Flatpack furniture is designed to be easy to assemble. However, we understand that whilst for some people flatpack furniture assembly is easy, there’s just as many that find it a real struggle. Here’s our guide to help make the occasion as stress-free and straightforward as possible.
Get the right tools
- Always check the instructions before you start. You will most typically require:
- Cordless drill with range of drill bits
- Tape measure (metal retractable)
- Flat or Phillips head screwdriver of appropriate size
- A spirit level
- An extra pair of hands – never hurts to have some help!
Read the instructions
- Read the instructions thoroughly, understand how long it’s going to take, what kind of working space you’re going to need and how complex the build is likely to be.
Make sure you get help where needed
- Ok, how many people are required to complete the build? Is everyone present and correct? Don’t start without the correct amount of people present. If the pieces are heavy or awkward to carry as you could do damage to yourself and the product by moving them alone.
Start nice and early
- Start early and be fresh. Resist the temptation to start building after a hard days work. Especially if you are feeling tired. Tempers can rise quickly during flatpack furniture assembly, as can the likelihood of mistakes, especially when you’re tired. Make sure you and your assistants are well rested and good to go!
Clear a good work area
- Clear a larger than necessary working space. Give yourself a good area to manoeuvre the product around as you construct and make sure the area is clean and free of anything fragile – particularly glassware or other furniture.
Lay out and identify all of the parts
- Lay out all the parts and pieces in your large work area and check that they are all present and correct, identify pieces that you will need first (all of our products have a little orange sticker in the top corner with the part number), then begin to lay them out in the order you’ll need them. Check for damage. If any parts are damaged and these are facing parts (i.e. damage you can see from the outside), stop and report it immediately to the manufacturer. All reputable sellers (Cough! Us!) offer a spares and replacements service, so if it’s got a ding, scratch or chip let us know and ask for replacement parts.
Store away safely all smaller parts and accessories
- Place smaller items, such as nuts bolts and screws into small containers – there’s nothing worse than scouring the carpet looking for the last tiny screw!
Protect your floor with the cardboard packaging
- Don’t throw away that cardboard packaging yet – if you have a hard floor you could use the cardboard as cushioning. Holding both the pieces and your floor safe from scratches as you build.
Keep checking that everything is square and level
- Assembly has commenced! Check each part is square and level and that you have aligned the pieces correctly. Use your spirit level to double check and make necessary adjustments to square it up – this will save you in the long run. If in doubt – refer back to the instruction manual for hints and tips. Our instruction manual point out important areas to consider as you build, such as finished sides, bolt holes and any other product features that would help you identify which way up parts need to be.
- Resist the urge to overtighten – this can cause issues later in the build and can knock the construction out of square. Once the bolt gets tight, that’s it, you’re good to move on!
Don’t tighten hinges until you’re confident they’re right
- Don’t tighten hinges until you’ve checked that the doors are square and level and that the operate as they should. It always helps to have a second pair of eyes at this point helping make the adjustments.
Keep an eye out for common issues
- Keep an eye out for common mistakes. Identify finished sides and which way up each part should be. Make sure you know which screw is needed at which step and use the scale ruler at the beginning of the book to determine screw lengths. If in doubt ask us on Live Chat and we’ll pull up the instructions and go through it with you!
Don’t anticipate the next step
- Try not to anticipate the build and make sure you stick to the instructions. This can lead to errors or steps being missed completely. Toolboxes across the country are filled with spare brackets and screws from missed steps in flatpack furniture assembly. Don’t be one of them!
Tea, biscuits and regular breaks
- Our last tip is a simple one. Keep the tea and biscuits flowing. Take regular breaks and don’t let it get on top of you. If you feel your blood beginning to boil have 5 or 10 minutes away from it. Calm down and come back to it. You’ll be amazed what it can do to calm you down. If you’ve completely had enough then leave it and come back to it in the morning.
We hope our little guide gave you some hints and tips on how best to start your next flatpack furniture adventure. If it did please share!