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.
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.
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 🙂
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