IKEA furniture is amazing. Not only is it affordable, it also requires that you assemble it upon arrival - giving yourself a weekend DIY project. However, the true cost will come out a couple of hours after you have to figure out how assembling IKEA furniture works.
To increase your chances of success, use the tips below the next time you have an IKEA furniture assembly project on your hands:
1. Get Help
Most times, you won’t be able to handle the project on your own. Therefore, it might go a good idea to ask your spouse, housemate, children, neighbors, and/or friends over to help you out. You can also skip the hassle altogether and hire a professional IKEA assembler.
2. Organize Everything
Before jumping right into the project, ensure that everything is organized. Spread all the tiny pieces out – nuts and bolts – in a visible area with enough space to start the assembly. So that the small pieces don’t get lost, keep them all together.
3. Go Slow
Although you might have great multi-tasking skills, assembling IKEA furniture is not something you can rush into. In fact, it is highly recommended that you first start with one piece of furniture, follow the accompanying directions, go step by step, and check everything once you are done.
4. Invest in Tools
IKEA provides mini tools with their furniture. However, these are not the most efficient to use for the assembly projects. Therefore, you might want to buy a couple of the basics, such as hammers and screwdrivers. They will come in handy once you get started and you can use them for other projects around the house later.
5. Create a Work Space
As you prepare the area where you will be working from, ensure that there’s some relaxing music playing, the space is adequate for the project, and that you are in a creative mood. The lighting, of course, should also be adequate so you can see what you're doing.
6. Peruse the Assembly Manual
After looking at all the furniture parts carefully and analyzing the curves, holes, and other features, go over the manual. Review all the pictures and learn as much as you can about the project you are about to embark on. This prior preparation will ensure you adopt an easier, more informed approach once you get started.
7. Plan It Out
Most pieces from IKEA – such as beds – require tons of time of assembly. This means you might want to plan for the project, set aside enough time to do everything, and write down the place. The plan you lay out should cover:
8. Be Careful
Always take the project slow and be careful with every piece you are assembling. You certainly don’t want to have broken pieces and ends on your hands even before you are done.
9. Check the Fit
In case two pieces of the IKEA furniture are not coming together, closing, or sliding right, then it is likely that the dowels, bolts, and nuts aren’t fastened correctly or tightly. It might also be a sign that you put the pieces together the wrong way.
This means that you should always check the fit of every piece as you make progress during the project. You certainly don’t want to have to go back all over again because of a couple of missteps that you might have avoided by checking every piece to see if it fits into the one you’ve attached it to.
10. Understand Your Team
Only work with people who will complement what you already know. For instance, if you are good at reading manuals and you have good visual skills but are hopeless when it comes to the actual assembly, get a friend who is talented at putting the pieces together or using a hammer/screwdriver.
11. Mix and Match
Although you might be tempted to get everything from IKEA, it might be better if you bought others from another store. For example, you might want to get your bed from IKEA but go to a different store for a higher quality mattress after you’ve assembled the bed.
12. Get Professional Help
Last but not least, not everyone is able to pull off IKEA furniture assembly. At times, you just won’t have the skills, talent, eye for detail, and everything else required for assembling IKEA furniture.
Should this apply to you, the best option would be to ask for help from a team of professionals trained and experienced in the assembly of items bought from IKEA. Assembly Smart provides IKEA assembly in Jacksonville, but a simple search on Google should yield some local assemblers who can offer a hand.
If you have the knack for it, you work hard and you remain patient, you will soon be able to complete the project and have your inexpensive but functional and stylish piece of furniture up and standing. Use the tips and tricks outlined in this guide to make the process even easier, smoother, faster, and less of a headache.