IKEA has become one of the most prosperous furniture companies in the world. Its flat-pack furniture is affordable & can be delivered to your house within days. You can assemble & disassemble it as you please. However, some people are intimidated by IKEA’s pictogram directions and minimalist tools. Even if you’ve already been an “IKEA-phobe” in the past, with a few of these tips & tricks, you’ll have that \bookcase, or \table put together.
Inspect Your Purchase Thoroughly
While you’re in the store, before you make your purchase, do a comprehensive inspection of the flat-packed box to ensure there are no nicks, dents, or dings on it. Don’t bother bringing the box house if it’s damaged, because the contents could be damaged. When you find a pristine box & bring it home, analyze all the pieces and assess them against the packing list to ensure you have everything you require. If something’s missing, call customer service, and they’ll send it to you free of charge.
Read the Directions
Don’t start assembling your IKEA furniture until you have read through the instructions thoroughly. Check the drawings carefully, & lay all the pieces out to match up with the diagrams provided. Only then will you be ready to put it together!
Prepare the Space
To avoid frustration, prepare your work area. Make sure you have enough space to put all the pieces together and room to maneuver around. To protect both your flooring and the finish on your new furniture, line the floor with cardboard. You can even use the box the furniture came in!
Flat-pack furniture is not necessarily known for its sturdiness. You can shore it up, though, with some wood glue. Just be sure to wash fit all the pieces together first before gluing them. Remember, once you’ve glued it, you can’t go back. While you arrange everything together, confirm that you have all the pieces in the right place and facing the right direction.
Have a Hammer Handy
If you’ve purchased a piece with dowel pins that will need to be sunk into predrilled holes, do yourself a favor and use a hammer or rubber mallet for the heavy work. These holes are a tight squeeze, and the hammer will help you get the pieces lined up & flush. Just be sure to be gentle; tap the dowels lightly to get them in. Using too much force could end up damaging the piece.
Pick-Up the Power Tools
IKEA provides all the tools you need to assemble your furniture, but sometimes an Allen wrench just doesn’t cut it. To rate some steps along, have a power drill handy, along with a hex bit set, & a Phillips head bit.
Call in the Professionals
For those who can’t or do not want to do it themselves, IKEA has partnered with local professionals who will deliver Plus assemble your purchase. In some markets, they’ll do the shopping for you too. Another alternative would be to hire an independent professional IKEA assembly service with expertise in assembling all types of IKEA furniture.