How to Save Time, Money and Stress When Assembling Furniture
Many people find reading an instruction booklet to assemble furniture from IKEA or Wayfair both frustrating and time-consuming. Sometimes, depending on the complexity of the item, the instructions can be a big challenge. You don’t know where to start or what to do if something goes wrong. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Over the years, we at Handyman And Designs have assembled countless pieces of furniture. Furniture like small wall cabinets up to bigger and more complex equipment for medical laboratories. In this following post, we demonstrate how a simple phone call for our listed services can quickly lead to the assembly of IKEA and Wayfair furniture for your home and/or business. Below, find a few sample photos of our completed work along with some Pro Tips on how to conquer your own assembly kits now and in your future to come.
Come by at 4pm to assemble the following furniture items:
- IKEA Queen-sized bed
- Wayfair TV table
- IKEA 3-door wardrobe
- IKEA 4-drawer cabinet
- and a lovely white IKEA desk
Additionally, an old wall shelf needs to be pulled down to make room for a new 3-door cabinet, and the cabinet then needs to be fastened to the wall to secure it into place.
Execution and The Final Result
To accommodate our client’s schedule, we came by at 4pm, on time, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. We began with the bed. Then the 4-drawer cabinet, then the 3-door wardrobe, … until we finally finished with the TV stand. We followed all instruction booklets to the letter, and improvised when needed. In the end, everything was assembled correctly. There were zero scratches, missing pieces, warped attachments, or driven through screw holes. Additionally, we cleaned up after each assembly, ensuring no mess was ever left behind. When done, our client was very happy with the results and thanked us for our professionalism and hard work.
Why Hire a Professional?
We specialize in assembling IKEA, Wayfair, and similar products. With over 10 years experience, there is no item we can’t assemble. When and if a surprise occurs, it’s because of our experience that we can always bring a project through to a clean finish. For example, the challenge with this particular assembly job was the Wayfair TV Stand. WOW. Just Wow!! The instructions were like a manual for a warp engine core written by Scotty himself from Star Trek. It took extra time to sort out what went which way and which connected to what-which and where. Nevertheless, with our relentless patience and years of professional experience, everything concluded into an object of perfect form – A Solid TV Stand.
Our Best Tips for Ikea and Wayfair Furniture Assembly
TIP #1: Always read the entire booklet before you start an assembly.
A common mistake people make is not reading the directions thoroughly before starting an assembly. It’s always a good idea to read ahead so that you can understand how what you do in step #1 can impact later steps in the line. Example, “oh, it must be placed in this fashion, because later, it will be attached to this piece here…”
TIP #2: Read ahead and Identify if you will need help.
By skipping forward a few pages in an instructional manual, you can generally see if you will need a hand or not. If later pages turn more into schematics for assembling a rocket ship, it’s best to contact a professional before any damage is done. Assembling a simple chair is one thing. To assemble a 12 drawer queen sized bed… things get complicated quickly. It’s better to hire a professional for an hour or two than to buy the same item twice.
TIP #3: Start with a drill and finish by hand.
IKEA furniture is fragile. If you would like to speed up your assembly, but don’t want to blow a screw right through both faces of your panels, then you will need a drill with torque control. See below for our recommended power drill.
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DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Impact Driver and Hammer Drill (DCK287D2) – For speed, if you don’t already have a set of drills, skip buying a cheap drill and get a set that will last for a very long time. This particular set from Dewalt includes an impact driver and drill/hammer drill. With this kit, you can pretty much drill into anything – wood, concrete, tile, steel… everything! For something delicate like IKEA furniture, simply set your torque dial down to 5 or 6 and this will prevent the screw from tearing into a panel. Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
38-Piece Magnetic Ratcheting Screwdriver Set – For IKEA and similar furniture, it’s always a good idea to tighten everything down by hand. This little set has all the bits needed to complete a furniture assembly project. As a bonus, it has a ratcheting system, so you don’t have to reposition your grip after each twist. It also has a magnetic tip, and you can store bits inside the handle. Neat! Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
A Set of Plastic Spinning Wall Anchor Screws – We always tell clients, “always use” the plastic set. Never the metal set. Why? Because plastic anchors absorb vibrations and never damage the surrounding wall. Whereas metal anchors, vibrations causes their hard surface to slowly, over time, wear out the wall like a saw cuts through wood. Eventually, they simply fall out altogether. As handymen in the field, we can’t count the amount of times we have seen metal anchors fail and fall off the wall. Never once have we seen a loose plastic anchor. TIP: Dip the anchor in water and then drill it into the wall for a cleaner entry. Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Tool Purchases to Avoid
For this project, there are tools that are needed, and then there are tools that should be avoided. The following are a few tools that you should absolutely never purchase!
Self-Drilling Metal Drywall Anchors – When it came time to anchor the cabinet to the wall, we stayed away from these metal anchors. Metal Drywall Anchors are especially bad for other projects like curtain installations. Over time, vibrations cause the anchors to chew up the hole and fall out. It’s best to always stick with plastic anchors for drywall.
Why Select Us To Assemble Your Furniture?
We strive to deliver a professional service that includes unpacking, assembling and installing furniture in your personal home or business. Our experience provides peace of mind knowing that no screw will be driven through a panel, all knobs will be aligned straight, no scratches will occur, and everything will be assembled as shown at IKEA itself. Remember, it only takes one “Ooops” to completely destroy an assembly. So if you haven’t done many assemblies yourself, and you’d like for yours to be done right, have a look at Handyman Services » Furniture Assembly or our Handyman rates, and Contact Us today for assistance. We are always happy to help.