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user1465146157 Sat 18-Nov-17 22:44:56

Looking into getting a handyman to build our flat pack furniture (not been delivered yet) but considering doing it myself.

Is Ikea stuff generally quite easy to build? I would of thought it should be straight forward?

Anyone had good / bad experiences?


dementedpixie Sat 18-Nov-17 23:16:27

Ikea is straightforward to build and the instructions are normally good and easy to follow

nooka Sat 18-Nov-17 23:36:17

We just went to IKEA today and our local store (not in the UK) was offering a deliver and put together service for a fairly reasonable price. You can check to see how complicated the instructions are for your furniture before you buy them (eg I looked at the beds online and the one we bought had a 16 page instruction booklet, some were up to 60 pages long!).

I've never found IKEA that difficult so long as you take your time and check each step carefully (it's when you go wrong and have to take it all apart that things get really difficult).

PickAChew Sat 18-Nov-17 23:40:16

It's very easy, so long as you RTFM.

NannyR Sat 18-Nov-17 23:43:36

Very easy indeed, all the furniture in my flat was bought in one go from Ikea and I assembled most of it on my own. I needed an extra pair of hands with the tall, heavy stuff like wardrobes.

SilverSpot Sun 19-Nov-17 00:49:04

Very easy if you follow the instructions.

oldlaundbooth Sun 19-Nov-17 00:52:37

Yes, it's easy.

But you MUST follow the instructions to the letter. Do not skim read or skip any steps otherwise it'll fall apart or not even fix together.

Once you've done one, the rest are easier and you get quicker at it.

KarmaNoMore Sun 19-Nov-17 00:54:25

it is pretty easy and quick, definitively not worth the expense to get it built. Most of the stuff can be built easily by a10 year old. DS put together his bed and some bookshelves at that age.

KarmaNoMore Sun 19-Nov-17 00:58:07

The only thing I would pay to get put together is the Pax wardrobes, especially if you are getting the very tall ones and live in a house with uneven floors, as joining cupboards together and attaching the heavy doors while trying they are in the same line can take quita a lot of skill to do it right.

user1465146157 Sun 19-Nov-17 05:06:19

Thanks so much everyone I'll have a go

The MALM chest of drawers should be ok?

hevonbu Sun 19-Nov-17 05:16:42

It's very easy - but you must look at the instructions first before starting - not try to put the item together without even glancing at the instructions, because it's often meant to be done in a certain order. It's so annoying having to dissemble and then reassemble the item just because you didn't look at the pictures in the leaflet. Often one is in a hurry, eager to get started, and skip the step of counting the screws (to see that they were all delivered) and skip taking a look at in what order it is meant to be assembled.

It's only if you buy kitchen furniture (cupboards, sink, etc.) that things start to get tricky. Any ordinary piece of furniture is easy to put together.

KarmaNoMore Sun 19-Nov-17 05:40:41

Fir a malm chest of drawers, I would put it together myself but probably would get someone for the VERY important part of attaching it to the wall. (It is a very sturdy piece of furniture but the fronts of the drawers are very heavy so it may tipple to the front if you open a few drawers at the same time.

sdaisy26 Sun 19-Nov-17 08:45:51

It is really not difficult. If you've never built flatpack furniture before you may take a bit of time to get your head around it but it is not complicated. Some of the bigger / heavier things do need 2 people though.

Believeitornot Sun 19-Nov-17 08:49:11

It’s easy to assemble and easy to affix to the wall as long as you can handle a drill and know what type of wall you’re dealing with.

EekThreek Sun 19-Nov-17 08:52:50

Malm drawers are really simple to put together. Admittedly we've got about 5 sets in our house so we've had practice, but DD's 3-drawer version took us half an hour to put up last week.

YY to suggestions of reading instructions carefully.

The trickiest bit is working out which runner goes on which side, but that's not really even that tricky as they only fit one way!

LoniceraJaponica Sun 19-Nov-17 09:02:04

As a veteran of putting MFI (remember them?) furniture together I can confirm that Ikea furniture is a doddle to build. I bought a desk for DD last year, and it was so satisfying to see everything slot together perfectly.

Sgtmajormummy Sun 19-Nov-17 09:08:02

You can download the instructions in advance from the website and read them before you buy.

Geneticsbunny Sun 19-Nov-17 09:11:31

If you get stuck you can probably find a you tube video. For the Malm drawers you need a hammer and a screwdriver if I remember correctly. Everything else is provided.

OutandIntoday Sun 19-Nov-17 09:19:51

My 9 year old built his malm chest of drawers- with me helping instruct and do the final tighten- so yes it is pretty straightforward - though it takes ages - hours - that bit i hate.

BrokeAndBad Sun 19-Nov-17 21:19:28

Also become an Ikea family member, it’s free and it gives you insurance for errors building your flat pack smile

MyDcAreMarvel Sun 19-Nov-17 21:21:03

yes as pp says YOU MUST ATTACH IT TO THE WALL. Several toddler have died from it falling on them.

windowSong Sun 19-Nov-17 21:31:21

LOL! I can’t believe you’re asking if you need a builder’s help to put together a Malm chest of drawers. How helpless are you?wink

Worldsworstcook Sun 19-Nov-17 21:47:06

For £6 they sell an excellent cordless rechargeable screwdriver with all the bits for all their furniture. It is brilliant!

PineConesAplenty Sun 19-Nov-17 22:09:46

Here is a chap on YouTube putting the 6 drawer Malm together to give you an idea of how easy it is.

To be fair, Ikea is pretty fool proof, just follow the instructions carefully. Sometimes they make pieces so they can only go one way round.

My then 9 year old put a 2 drawer Malm together following the instructions with me hovering.

There are loads of people demonstrating building them but this gives you a starting point.

CheekyFuckersAreEntertaining Sun 19-Nov-17 22:25:48

We have just built a triple wardrobe, three large chests of drawers and a bedside table from Ikea recently and it was really very easy. Although the triple wardrobe was a two man job. I built a storage um... thingy.. myself while DH was busy making the tea getting ready to build it!

Ikea furniture is so simple that couples can do it WITHOUT falling out and divorcing grin.
I'd like to see people claim the same for B&Q or Argos stuff.

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