When you’re young and first move out of home, one of the
jobs on your list to make your new place liveable is to furnish it. Whether you
are in a share house, moving in with a partner or living on your own, you will
need tables (both dining and coffee), chairs, a bed and numerous other items –
and buying it all flat packed is the best way to go!
You will probably move house several times in the years
after you first leave the family home, so the first reason why flat pack
furniture is a good idea right now is the mobility factor. You can take all
your furniture apart and put it back together again (or get someone to help you
to do it) every time you move!
The advantage of furniture from stores like IKEA (or, if
you’re a broke student, Kmart) is that it is easy to put it together and take
it apart again (in theory). If you want to transport your table, for example,
you can take the legs off it to make it fit in a car more easily.
This means that you will be able to move all of your stuff
from house to house by car, rather than needing to hire removalists. You will
thus not only save money, but also be able to enjoy the convenience of being
able to move at your own pace, rather
than trying to fit into a removalists schedule.
Related to the mobility of flat pack furniture is its
durability while you move it. It is extremely easy to break furniture when it
is standing up in the back of a truck or van, as it might fall as you drive.
When you can take the whole thing apart, though, you completely remove this
A pile of wooden slats on top of a board is far less likely
to break in transit than a fully put together cupboard. This also applies to
table legs and bedframes, which are vulnerable when standing in the back of a
van but safe as houses when you break them down to parts. All you have to do is
keep track of the screws!
Again related to the mobility element is how much easier it
is to carry flat pack furniture (after you take it apart) than other kinds. It
is much easier to get a tabletop and legs down a set of stairs separately than
it is to take down the whole table, simply because the flat pack parts take up
much less room.
In addition to being generally more mobile, flat pack
furniture is usually much easier to fix than pieces that are fully together. If
you have a table or chair from IKEA with a wobbly leg, all you have to do is
find the Alan key (or, more realistically, go out and buy a new one) and
tighten some screws to get it good as new.
On the other hand, if a table that doesn’t come apart starts
to wobble, you know that its days are numbered. You will need to wait until the
problem gets really bad, as in the joints separate, and then find some quality
wood glue to try and repair the damage.
So, for both the
mobility factor and the ease of fixing minor problems (as well as price in most
cases), young people just moving out of the family home should definitely stock
up on flat pack furniture. And if you need help putting it all together or
taking it apart later, AssembleBay can put you in touch with handymen!