IKEA furniture building can be tedious, however it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 6 tips for getting your furniture to look as good in your home as it does in the store.
Always Be Prepared
First thing’s first, prepare an empty and clean work area for you to assemble the furniture, so when you come home, you don’t have to worry about that part. You’re going to want to give yourself some room, like double the space, so make sure that this area is at least twice the size of the assembled item. Once the space is created, you should then cover this area with a drop cloth and carefully place all the furniture’s components down.
Read the Instructions
This step seems redundant, but it is not. Most people glance at the instructions, casually, only to figure out later that what they thought they were doing right was actually wrong. Make sure you understand the instructions with 100% confidence before attempting the furniture assembly. As you go through these instructions, gather all the components that you will assemble together. I.e. the tools required, etc. Once you have all your parts, it is now time to assemble.
Use Your Own Tools
IKEA furniture often comes with hex keys, and you use them to screw the components together. But anyone who’s ever used them knows how difficult they can be. This difficulty can lead to frustration and mistakes. In order to help you on your Ikea building journey, your own tools will improve everything immensely. You can buy an affordable power screwdriver and hammer at a low cost, that will be worth your while. Worx sells everything you need, plus additional bits, depending on the furniture you’re assembling.
Use A Little Glue
IKEA furniture often has a tendency to wobble. You can fix this by applying a small amount of quality glue to the ends of the dowels. If you are connecting wood or metal, a good glue to use is White Gorilla Glue, and if you are connecting other types of surfaces, you should try Gorilla Construction Adhesive. These glues are good because not only are they strong, but they also expand as they dry, which will help alleviate the wobbling.
Use a Leveling App
Levelling can sometimes be a pain with IKEA furniture, however, you can easily solve this problem by using your smartphone. Both iPhones and Android devices have levelling apps that will let you know if a surface is uneven, and they will also indicate how to correctly use it. With iPhones and other iOS devices, this function comes with the built-in Compass app. To access this feature, load the app and swipe the screen toward the left. If you have an Android device, download the free Bubble Level app. A similar app is available as well for iOS. Once you’ve loaded the app, simply lay the device on the surface and level away.
Hire an Assembler
Let’s face it: assembling IKEA furniture is not exactly fun. It can be tedious and boring, and it requires lots of attention to detail. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it yourself. There are many highly skilled AskforTask handyman available in your area who can assemble your IKEA furniture quickly and correctly. They will make sure that it looks and functions exactly how it did in the store. Best of all, these services are surprisingly affordable.
Hope these steps help you on your next trip to IKEA. If you’ve built all your furniture, but want to elevate it to the next level, check out our post on how to customize your IKEA furniture! Good luck! and happy building!