useful – happy building!