A quick guide to flat pack furniture installation services

Flat pack assembly service in a homeThinking of hiring a professional flat pack furniture installation service? Or are you in the process of purchasing or have already purchased some flat packed furniture? Great then here’s a quick guide that may help you.

So who usually hires people to install their flat packed furniture?

There are several groups of people who use flat pack installation services including:

  • Busy mums and dads
  • Young professionals
  • People moving from over seas
  • Office Managers

Busy mums and dads Busy mums and dads are by definition just too time starved to be having to build and install flat pack furniture. The situation is normally the same, they either have their first child on the way or have a small child already and are under pressure to ensure their home is ready for their new arrivals. This normally means new nursery furniture such as baby wardrobes, changing stations and cots. It can also mean an entire new baby friendly apartment full of furniture. Even a simple cot can be impossible to make when you are pregnant or have a toddler running around. The last thing people need when they get 5 minutes break is to be assembling furniture.

Young professionals also often require a furniture installation service to help them get organised in their new home. Often working long hours to climb high on their career ladder, assembling flat pack furniture can be a massive chore. A similar story often plays out. After their first couple of promotions and with a little extra hard earned disposable income, there comes a time when its necessary to move out of the flat share and into their own home. Usually a modern apartment in London thats unfurnished its time to hit the internet to choose some furniture. This normally means a whole apartments worth of furniture. The decision to call in a flat pack furniture installation service becomes a no brainer considering the small extra cost in comparison to the cost of the furniture.

Following on from young professionals there’s a similar demographic of people who often use flat pack furniture installation services – people moving from overseas. Often singles who are moving for a new job, they often need to plan well in advance and the key things they look for in an installation company are reliability and trust. Moving from another country often means that you have little knowledge of local businesses in your new city so a reputable flat pack installation like We Love Flatpacks helps to remove some worry from the moving process.

Office furniture installation serviceNext there are office managers who require flat pack installation services. Ranging from small start ups to established companies upgrading or moving their businesses. Even at small startups where everyones working together to get the business going its a big ask to lumber the staff with the task of putting together furniture. In established businesses where most office furniture these days comes flat packed speed and safety is key to getting a new office up and running again so a team of reputable flat pack furniture installers who can un pack, assemble and install in a professional and timely manner is a must.

What types of furniture does a flat pack furniture installation service assemble?

There is really no limit to the types of furniture assembled they broadly include:

  • Garden furniture
  • Kitchen furniture
  • Bedroom furniture
  • Living room furniture
  • Bathroom furniture

play house assembly installationGarden furniture includes all types of outdoor furniture. Most popular are tables and chairs followed by outdoor storage such as sheds and bike stores. Barbecue installation and assembly are also popular due to the amount of bolts and awkward sharp metal pieces involved. By far the most fun items of outdoor furniture to install and assemble has to be children’s furniture such as tree houses and big play centres with slides and swings. Finally another very popular item to be assembled is trampolines, almost every garden has one these days where children are near.

Kitchen furniture includes the installation of flat pack units and doors, it often works out cheaper to hire a flatpack installation company to build the units and let the builder or kitchen fitter install them. Other items in the kitchen that are usually built are large kitchen tables and chairs. These items are usually high value statement furniture and customers are looking to have them built correctly. Another recent staple for kitchens is the portable kitchen island, a bit smaller than a built in island but highly practical none the less.

Probably the most visited area by your professional flat pack installation service is the bedroom. This is because the two biggest and heaviest items of the home are placed in here – the bed and the wardrobe. Beds especially ottoman beds are cumbersome and difficult to make. And wardrobes are normally taller than the average person and require heavy lifting to hoist them up from the floor during assembly. Some manufacturers assembly diagrams for wardrobes can be immensely frustrating to follow with lots of different sized screws and unfamiliar parts. Following on from that are bedside tables and chests of drawers that normally go hand in hand with the bigger items.

Flat pack assembly service in a homeLiving room flat pack furniture that needs assembling includes TV stands, tables and chairs, coffee tables, and storage. Storage is normally the most complicated item of furniture to install because it normally involves wall fixing and can include decorative lighting. Sofas are also notoriously self assembly these days and can be difficult to get just right especially when you need to attach the upholstery, it can be difficult to stretch the fabric so it aligns perfectly, and its not normally until the end you realise any mistake and have to go back to square one. In smaller apartments it has also become popular to make use of the extra space and flexibility that a sofa bed affords, especially the L shaped Chaise and sofa combination.

