Assembling office furniture - top tips and common questions
Office furniture assembly can be a time-consuming and unnecessarily stressful experience – lots of people hate the thought of assembling any kind of flat-pack! There’s nothing worse than opening up a package to find thousands of pieces and vague instructions on how to put them together.
The reality is that it doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to take forever, as long as you choose the right furniture, have the right tools and take a methodical approach!
Ensure that your next office furniture assembly project runs to plan with help from our top office furniture assembling tips and FAQ.
Office Furniture Assembly FAQ
How hard is office furniture to assemble?
It completely depends. Some can take hours, require specialist tools and multiple people, whilst other kinds of office furniture can be put together in a matter of minutes. It all comes down to choosing the right furniture from a reputable manufacturer. Before buying, check for reviews or guides online to ensure that furniture will go together easily.
The UCLIC range from Bluespot Furniture is a great example – it clicks together quickly and easily and comes supplied with clear instructions. Many of the pieces can be put together in as little as 10 minutes by a single person.
Can I speed up office furniture assembly?
Yes. Ensuring that you have plenty of space, organising the components and having everything to hand before you start can slash the time associated with assembling office furniture.
There’s nothing more annoying than having to nip down to the DIY store for tools half way through a project, so check the equipment list in the instructions before you begin.
What tools do I need to assemble office furniture?
That depends on the item and the manufacturer. Many pieces of office furniture come supplied with tools, but others may require one or more of the following items:
- Hex/Alan keys
- Wood glue
- Spirit level
- Spanner/ adjustable wrench
You may also find it easier to assemble office furniture use power tools – an electric screwdriver can save you loads of time. To avoid damaging the furniture, set the torque and speed to a low setting.
If you don't have a tool kit, now could be an ideal time to get one. Why not check out this guide for putting together a DIY toolkit by LifeHacker.
How many people do I need to assemble office furniture?
That depends, but usually, it’s 1 to 2. Follow the instructions, and if it says you need 2 people, don’t try and do it on your own!
Attempting to put together a piece of furniture on your own can increase the risk of injury or cause damage to the furniture. You may be unable to complete the project (or it could take you much longer), and you could be left with a half assembled piece.
How much space do I need to assemble office furniture?
Bigger spaces make things much easier. Ideally, you want enough space so that you can lay all the major components and tools out, and still have space to work comfortably.
Having enough space to organise all the bits and pieces is a big bonus – it’s very easy for an essential fitting to become lost under a box or piece of packaging. Trying to assemble office furniture in a tight space will take longer, and is likely to be much more stressful!
5 Top Tips for Assembling Office Furniture
Know what you’re trying to build
Ensure you have a picture of what the finished furniture item will look like! Sometimes, the instructions won’t provide a clear image of the office furniture, so check online before you start. Knowing what you’re trying to build will make everything much easier.
Use the instructions
Don’t try to be a hero and think you know better. The instructions are there for a reason, and following them will usually make the whole process much quicker, simpler and more straightforward. If you've lost your instructions, take a look at our instructions page, where you can download instructions for many of our products. If your product is not listed on this page, just get in touch and we will do our best to help.
Check your inventory
Make sure you have everything you need before you start assembling office furniture. Do an inventory check, including major components, tools and fittings. If anything is damaged, get straight in touch with the supplier.
Assembling any kind of flat pack furniture is much easier when you’re organised. Set out the instructions somewhere you can see them, and separate out all the screws and fittings. Having individual bowls or containers for each small fitting is much safer than laying them out on the carpet.
Check everything is flush and tight
Check that the furniture is sturdy and secure before you start using it – you don’t want any disasters. Once you’ve put your office furniture together, check all the screws, bolts and fittings, and double check they are all fully tightened.
Easy to assemble office furniture from Bluespot Furniture
At Bluespot Furniture, we have thousands of easy to assemble office and home office desks, office chairs and storage solutions (including ready assembled storage solutions) available. Our UCLIC range is some of the easiest office furniture to assemble on the market today.
For further information on any of our products or services, call a friendly member of our experienced sales team on 0800 8044 760, or email email@example.com.