Tools You Need to Assemble Furniture

Furniture installationWhether you’re looking to install furniture on your own or hire a company to do it, one thing you need to keep in mind is the type of tools used. Furniture installation just can’t happen without it. If you’re going to take a stab at putting stuff together on your own, you’ll need to have the right tools on hand. Even for “ready-to-assemble” furniture.

So, let me paint a picture for you: you go to a big box store to find the perfect piece of furniture for your home or apartment. You wander the aisles and faux living room displays when all of a sudden, an end table appears as if from nowhere. It’s tucked in the corner by an entertainment cabinet and at least five decorative curtains that cover no windows, just the wall. You must have it. So you go to the warehouse portion of the store and pick up the bulky brown box your precious end table is contained in. Once you figure out how to load it into your car and take it home, you only have one task left: building it. Kind of an important part of furniture installation, don’t you think?

Okay, so you’re at home, you open the box and you’re ready to get this furniture installation party started. But what’s next? What do you need to get the job done? Well, patience, for starters. The assembly instructions can be rather obtuse and frustrating at times. That’s why many people hire professional companies to do this sort of thing. But if you’re dead set on doing it yourself, remember to read through the instructions completely before picking up a single tool. Familiarize yourself with the process. Then line up all of your tools so you have them handy. Typically, this will include Allen wrenches (of course), a hammer, and a Phillips head screwdriver. You may want a rubber mallet instead of the hammer though, as the former could damage the finish. A power screwdriver is handy, too.

All that’s left to do after that is put the thing together! If you can, recruit a friend to help you out. It always helps to have another person on hand to decipher the instructions and to hold parts together while you put in screws. Furniture installation is usually best left to the professionals, but if you have to do it yourself, try to have some fun with the process!