Furniture Assembly Challenge – A 12-Drawer Queen Sized Storage Bed!
It was a new apartment. The furniture movers just left. We were called in for a 9pm appointment. The client mentioned it was a big bed on the phone. However, when we opened the box that evening, we found over 100 pieces of all shapes and sizes. Most importantly, we now noticed that there were 12 drawers! We silently unpacked, settled down, and got ready for a very long evening. We had to finish this furniture assembly project so that our client could get a good night’s sleep. We accepted the challenge. The Challenge Began!
Perhaps not as difficult as a SpaceX mission to Mars, but assembling a 12-drawer bed was no easy task. Despite a few complications along the way, we managed to complete the job by 2am that night. Thankfully, although tired, our client was happy with the final result – A Fully Armed and Operational 12-drawer Queen Sized Storage Bed!
Our Client’s Requirements
We received a call one summer afternoon asking for help to assemble a bed that same evening. We accepted the late booking, as we have a lot of experience assembling furniture. The requirements were:
- Come by at 9pm and assemble a 12-drawer storage bed from Walmart.
- Must work quickly and finish the project on the same night.
- Keep everything clean so that the client can get some rest after her exhausting day of moving and unpacking.
Where to begin? Here’s What You Need To Know!
Many people are intimidated by the idea of putting together furniture from IKEA, Wayfair, Walmart, or similar. They often assume that they will need to buy an expensive screwdriver, power drill, socket wrench set and more, in order to get the job done. However, this is not generally the case.
In reality, all you need is a screwdriver set, an adjustable wrench, and a hammer. These items can be found in the hardware section of any hardware store, or even at Dollorama if you reside in Canada. For these tools, you can expect to pay $10 at most at Dollarama, or $30 at a local hardware store – and this is if you don’t already have these basic tools to begin with.
How to assemble Furniture in Half the Time with This Tip
- Open all boxes, cut them up, and use the cardboard pieces as a soft surface to lay big and/or delicate assembly pieces on. It’s best to open all boxes and bags before you start assembling anything. If any bags are numbered, keep the contents of each numbered bag in separate piles and place the numbered bags in the piles they belong to for future reference.
- Lay out all the pieces separately from each other so that you can quickly find what you are looking for as you assemble your unit.
- Once everything is neatly organized, read through the instructions manual thoroughly. This will provide you with a general foresight of how the unit will come together to form a finished piece. Be sure to read any important notices or comments if you see any.
- Next, when you begin to assemble the unit, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer, and Don’t Skip Ahead. Finish one section at a time, and in the proper order.
- As you near the end of your assembly, before your unit becomes too heavy to move, it’s best to move the incomplete structure to its final resting position. For example, if you are building a cabinet, once the frame is done, move the frame to its final spot along the wall before you attach any doors, drawers, mirrors, shelves, etc.
- Once everything is assembled, do a snug-test for strength to see if everything is secure. The last thing you want is a glass cabinet door or something to fall off by accident and kill your lovely dog.
- Again, just to be safe, hand tighten all easily accessible screws, such as drawer handles, door arms, etc.
- Once everything is done and secure, Congratulations! You can now put your tools away in a safe place, and again, congrats for finishing your project!
Basically, the trick to assemble a furniture kit is to keep things organized while you work. Maintain a sense of order. Spread out your pieces so that you can locate them quickly, but take your time. Try to understand how things come together before you attach anything together. This will help you foresee possible problems, such as holding the wrong piece or placing your piece at the wrong angle. If you spot a problem, Stop, and make sure you line everything up visually with the drawings on the instructions booklet. Don’t think it, or try to guess-visualize it, just make it look exactly like the pretty pictures. If you do this, in time, you can assemble things without even thinking, and before you know it, you will become a Master Chief at Furniture Assembly!
For additional tips on furniture assembly, check out our Ikea and Wayfair Furniture Assembly gallery post.
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Beyond by BLACK+DECKER Home Tool Kit with 20V MAX Drill/Driver – There are many slightly cheaper alternatives for tool kits with a drill, but we chose to recommend this starter kit because it’s from Black and Decker. It comes with stronger drill bits, screwdriver bits, and tools. You can’t use this for building a deck, fixing a roof, repairing your car, or anything else that is considered hardcore, but it’s great for furniture assembly, fixing bikes, and simple repairs. The quality is a step up from the DEKOPRO unit we recommend below, because this kit also comes with a drill/driver. It’s a good starting package for DIY enthusiasts who would like to learn how to fix things around the house. Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
DEKOPRO 150 Piece Tool Set – The tool set is outfitted with an assortment of tools to help you tackle household jobs. It contains essentials needed for most small repairs, furniture assembly, and basic DIY projects around the house, plus, it comes in a rugged case for easy transportation. It’s not too expensive, however, it‘s best used for simple repairs. We don‘t recommend using this set to fix your car, or for any long term hard labor, like decking or fixing a roof. Otherwise, it‘s a great set to have for emergencies, and it makes a thoughtful gift for men. 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
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!
Corded or Battery Powered Drill With No Slip Clutch For Torque Control – Never use a drill with no torque control for furniture assembly. Period. It will cause your screws to strip the threads of the pre-drilled holes, or worse, it will drill the screw right through the board and into your floor. Best to avoid ever buying a drill with no torque control.
Need Help with your own furniture assembly? Let’s Talk!
We know how exciting it feels to get a new piece of furniture for your home. However, after opening the box, that feeling of excitement might change into doubt and Total Fear! If you’ve purchased a new bed set, cabinet, TV stand, or more, and you need help to put everything together, Handyman and Designs is here to help you with your work. Check out our rates, or our list of Handyman Services » Furniture Assembly, and Contact Us today. We would love to help!