7 Mistakes to Avoid Building Flat-Packed Furniture

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Flat-packed furniture; an affordable and stylish option when you’re looking to decorate your home, and yet are on a budget. It’s affordable and still spruces up your home nicely. I think just about all of us have turned to flat-packed furniture at some point or another during our lives and although it certainly does have its positives, it also comes with its negatives.


First, there’s that dreaded IKEA trip, and then there is the issue of actually assembling the furniture. Trust me; I know the feeling. Although it’s easy to make a list of what you want to do with flat-packed furniture, we believe that when completing a task, you don’t want to go back and correct mistakes. Nobody has the time for that. So, we’ve compiled a list of what you want to avoid instead of what you want to do when building flat-packed furniture.


Now, without further delay, let’s dive in.


  1. Ditching the instructions. There is a time and place to prove your independence and trust me; building flat-packed furniture is not the time. Throwing that little pamphlet in the recycling bin is going to be a colossal error and far more damaging to your pride, in the long run, then it will be if you take the time to read it. Taking the time to, for a start actually opening it, and then carefully reading it from start to finish is always the better option than just tossing it the second you open the box. Let’s leave it at; the instructions are there for a reason.
  2. Not stopping when it’s broken. If you open the box and find that the headboard is broken, we strongly advise against plowing forward anyways. Your first step should be to contact the company and explain what happened and request a replacement or refund. Even if it’s your fault that the furniture is damaged, you still shouldn’t continue. Not only does it look bad, but it can also be dangerous. Having broken parts of any piece of furniture is potentially hazardous to you, and that’s not a chance you should take.
  3. Not following the steps in the right order. It can be tempting to pick the easiest thing on the list to do first but believe me; there’s a reason that they list the order in which you should do things. Although you might get the urge to do things outside of what the manual directs you to, you don’t want to. Only ever change the order of your building if you’ve done the same project so many times that you could do it without looking.
  4. Not receiving help. Flat-packed furniture is best done with a team, meaning that if you can get the assistance, you should take it. Not only will this make the task go much quicker, but you’ll also have other opinions to make sure that the job is done correctly and no mistakes are made. It’s overall just more efficient and faster to assemble flat-packed furniture if you’re doing it with a pal.
  5.  Not getting the basic tools. You may think that it’ll only take a simple screwdriver to put together your furniture, and some of it might, but you don’t know until you open it and you don’t want to be taken by surprise. I know, just about all flat-packed furniture sellers will insist that you only need what comes in the box (and maybe the occasional wrench), but that’s not always a guarantee. The real flat-packed furniture professionals take the time to invest in the basic tools. This isn’t to say that you have to go all out and get every tool you can think of, just a few basics that you think will come in handy when you’re assembling your furniture. A hammer, some assorted nails and screws, a drill, and a level are all probably a good start to your assembling journey.
  6. Not stopping when it doesn’t fit. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit. It’s as simple as that. Forcing something to fit where it doesn’t fit is a sure way to ruin your piece of furniture. If a peg doesn’t quite fit or the screw is having trouble going in, don’t force it. If this is the case, then you’re probably using the wrong piece. Screws will tend to look similar, with only a slight size difference, and the same goes for pegs. If you find yourself in this position, then take a moment and make sure what you’re doing is correct. Be sure that you’re actually supposed to be using wood or screws and then double-check to make sure you have the right one. If not, you may run into an issue.
  7. Not considering hiring someone to do it for you. Okay, I know, the whole point of flat-packed furniture should be that you do it yourself, but sometimes you need help, and that’s okay. Some flat-packed furniture is more difficult to assemble, and when this happens, you may want to consider hiring someone. It’ll save you time, they’ll already arrive with the right tools and know-how, and honestly, it’ll probably look a lot better then it will when you attempt to do it yourself. This isn’t to say that you should attempt DIY, but you should most certainly consider it if a project is getting too complicated and at least think about hiring someone.


Flat-packed furniture is widely used across the world and for a good reason too; it’s affordable and still keeps your home looking classy. Above are seven mistakes that you want to avoid when building flat-packed furniture. These are mistakes that we see happen all the time when people attempt to build flat-packed furniture, and we want to make sure that you don’t have them happen to you. Remember, you should at least consider hiring someone to do it for you; after all, you never know what’ll happen, and it may just be one of your best decisions. We hope this blog post has been helpful and you’ll now know what to avoid when you get back from your IKEA trip!

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