Flat-packed furniture, a modern-day nightmare

Flat-packed furniture is like Marmite, you either love it, or you hate it. For those who find it a hellish task – only good for breaking up families and friendships – we are here to help you decipher the DIY lingo and understand those hieroglyphics known as ‘diagrams’.

For first time buyers, flat-packed furniture can easily be seen as just another added stress, absolutely the last thing you need when doing up your new home. That’s why we are here to give you some top tips on how to get through with minimal trauma.

Read the instructions

We can all be prone to thinking we got this, that we are the best flat-pack furniture maker there ever was…who are we kidding? First things first, get the instructions out and cross-check all components. You’ll be sorry if you get to the final hurdle only to notice that you are missing one vital screw.

Take it slow

Take your time to make sure all pieces are the right way round and that you are using the right fixings. Before you take out your tool of choice, study the diagrams carefully – a lot of the pieces may look quite similar but you could save yourself a lot of trouble by being careful and getting it right first time.

Use a light hand

Don’t rush in there all guns blazing, fastening the screws too tightly. You never know, you might get it wrong and even have to take the furniture apart later down the line to rectify a hastily made mistake. Ensure all fixtures are tight enough to be secure, but not so tight that you damage the screw head!

Get yourself to IKEA!

Get down to IKEA and start furnishing. You’ll be a flat-pack king/queen in no time!

Tell us all about your flat-packed nightmares or successes below.

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