Flat pack furniture is becoming more and more common for
people to buy, and you can now buy it in numerous stores. Some people love it
and some hate it, but how do you decide if flat pack furniture is right for you
and your home? Here are three pros and cons of flat pack furniture.
Pros of Flat Pack Furniture
Flat pack is typically cheaper than fully built furniture, largely
because it is easier to produce and transport. At Kmart, for example, you will
be able to find flat pack items like coffee tables and TV stands for less than
$50! Even at the more expensive (and higher quality) IKEA, a little money will
go a long way.
As touched on above, flat pack furniture is
very easy to transport. Rather than needing to be careful as you drive your new
pieces home, flat pack furniture will stack neatly in your car and you won’t
have to worry about it falling apart.
Additionally, your furniture can be taken apart and
reassembled if you want to move house, which will make the whole process much
easier. You will be able to take all or most of your items in your car, so you
will also save money on removalists.
Flat pack furniture is designed to need the
same tools and materials to build, as long as you buy it in the same place.
This means that if you want to combine items – for example, adding more drawers
to your bedside table – it is very doable without needing to be an expert in
Cons of Flat Pack Furniture
1. Difficulty in Assembling
Flat pack furniture can be very difficult to
put together, especially if you are putting together something including
drawers. If you make one mistake, the drawers won’t close and you will have to
start all over again. You can always post an assembly job on AssembleBay if you
have trouble though!
2. Lack of Individuality
Because flat pack furniture is
generally mass produced and designed to be as simple and cheap as possible, you
run the risk of your shelves just looking the same as everyone else’s.
There are ways to dress it up, and things like tables can be
completely hidden by a cloth, but there is no real way of avoiding the fact
that thousands of people have the exact same bedside or coffee table as you do.
This is especially true if you bought the furniture from a chain like IKEA.
3. Less Durable
For the most part, flat pack will be less
durable. You will mark tabletops more easily, screws will come loose faster and
the whole ensemble will generally just not last as long.
Of course you can easily tighten screws to repair your flat
pack furniture, but the more often you fiddle with screws the more often
problems will arise. This is partially offset by flat pack furniture being far
safer to transport, and by the low price meaning it is easily replaceable, but
nothing will make your piece of flat pack last as long as a regular item of
Now that you know what
some of the key pros and cons of buying flat pack furniture are, it should be
easier for you do decide how to furnish your home. You should also remember
that if you have trouble putting it together, AssembleBay can put you in touch
with handymen who can help you.