How to Assemble Home Furniture


Assembling your own furniture can be a daunting task, especially for larger pieces. If you assemble a piece of furniture on your own, allocate enough time for the task. With organization and strict adherence to the product's step-by-step instructions, assembling your own home furniture can be a rewarding and money-saving experience.

  • Determine whether you can move the box containing your new piece of furniture alone. If not, enlist the help of others to move it near to where you are planning on placing it once assembled. This will help you avoid having to carry the assembled furniture up the stairs or trying to fit it through a doorway.

  • Clear an assembly space that is larger than the finished piece of furniture with extra room for tools and trash. Solid surfaces like wood or cement floors are best. Avoid plush carpets as they do not provide a flat work surface and small components can be lost in them.

  • Open the box and remove its contents. The cardboard may be moved to your designated trash area or be used to protect the work surface. If you are using the box to protect the work surface, break it and lay it flat on the floor.

  • Locate the assembly instructions and parts list. Using the parts list, organize the materials by type to verify that all necessary materials were included. Place any protective or shipping material in the designated trash area.

  • The tools needed to assemble the furniture may have been included in the box. If not, identify the tools needed to assemble the piece of furniture and bring them to your assembly space. Designate an area to keep them so you don't have to spend extra time looking for lost tools. Power tools can significantly speed up the assembly process if you have them.

  • Assemble your new piece of furniture by following the step-by-step instructions. Do not skip steps or assemble pieces out of order. Remember that the product's designers wrote the instructions so consumers can assemble the product as quickly as possible. Do not over-tighten screws.

  • Once you have completed the last step, verify that your new piece of furniture is complete, taking note if you have any leftover parts. Take a step back and admire your handiwork.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider using knee pads when working on wood or cement floors.
  • Using wood glue, even when it is not called for in the assembly instructions, can add to the structural integrity of the piece of furniture.

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