It’s an experience that’s launched a thousand memes and comedy routines: Putting together furniture from a store like IKEA, using only vague directions written in a foreign language and a single tiny Allen wrench. How many times have you laughed when a hapless assembler finishes putting together a chair or a shelf, only to have it collapse the moment it’s touched? Or seen a very pregnant woman arguing with her partner about the best way to assemble the baby’s crib?
The fact is, assembling furniture isn’t always as easy as it looks, especially if you (or your helper) isn’t known for reading the instructions. Even if you can follow pages and pages of confusing diagrams about inserting Tab A into Slot B, there is almost always a million tiny little pieces that need to be kept track of and put in the right places. Ultimately, you’re likely to wonder if the weirdly named Swedish storage unit was really that great of a deal after all.
Whether you’re attempting to assemble a single piece of furniture or an entire house-full, there’s one thing for certain: It’s not always easy and rarely goes as planned. That’s why it’s often worthwhile to hire a MIA furniture assembly service instead, to save both your sanity and your relationship.
The Benefits of Professional Furniture Assembly
You’re probably thinking, “I bought this kind of furniture to save money. Why would I pay more to have someone assemble it for me?” Well, there are several good reasons.
1. You Don’t Have to Do It. Unless you are handy, and can follow the instructions to the letter, there’s a good chance that your adventure in furniture assembly is going to be frustrating to at least some degree — and take four times longer than it should. Do you want to waste your Saturday afternoon assembling and disassembling a chair to get it right? Or get the whole thing put together and then discover a bag of screws that you forgot? An experienced furniture professional can get the task completed in a fraction of the time, giving you more time to enjoy your chair rather than cursing it.
2. It Will Be Done Right. Remember that bag of screws you found? Yeah, those were important. A professional furniture assembler isn’t going to forget those screws, or any of the other pieces that your furniture came with. Even if you are somewhat handy, the typical furniture assembly instruction guide isn’t terribly clear; some only contain pictures, and you need to hope that you have the right pieces in the right place. A pro knows how to interpret these “instructions” and will put things together correctly, the first time.
3. Pros Have the Right Tools. When you buy some furniture, it comes with a handy little Allen wrench, which is supposedly adequate for assembling the piece. However, that’s not the case for all pieces, and you might need other tools to put things together. Trying to use a flathead screwdriver when you need a Phillips head is an exercise in frustration, and you probably aren’t going to love the results if you try to use something else, like a butter knife (it’s happened) to put stuff together. A pro will have the right tools, and your furniture will be sturdier for it.
4. Most Furniture Assembly Isn’t a Solo Job. Some pieces of furniture can easily be assembled by a single person. Most larger pieces need at least two sets of hands, but professionals often know all the tricks to make the job easier. Besides, when someone else is tackling the job, there’s no chance that you and your significant other will argue over how each other “helps.”
5. Help Moving Pieces. Finally, most furniture assembly companies will move the fully assembled piece where you want it once it’s together, something that could be difficult if the piece is large or bulky. A pro is also most likely going to consider the final location before starting the assembly, preventing such problems as the crib not fitting through the door of the nursery and needing to be taken apart and reassembled in the room.
When selecting a furniture assembly service, be sure to choose one that has experience, shows the right licenses and insurances for the work and will provide a contract with a guarantee of the services. Ask in advance if the company will take away the packing material from the furniture, or old pieces, and be prepared to pay extra for these services. Whatever you pay, though, it’s worth the peace of mind knowing that your furniture won’t collapse — and you won’t have major arguments with your partner.