Flat pack furniture assembly
These days flat pack furniture assembly skills are almost mandatory for new home owners. Equally, when there’s another significant change in one’s life, such as the arrival of a baby, then knowing an Allen Key from a Phillips screw driver becomes essential.

By design, flat pack furniture it is intended to be quickly and easily assembled. However, it can be a daunting task and, with a little bit of procrastination, your new furniture could sit in a corner for months. 

If that’s the case, you could call HomeForce to arrange for an Edinburgh Handyman to do the work. One of our handymen will have the experience and tools to complete the work quickly and efficiently.

However, If you want to try it yourself, here are some tips for stress free flat pack furniture assembly: 


  1. Carefully remove all packaging and lay all the parts out. 

    By laying all the parts out you’ll quickly know if anything is missing. If it is, call the manufacturer straight away to replace it. For large items, places like IKEA, ask you to send a photo of the item with a clear explanation of what the problem is, together with a copy of your receipt.

  2. Read the instructions right through, then read them again. It’s tempting to jump straight in but by doing so can take longer if you need to redo some vital part.

    Take the time to identify each screw against the picture in the instructions. If you force the wrong fixing into the incorrect position, you could damage the item. 

  3. Use the right tools for the job. Using incorrectly sized screwdrivers or spanners can cause screw heads or bolts to become damaged.

    If you have one, use a power screwdriver or screw driver with a torque setting to prevent over tightening. 

  4. Don’t fully tighten screws until everything is put together. Leaving them loose until the end will give a bit of play to position that awkward batten or spar. 

  5. Larger items are much easier to do with two people. 

  6. For tall items be sure to use straps (usually provided) that attach the item to walls and prevent it toppling over.

  7. Avoid starting when there is pressure on your time (for example when you are tired and want to get to bed) this can lead you to rushing things and damaging the items. 

  8. Once you have completed the construction of the furniture put the tools and instructions that were provided in a plastic bag and tape it to the back or underside of the item. That way you will always have them if you move and need to disassemble the item.

  9. If you are looking for something a little more bespoke than a standard bit of flat pack furniture items can usually be adapted by a skilled joiner or handyman. This can often be cheaper than constructing something from scratch. Contact HomeForce to arrange for a handyman to discuss your requirements with you. 

Following are approximate time guides for flat-pack furniture assembly. How long it actually takes can vary depending on your DIY skills, clarity of instructions and who the manufacturer is:

2 door wardrobe
60 minutes 
4 drawer chest of drawers   60 minutes
Double or king size bed
50 minutes 
Bedside Cabinet 
25 minutes
Bunk bed
90 minutes
Nursery Cot
60 minutes
Dining Table
35 minutes 
Dining Chair 
15 minutes

Don’t forget to allow time for cleaning up and disposing of packaging. 
Below are some of the items regularly tackled by HomeForce Handymen:
  • Seating/suites
  • Living room furniture
  • Media units
  • Storage
  • Dining tables and chairs
  • Desks & Tables
  • Beds
  • Cabinets & Wardrobes
  • Garden & Outdoor furniture
  • Bookcases
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • CD/DVD storage racks
To arrange for an HomeForce Edinburgh handyman to visit you call 0131 315 0000, complete the request a visit form on this website or email info@homeforcegroup.co.uk