How to assemble flat-pack furniture

Even people who consider themselves to be useless at DIY will probably have tried to put flat-pack furniture together.  Flat-pack furniture is popular with retailers because they can keep more stock in a smaller space, while consumers like it because it costs less than pre-assembled units.  There are a few steps you can take to ensure that the process of putting together everything, from a CD tower to a new bed, goes smoothly.

Read the instructions all the way through before you start, making sure that you have all the equipment you need and that you understand all the instructions.  If there are any terms you do not understand do not guess what they mean; look them up.  Give yourself plenty of space and a clutter-free work area so that you do not lose any vital pieces or tools and everything is close at hand.

Check that all the parts you need have been included before you even start the assembly.  There is nothing worse than getting all the way through a job, only to find the very last screw was not included.  Use small tubs to keep the different types of screws together and prevent any from going missing during the assembly process.

Take your time to follow each step thoroughly and right to the end.  Never be tempted to ignore one of the instructions because you think there is a better way of doing something; the manufacturers will have tested out all the possible ways of putting this particular item together and there will be a good reason why they have rejected your brilliant idea.

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