Tips for IKEA Furniture Assembly

As many of you saw from my Facebook update the other day, I recently bought a big-boy bed for Levi from IKEA. New roommate Mike was awesome and helped me put it together.

Putting together Ikea bed

Of course, putting together furniture from IKEA isn’t always as easy as people make it sound. (Obviously. That’s why I enlisted Mike’s help in the first place.) My friend Joe offered to write a post for my readers giving tips to make it easier if you undertake the task of putting together a Swedish masterpiece yourself.


Assembling IKEA furniture is not always an easy or pleasant task. Although the completed project will surely make a great addition to your home or office, you will have to work hard and be patient to finish the job. If you want a few tips on making your next IKEA construction project a success, read ahead.

Get the Right Tools

Before you begin assembling your IKEA project, invest in some quality tools. Although many IKEA products come with a few tools, you’ll probably have an easier time using a collection of durable tools instead. An electric screwdriver can save your wrist and your time. Yep, we used a drill for some of the screws and it made it go a LOT faster.

Clear Enough Room

Be sure you have enough space to work on your IKEA project. Unless you know how much space your completed project needs, clear a wide path for your work. This will prevent you from having to sit on the floor in uncomfortable positions while you work. Levi’s a toddler. His toys are everywhere. I can’t tell you how many times I stubbed my toe trying to climb over trucks and dinosaurs to hunt for the next piece I needed for the bed.

Organize the Contents

Before you start putting pieces together, do a quick inventory of each piece involved in your project. Make sure you have the correct number of smaller accessories, including dowels and screws. If you’re missing one of these pieces, you may be able to replace it from your own collection of screws and other components. However, if a major furniture piece is missing, you will need to go the store to get a replacement. Be sure to keep your receipts so that you can get a replacement part easily. If you purchased your product online, IKEA offers phone support for missing components. Yeah, this is something I’ll definitely do next time. I half-organized, and it wasn’t enough. I had to sift through all the screws and compare sizes over and over again to make sure I was using the correct item.

Take a Break

Many people experience frustration when trying to put IKEA products together. If you’re starting to feel stressed from your project, take a break and do something else. You’ll have more success with your project if you’re in a good mood. Amy from Grinning Cheek To Cheek stopped by with McFlurries. I highly recommend taking an ice cream break. Or vodka.

Get Help

If you’re having trouble with your assembly project, ask for some help from a friend or family member. Your assistant may have some assembly experience with IKEA products. Additionally, having someone to hold tools and furniture pieces can help speed up the assembly process. If you are looking for professional help, contact the professionals at 3PD, who has a professional furniture assembly team ready to help assemble any type of home furniture. Obviously I went this route. I’m really glad I did, too, because some pieces would have been impossible to connect and secure by myself.


Even though I didn’t follow all of Joe’s advice above, I still think Levi’s bed turned out pretty well! Next time, I’ll definitely take some of those tips into consideration, though. I need to preserve what little sanity I have left 🙂

Levi Ikea Bed Finished

This post brought to you by 3PD.


  1. sara m ford says:

    I have been told ikea things are very easy to put together. I for one have never got to buy anything there but one day hope to

  2. I love putting ikea furniture together! Weird but I love it lol. Thanks for the extra tips! I will keep these in mind next time I buy something from IKEA

  3. Tanya park says:

    I have put together a lot of furniture and my biggest tip is do not let you husband near it ! My husband refuses to use the instructions and always does something wrong that I then have to try and fix, luckily only once was it not fixable- we had to buy a new item since he destroyed the first. Oh well!

  4. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    I’ve never purchased anything from Ikea. The closest one to me is 2 hours away. I will go there some day though!

  5. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Great bed. Is it a bunk bed? We always got stuff from Ikea because it is cheaper and great quality. We still have dressers, bedside tables from them.

  6. Never been to Ikea. If we ever buy something, I will just let my hubby handle it, lol. He loves putting stuff together.

  7. Amber Nara says:

    I bought a big armour and by the time we got done putting that thing together….I thought me and the hubby were gonna lock each other in it!!! lol PAIN in the REAR…..Best of luck to newbies! Some items on the other had that are small are no biggie. It’s the BIG items!

  8. Definitely saving this for reference! Great tips!

  9. bianca roman says:

    I’ve wanted to have IKEA products in my possession since I first found out about them..but alas, it hasn’t happened yet 🙁 I kept hearing it’s so easy to put together, but obviously not of all it LOL. I don’t think I own any other tools other than the common ones AHHH

  10. Great post! I couldn’t imagine having to assemble anything so if it can be laid out step by step maybe I stand a chance lol

  11. Ana Cláudia says:

    so nice, great tips

  12. Becky Bryant says:

    Thanks for some of the tips you have given us here. Everytime I buy something that I have to put together it is a major chore. These tips will definitely help the next time. Thanks again.

  13. These are great tips! I’ve put together quite a few bookshelves and a desk but nothing else. We’re planning on getting some new furniture for the kids rooms in the Spring and these tips will help a lot.

  14. Megan Blumenthal says:

    Great tips! Ikea furniture can be such a pain! Cheap, but sometimes not worth the hassle!! Thanks for the helpful tips

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