Flat-pack furniture is easy to get, offers a great variety of styles and doesn’t break the bank. The only downside – you need to build it yourself. However, assembling a piece of furniture is not that difficult if you have some help. Using the right equipment is also important for this DIY project to be successful. Here are six essential tools you will need to build your furniture without calling a handyman.

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Utility Knife

Preparing a good-quality utility knife is a must for every DIY project. Use this handy tool to get into the packaging of your furniture. This way, you will avoid ruining your precious kitchen knives and the finish of your new shelves. Don’t forget to retract the blade when you’re not using the tool – otherwise, you can end up with some really nasty cuts.

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Drill or Power Screwdriver

If you have to assemble a large piece of furniture, using a power tool such as drill or screwdriver will save you a lot of time during the process. You can use this equipment for the vast majority of the screws that comes with flat-pack furnishings. If you don’t have one you can either rent it or borrow it, but make sure to get one; otherwise, you risk spending your whole day screwing each part by hand. 

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It is good to have a diverse set of bits because there are different screws and parts for each piece of furniture.

Diverse Set of Bits

You can never be sure what types of nuts, screws, or bolts you may need to tighten, so no kit of furniture assembly tools would be complete without a diverse set of drill bits. The absolute essential screwdriver bits definitely are the flatheads and Phillips-head. However, it is also wise to prepare hexagonal bits for the parts that require Allen wrenches and bits for driving nuts.

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Ratcheting Screwdriver

There might be some screws that are too delicate for a power tool. Some parts may require only a half-turn to get set. Also, if you are assembling a relatively small piece of furniture by hand, the time you’ll spend searching for a power drill is not worth it. In this case, skip the power tools and use a ratcheting screwdriver instead. 

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Lightweight Hammer 

No handyman toolkit is complete without a good hammer. However, not every hammer is suitable for assembling furniture. With some furnishings, you might need to wack in small tacks or tap some tougher joints together. A small lightweight hammer is a perfect tool for steps like these. If you are concerned about denting the finish of your furniture, you can replace the hammer with a rubber mallet.

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Levelling your fittings is a must. Wobbly parts inevitably will become loose over time, and this could destroy the whole piece. When everything is in line, the assembly will be more comfortable. Not to mention that the furniture will be more stable – both during your work and when you use it after. However, don’t count only on your eyes, but instead – be prepared and use a level. 

Don’t have the tools and time to deal with the task by yourself? Don’t hesitate to call us and book our furniture assembly service in London. We will come at a time that best suits your schedule. Moreover, our trained handymen will bring everything they need to build your furniture in no time.