Flat Pack Furniture

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What's been your worst experience & why?

I've done things like a computer desk & cupboards which weren't too bad but have spent the last 2 days on & off assembling a bunk bed for my nephews & its been a nightmare, one of the most frustrating experiences I can recall. Stupid design, shitty wood screws that lose their thread & the allen keys can fuck off

 

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Never had a bad experience.

Where people usually go wrong is not reading the instructions, and assuming the 8mm screws are interchangeable with the 12 mm screws. They only find they aren't at the final stage, and blame the furniture for being "stupid".

2 days on bunk beds? Are they "stupid" bunk beds?
 
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Never had a bad experience.

Where people usually go wrong is not reading the instructions, and assuming the 8mm screws are interchangeable with the 12 mm screws. They only find they aren't at the final stage, and blame the furniture for being "stupid".

2 days on bunk beds? Are they "stupid" bunk beds?
2 evenings. Used all the right screws for the right parts. The main frame wasn't too bad for the bottom bunk but the top was much harder & once you've got the railings done it makes screwing the wooden slats in really awkward & difficult

The little wood screws were really shit & the allen key was worse
 
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Only problems I've had was a chest of draws and wardrobe from Argos, shit was awfully made, the draws after a few months were basically unusable, real effort to pull them out and close and eventually just fall apart. I went cheap because the were just for the flat I rent out and paid the price and to be honest they were not even that cheap.

I've never bought a piece for furniture from Argos since, I now pay for better quality stuff or if I buy flat pack then I'll get it from Ikea which always seems well made.
 
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I'm moving into a new flat next month and will have to buy furniture. I'm planning to buy from Ikea and use their assemble upon delivery service, otherwise things will not go well.

In my room here, I have a self assembled table, the chest the draws of which are currently in an unassembled pile of pieces in the corner on my room. I bought this 2.5 years ago.
 
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One of my nephews bought one of those huge playground type structures for his 2 little sons that included a slide, swings, see-saw, glider and 2nd story fort like area. He and 2 friends spent damn near 3 days putting it together and swore to never do that again.

As for me, I bought a huge entertainment center many years ago that had an area for a big TV in the center, a large storage area on one side for CD's and tapes and on the other side it was set up for a stereo stack system and housed my amp, tuner, CD player, tape deck and turntable. The hardest part was getting all the parts upstairs since it was made of particle board and weighed a fucking ton. Damn thing took me about 3 hours to put together and I had all the tools needed at my disposal. Then I had to move it in place and that thing almost cost me a hernia.
 
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Part of my job is actually assembling furniture, but I lost my shit the other week putting together a swing for my little boy the other day (not quite flat pack but you know) this fucking thing wasn’t cheap yet was so poorly designed it took my about 2 fucking hours to make, how fucking hard can they make an “A” frame with a hanging seat between? This fucking hard that’s how, I swear the screws are made from lead aswell as they take two turns to start slipping and rounding off.
 
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