Ready-to-assemble furniture is more popular than ever thanks to the fact that people can spend a little less while still getting a stylish, quality product. Still, it’s no secret that actually assembling the furniture can be an incredibly daunting task that requires patience, organization, time, effort, and often: a lot of luck. And while you’re certainly more than capable of building an entertainment center, it’s totally okay if you just don’t want to because you can always hire a professionally to do it for you. Feeling a little guilty about not doing it yourself? These seven reasons might change your mind.
1. Get Your Furniture Put Together Quickly
Even if the instructions on the box say it is going to be quick and easy to assemble your furniture that is just a lie that you’re being told to make you feel better about your purchase. What you think is only going to take an hour is probably going to take you the entire day. A professional, on the other hand, can usually assemble two to three pieces of relatively uncomplicated furniture in a couple of hours. Which gives you plenty of time to catch up on your television shows or do work around the house.
2. Avoid Confusing Instructions
We don’t want to call out any one furniture chain in particular because that’s not who we are, but have you seen the directions that come with some of these (Scandinavian-made) ready-to-assemble furniture pieces? They don’t even have words. If you are going to assemble your furniture yourself, make sure to read the instructions all the way through first, but if you’re getting frustrated or find them to be too confusing, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
3. There’s Only One of You
You may be able to build something simple like a bookshelf if you’re flying solo, but as soon as the furniture gets more complicated or heavy, like a dresser or a bed frame, you’re probably going to need a second set of hands to help you hold things in place (or make sure you don’t screw something in upside down). A professional, however, is magic and can usually do it all on their own.
4. Make Sure It’s Right the First Time
There are so many things you can screw up when assembling furniture: drawers need to slide in and out smoothly, cabinet doors need to hang just-so, and if you mess up just one thing, you may not realize until you’re well into the task, which means you’ll have done hours of work for naught. The good thing about hiring a pro is that he’ll get it right the first time, which is better for you and your furniture.
5. Use the Right Tools
We don’t want to make any assumptions about what’s in your toolkit, but if you don’t have all of the right tools, including an electric drill, you’re probably going to have a hard time putting your furniture together successfully. A pro will show up with a fully loaded tool belt and will make sure all of the nails and screws go in properly without over-tightening or damaging the finish.
6. Put the Furniture Where You Want It
Because it requires a lot of space and a good surface to assemble furniture, you don’t always have the luxury of assembling a piece in the room where it will eventually live. You’ll want to ask ahead of time, but most professionals will be happy to help you move the assembled piece to the room where you want it, so that all that’s left for you to do is start enjoying it.
7. Avoid the Inevitable Fight with Your Significant Other
Even if you and your partner are the kindest, sweetest, best people on earth who never-ever argue, it is simply a fact that when assembling furniture, you’ll end up (at the least) bickering, if not (sorry to say) in a full-on fight. It’s not something anyone wants to have happen, but it’s just the way the laws of furniture assembly work. Hire a pro; it’s the best thing you can do for your relationship.
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