You have just bought a new piece of furniture and are about to mount it ? An Ikea, But or Castorama furniture ? Here are some tips that will be invaluable to you and will save you time when mounting your kit furniture.
Thanks to kit furniture, it is much easier today to assemble your furniture yourself, without the need to be a DIY expert. It is still necessary to know some elementary rules to be respected to carry out your assembly of furniture without bad surprise, and in complete safety.
Whether it is fitting a cabinet, a cupboard or a dresser, mounting a kit piece of furniture always begins with a phase of preparation for space and the various components of your kit.
Tip# 1: Free up your workspace.
This step may seem secondary, but it is essential. Indeed, the use of sharp or sharp tools is never trivial. It is therefore essential to protect your furniture, household appliances or even your television. The simplest way is to make room where you want to assemble your kit furniture. Choose a space large enough to be able to have all the elements and tools without them touching, while leaving a dedicated place for the assembly of your furniture. A space too small to mount a piece of furniture is also to take the risk of losing small elements essential to assembly.
The opinion of the pro: For an optimal furniture assembly, remember to install a protection on the ground, such as a tarp or a cardboard, before unpacking your packages. At the same time, you will protect your future furniture and your floor covering.
Tip# 2: Read the entire package leaflet before you start.
One of the points in common with all kit furniture, whether a table, a bed, or a dressing room, is that it is accompanied by an often simple and essentially reduced leaflet. It is important to read this entire leaflet before taking your tools. You will thus have a precise idea of the different stages which make up the assembly of your furniture. By knowing in advance the final rendering and the procedure to follow, you will avoid using the wrong elements or fixations, at the wrong time.
Tip# 3: Identify the different elements.
According to the manufacturer, the package containing your kit furniture will not be organized in the same way. Once unpacked, it is therefore recommended to identify each element of the furniture and each fixation to be used, then to group them distinctly according to the different stages indicated on the instructions. If an item on the package leaflet is not contained in your kit, do not start mounting the furniture and contact your manufacturer. You may never be able to finish the editing, or make your furniture fragile and dangerous once it is assembled.
The opinion of the pro: The two stages which precede are essential, and will allow you to save precious time during the assembly of your furniture in kit. They will also save you the unpleasant surprises once the assembly of your furniture has started.
Tip# 4: Choose the right tools
The principle of kit furniture is that it contains everything you need to assemble it. The Allen key, this small two-piece crank made famous by Ikea, has become an almost essential tool for mounting furniture. Other larger tools, such as a hammer or screwdriver, will not always be provided. It is therefore advisable to read the recommendations of the instructions on the tools to be used, so that they correspond exactly to the need for assembly. This will save you from damaging your furniture, especially if you are not used to this type of DIY.
The opinion of the pro: The use of a screwdriver can be very effective for mounting a kit piece of furniture, and save you precious time. However, using an electrical tool is not without risk, and it is recommended not to use it if you do not have a perfect command of its operation.
Tip# 5: The assembly must be fluid
Once the assembly of your furniture has started, you may be tempted to go as fast as possible. Always keep in mind that each element in its place, and that with some exceptions, the kit was well designed. The assembly of the different parts must therefore always be perfectly flexible: do not force, otherwise you risk deteriorating your furniture forever.
The opinion of the pro: If you have the impression that something is stuck, it is surely an error in the reading of the instructions or in the selection of the assembly parts.
Tip# 6: Certain elements must be mounted “in situation”
If your furniture contains long or fragile elements, it is recommended to mount them “in situation”, directly in the position where they will remain next. Thus, you will not take the risk of breaking them when they move. It will also allow you to be sure that they will have enough space to fit where you want to install your furniture.
The opinion of the pro: For furniture which occupies an important place, such as a table or a bed, it is recommended to mount it directly in the room and in the exact location where it is intended.
You now have all the keys in hand to perfectly edit your kit furniture. One last piece of advice: even if the editing may seem simple, don’t hesitate to get someone to help you make it happen. This will only make your job easier.
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Using two people to assemble furniture is recommended. You can have a hand on the assembly, and you can assist with the assembly. If you have a partner, it’s important to have an extra pair of hands. A lot of companies will include extra parts in their packaging. It’s easy to misinterpret them and not know how to assemble the pieces properly. Having two people with you will be much more convenient and will save you time and energy.