Edinburgh flat pack furniture assembly service
Flat Pack Furniture Assembly Service in Edinburgh. Contact HomeForce on 0131 315 0000 if you lack the time, skills, patience or inclination to do furniture assembly yourself.
Assembly of flat pack furniture has become almost mandatory for modern living. When moving home, simply decluttering or for a life changing event such as the arrival of a baby, then knowing an Allen key from a crosshead screwdriver becomes essential. With a busy life and a little procrastination however, your lovely new flat pack shelves / bed / cupboard / wardrobe can sit in the box for months. HomeForce is here to help.
We’ll arrange for a reliable, accredited Edinburgh Handyman to complete any flat pack furniture assembly quickly, efficiently and at a time that suits you.
Read on to find out potential costs and how long different flat pack furniture takes to assemble.
Plus, if you do want to try DIY we’ve listed our top tips at the bottom of this article.
What will it cost? How long will it take?
Many flat pack furniture assembly instructions include an “estimated time to build”. If this is not actually with the item then it might be in on-line information for the item.
Experienced flat pack furniture assemblers will usually take two thirds to three quarters of the time that the instructions suggest. If you have a few of the same item to be assembled then this first one will take longer than subsequent ones. This is the case even for someone who is experienced.
Also be aware that unpacking flat pack can be pretty time consuming. To save costs of employing someone to assemble furniture unpack it before they arrive. However, be careful not to throwaway or lose any parts or instructions.
HomeForce handymen make a minimum charge of £50 which covers the first hour. Each hour thereafter is charged at £50 / hour and is charged to the nearest half hour.
Every item is different but the following table provides approximate assembly times for many common items of flat pack furniture.
|2 door wardrobe||60 minutes|
|4 drawer chest of drawers||60 minutes|
|Double or King-sized bed||50 minutes|
|Bedside Cabinet||25 minutes|
|Bunk Bed||90 minutes|
|Nursery cot||60 minutes|
|Dining table||35 minutes|
|Dining chair||15 minutes|
Some flat pack furniture assemblers will take away the packaging (and let’s face it there can be a lot) but this isn’t a free service. The cost will be included in your total bill either as a separate item or as an overhead in a total price given.
What items can a HomeForce Handyman construct?
If it comes in a flat pack then a HomeForce handyman can build it
Our Handymen regularly tackle the items below.
- Children’s climbing frames (or outdoor structures)
- Dining tables
- Garden & Outdoor furniture
- Kitchen cabinets
- Living room furniture
- Seating /suites / sofas
- Shelving units
- Storage racks
- Television stands / Media units
- Toys (indoor or outdoor)
- If it’s not listed just call and ask
DIY flat pack furniture assembly?
If you decide to do flat pack furniture assembly yourself then here are HomeForce’s top tips.
- Keep your receipt until you’ve built the item and are happy with it.
- You might need it if parts are missing (See point 3 below).
- Better still, keep the receipt with the tools & instructions (See point 10 below).
- Make space to work.
- Even if it means moving things out of the room.
- Yes, it does take time but it will save time in the long run.
- You’ll be able to get on with the job rather than inching obstructions out of the way and looking for parts that you put “somewhere safe”.
- Remove and clear away (but don’t throw away) all packaging before starting.
- Once done lay out all the parts and make sure everything needed is there, down to the last washer.
- Parts are missing from flat pack furniture more often than you may think.
- If a part is missing, call the manufacturer to ask for a replacement straight away. They may have terms that limit the time period when replacements are available.
- Suppliers like IKEA might 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.
- Use large pieces of packaging as a work surface:
- “Upside down” assembly is required at some point for many items. Using the packaging will protect surfaces.
- On hard floors such as tiles, laminate, hardwood or even some vinyls this is particularly the case.
- Read the instructions all the way through before you start.
- Jumping straight in is tempting but can take longer if you need to redo some assembly step.
- Take time to identify each screw against the picture in the instructions.
- Bolts or screw damaged by being forced could compromise the stability of the item.
- Use the right tools.
- The wrong sized screwdrivers or spanners can damage screw heads or bolts. And they just take longer.
- If you have one, use a power screwdriver with a torque setting to prevent over tightening.
- 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 baton or spar.
- Larger items are much easier to do with two people.
- On the flip side, instructions might indicate that two people are needed but this instruction is often advisory rather than an essential.
- Use straps (usually provided) to secure tall items to walls.
- This will prevent it from toppling over. Especially if “little people” use it as a climbing frame.
- Don’t start when there is pressure on your time (for example when you are tired and want to get to bed). Rushing furniture assembly is a quick way to damaging an item.
- Once the item is built put the tools provided and instructions 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 it.
- For something a little more bespoke, a bit of flat pack furniture can often be adapted by a skilled joiner or handyman. This will usually be cheaper than constructing something entirely from scratch.