September 08, 2017
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 risk!

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!