Got some office furniture to assemble but don’t know where to start or the best way to do it? Follow our tips to make sure everything goes smoothly. There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect piece of furniture to suit your style, space and needs only fr it to arrive and seem impossible to put together! Assembly office furniture can be stressful and time-consuming if you don’t go about it the right way, making it seem as though you spent longer putting your desk together than you did finding it in the first place. It’s no wonder that flat-pack furniture gets such a bad name and the fact that furniture has to be assembled can put people off buying the best option for them. However, in reality, putting your furniture together doesn’t have to take forever or be anywhere near as difficult as you might expect it to be. If you choose the right furniture, ensure you have the correct tools and use the best possible approach, your furniture will be assembled and ready to use in no time! To help make sure you’re ready for the task at hand and to make assembling your office furniture as easy as possible, we’ve answered some of the common questions we get asked. How hard is it to put office furniture together? It totally depends, as every piece of furniture and every supplier is different. Some office furniture is complicated, can take hours, multiple people and specialist tools. On the other hand, some furniture – such as all of Bluespot’s furniture – is quick, easy and straight-forward to put together. You may find that some items of office furniture actually arrive assembled or at least part-assembled, making life easier. For example, all of our storage pedestals, whether they are separate items of furniture or are to be attached to a desk, come assembled so you don’t have to worry about them. The key is to buy from a trusted supplier who has good customer service, as then you can be sure that your furniture will be of high quality and that you can ask for help if needed. You may even want to ask them if they have a range that is particularly easy to assemble in order to make life as simple as possible. We get this question quite regularly and are happy to be able to say that all of our furniture is really easy to put together but our Home Work range is particularly quick and you can have a desk that’s good to go in under 10 minutes. Can I speed up office furniture assembly? We don’t recommend speeding through the assembly of your furniture, as that’s how mistakes get made or damage is done to the furniture – or yourself! However, there are ways to make the assembly a bit faster. To start with, you should check that you have all the components and tools that you need, as there is nothing worse than getting halfway through putting a desk together only to find that you’re missing an integral screw. Check the instructions and lay everything out in accordance with the steps and ensure there is no specific tool that you’ll need to get it finished. This way, you’ll be able to move from one step to the next much easier, meaning your furniture will be built in no time. What tools do I need to assemble furniture? The tools you’ll need will depend on the furniture and the manufacturer. Some suppliers will provide you with everything you need to build your furniture, while others may only give you the basic fixings. Even if tools like Alan keys are provided, it’s worth noting that they may be small and not of the best quality, so it is usually a good idea to make sure you have the basics. You may find that you require one or more of the following items: Screwdrivers Hex/Alan keys Hammer Spirit level Screws/pins Spanner/adjustable wrench It is a good idea to check the assembly instructions first or even to see if the company you are buying for has online assembly instructions that give you the required information before you order your furniture. How many people are needed to assemble office furniture? Normally, you should only need one or two people to put your furniture together. It’s important to remember though that if instructions recommend two people, they mean it! Trying to put something together on your own that requires heavy lifting can mean you end up injuring yourself or damaging your furniture. We tend to recommend having someone to help you just in case so you don’t get injured and so you aren’t left with a half-assembled piece of furniture. How much space do I need to assemble office furniture? The more space you have, the better! You need to make sure you have enough room to lay out all your parts and fixings, as well as manoeuvre your furniture safely as you’re building it. Trying to build something in a small area can mean you risk losing or breaking things. You’ll tend to find that attempting to assemble furniture in a small, cramped space will mean it takes longer and is likely to be quite stressful. 5 top tips for assembling office furniture Want to know what our best recommendations are when it comes to putting your office furniture together? These are the 5 expert tips that you should pay attention to. 1. Know what you’re trying to build As well as your instructions – which will likely be line drawings – make sure you have a picture of what your finished item of furniture should look like. This will help you figure out what goes where if the instructions are unclear, as well as help you see the easiest way to build it. 2. Use the instructions You might think that you know better, but trust us when we say you need to use your instructions. They are there for a reason and following the instructions will generally make the process quicker and easier – especially if, like ours, they have been created by the same people who designed the furniture in the first place. 3. Check you have everything We can’t stress this enough – check you have everything you need before you start! Double-check your larger components, ensure you have all the fixings you should have and see what tools you’ll need. This will give you time to contact the supplier if you are missing something or if something is damaged. 4. Get organised Organisation is key when it comes to assembly office furniture safely and quickly. Lay everything out and make sure you can see the instructions. You’ll thank us for this tip! 5. Check everything is flush and tight You should check that your furniture is secure and sturdy before you start using it. It is generally a good idea to keep fixings slightly loose as you’re building your furniture – just in case you do something wrong – and then going over them all and getting them nice and tight once it’s completed. This will ensure your furniture is as stable as possible. Need some help? If you’re having trouble finding office furniture that you feel confident in assembling or if you’re struggling with the furniture you’ve already bought, we’re here to help! Give our customer service team a call on 0800 8044 760, send an email to email@example.com or start a live chat in order to get helpful, expert advice.