Wanna build your own Bookcase, TV Stand, Wardrobes or a Set of Drawers… or even a Kitchen Table?
Flat-Pack Furniture is the answer. They are called so called because it comes “flat packed” with all the pieces to assemble it at home. They are cheaper because they save on “production, warehousing and transport costs” . Furthermore, they take up less space in the shop.
The “DIY (do It Yourself) Building Experience” can be done in a couple of hours and requires a lot of attention to details and patience. In the end, you will be proud with your result… and you saved a bit of money as well. Don’t worry… a Flat Pack will come with all the Instructions, Tools and Guidelines to ensure your success
Be careful using the tips below:
1) Choose a large an Area big enough for your construction – Make sure you have enough room to move around all sides of the finished piece. Before you start please ensure it will fit through the doorway. You don’t want to end up with a finished product that will not go inside the House, do you?
2) Unpack carefully and check everything before you start – Verify that you have all the pieces required to put it together. This operation will save you a lot of time afterwards… dicovering that you have a missing piece at the end is no fun at all. Top Tip: Use different type of tubs to sort out the different the fittings and keep them handy whilst building.
Count all the fittings and the screws to ensure you’ve got everything in the pack.
3) Familiarize yourself with the Instructions – The Manufacturer will tell you the exact order to complete the furniture – read your Instructions.
Always identify the correct piece before you realize that you’ve made a mistake. Try ruling out obvious panels until you’re left with the one you couldn’t identify in the first place.
4) Protect Area Before You Start Unpacking – Flat-pack furniture is often dusty. Protect your carpet or flooring with a large blanket or a piece of cardboard. Be careful if you’re constructing on top of a wood / laminate floor to avoid scratches.
4) Tighten all Joints – This may sound silly, but is easy to forget to tighten some of the joints … just to find that it’s wobbling in the end. Use the special fittings supplied. Top Tip – If the construction uses wooden dowels, use a dab of wood glue in each hole (sometimes it’s supplied) for really solid joints. Be careful if you think you might need to dismantle the furniture in the future. Wipe any excess of glue with a damp cloth immediately.
5) Verify Squareness of Corners – With Bookcases… usually the back board will determine the final shape. So, be careful and work methodically – corner to corner, half way to half way etc.
6) Constructing Flat-pack Furniture is hard – Don’t get frustrated if things don’t go your way. Step back, take a break and re-study your Instructions.
7) If you build tall pieces, make sure you’ve got sufficient space to the ceiling!
8) Take Care of Finishing Touchess – The final touch will make the difference. Fitting end caps or covers to screw holes etc. And if your furniture has doors, then align the hinges correctly to ensure a ‘seamless’ fit between doors. The same thing with drawers – Rails and finishing trims, sometimes bought separately, can add to the right look.
9) Consult a Qualified Electrician If Construction needs wiring,
If you’re thinking of a Flat-pack Kitchen, then think very carefully indeed. Putting the Cupboards together may be easy – it’s only when it comes to getting the doors to all line up, including the appliances. These are touches that will increase the value of your property.
Keep handy any Special Tools that came with your furniture – you may need them to periodically re-tighten joints. These Tools, having a decent cross-head and flat-head screwdriver, a small craft hammer for tapping in wooden dowels and/or panel pins and a hand electric screwdriver will save you lots of time.
About safety – Many Manufacturers will include a strap or a bracket to fix your new furniture to the wall so it can’t topple over. It’s very important that you use these straps and fixings to secure your furniture.