September 08, 2017
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

1. Price 

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.

2. Mobility 

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.

3. Versatility 

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 carpentry.

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 furniture.

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.