Whether you hire us or do your own assembly, here are some helpful hints to negotiating a flat box assembly:
The assembly will require at a minimum the size of the furniture while it is laying down. Enough space is also required to work around the piece and allow drawers to be assembled and then inserted into the assembled piece.
Assemble the furniture in the room where it will be assembled, if at all possible. Flat box furniture is not designed to be moved after assembly.
Assure that all of the required tools are available prior to starting assembly. Most manuals are available on-line and include a list of tools needed to assemble the piece. Typically this list includes flat head and Phillips screw drivers, Allan keys (often included in the kit), a hammer (or rubber mallet), tape measure, blade, and cordless drill. Some items need specialty items such as a step ladder, level, etc.
Unpack all of the boxes (open carefully so as not to damage contents) and inventory all of the pieces. If anything is missing re-check all packaging materials to assure the missing items are not still in the package. If this is where the job becomes intimidating—call Mamakea! (We also carry spare parts for the most common hardware in case something is missing.)
Review the directions, in detail. Follow them step by step to avoid mistakes. Don’t take shortcuts, or you will have parts left over!
Arrange for help, especially if the directions call for a second person. Not only can two people do the work faster, the second pair of hands is often necessary for standing up assembled furniture. However, if your spouse/partner is your helper, you seriously might want to call Mamakea rather than risk your relationship!
Use a mat or blanket, or at least the packaging material, as a work surface as you work on the assembly project. It will both protect your floor and the furniture you are assembling, not to mention your knees.
Inventory the screws and accessories by separating them into piles and comparing the counts to the packing list included with the directions. If any parts are missing, they must be replaced before proceeding or the piece cannot be safely assembled.
If an electric screwdriver is used, start with the setting at a low torque. Flat box furniture materials can be damaged if too much force is used. In all cases avoid over-tightening!
If this all seems daunting, call Mamakea. We understand all of this and more. We can assemble your furniture more safely and more quickly, and save you from the headaches!