Bathroom furniture is fairly limited when it comes to flat pack furniture installation but wall hung mirror cabinets drilled often drilled onto tiled walls and tall slim storage units with mirrored doors are very popular.

Which brands of furniture come as flat packed?

It used to be the case that only the cheaper brands came in flat pack boxes ready for flat pack furniture installation such as Argos and IKEA so as to provide extra savings for their customers, The reality now is that most furniture comes flat packed. High end brands such as Heals and Hulsta push out furniture ranges that require assembly. This has lead to a high demand for flat pack installation services.

Other popular brands such Next, John Lewis and Made also require assembly. IKEA leads the way when it comes to flat packed furniture and is currently the only company who seems to offer the complete solution to moving into a new home with everything you need in one place. Garden furniture is normally always flat packed because delivery would be impossible otherwise, there are now many online brands that cater for outdoor furniture, such as Homebase, BQ, The Range, and World Stores.

How long does flat pack assembly and installation take?

Small jobs such as a chest of bed side tables can take a professional flat pack furniture installation technician 15 minutes. Medium jobs such as a complete bedrooms that include a bed, large wardrobe, a chest of drawers, and a couple of bedside tables take around 4 hours, whilst a large apartment may take a team of three installers a whole day. Office furniture installation which includes many desks and chairs can take a couple of days. The largest job we have completed was a 30 bedroom hotel that took our team a complete week to install. The biggest single piece items such as large garden play furniture, large wardrobes and wall storage can take a day just by themselves. On average though, jobs are between two and six hours.

So I hope this who, what, when, and where of flat pack furniture installation can give you an insight and answer a few queries you may have. You probably fall into one of the categories above with similar issues and flat pack assembly needs so I trust this guide can at least help you plan your new furniture installation. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or require any more information.

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Do you need tools to assemble IKEA furniture?

To assemble IKEA furniture, you need some basic tools such as screwdrivers and a hammer and different furniture ranges require different types of tools. If you are wall mounting items then you will need some extra power tools, levelling tools and some suitable wall fixings. Only the most basic of items require just an allen key which is normally supplied. If you assemble IKEA furniture quite often then there are a few other useful tools you can use to make life easier.

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10 handyman tasks your landlord should oblige before you move in

Handyman flatpack assemblyWhen you move in to your new rental home, you want the place to be in a good condition. Maintenance issues such as leaking taps, lights that don’t work and stubborn locks can become a real nuisance if not dealt with before you move in. Also if you don’t insist on getting issues fixed before you move in they can sometimes get forgotten about and never get done for the duration of your tenancy.

Sometimes people are not sure of which types of things they can reasonably ask their landlord to fix before moving in and so tend not to ask them to get them sorted. OK so you can’t expect them to convert the living room in to a home cinema, but there are a general list of items that both landlords and property managers tend to fix if the issues are raised by tenants. Some of which you may not be aware of when viewing the property.

Below is a check list of common issues that in general will get fixed if you ask and will also ensure your term in the property is a stress free and happy one.

  • Stubborn locks
  • Toilet flush
  • Mouldy silicone
  • Shower heads and hoses
  • Lighting
  • Painted shut windows
  • Leaking taps
  • Broken furniture
  • Faulty extraction
  • Mouldy walls

Stubborn locks

By stubborn locks we mean entrance locks that are really difficult to open, for example you put the key in the door and you then need to wiggle the key for ages until you can eventually get in, very annoying if you have to this every time you come home. This means the locks are worn and so will need replacing anyway sooner or later. Locks should function properly and can also be a safety hazard if you need to escape the property in an emergency.

Toilet flush

Another common problem, toilets that never stop flushing or flush with just a trickle of water are unacceptable and should definitely be fixed. The internal workings of a toilet inside the cistern wear or need to be re-adjusted over time to ensure a perfect flush. This is normally a simple job to fix and can really grate on your nerves if its not sorted.

Mouldy silicone

You find silicone in bathrooms and kitchens and is used to seal edges between baths, sinks, and worktops to stop water ingress. It can become mouldy and turn an unsightly black. As well as looking horrible it can also cause leaks if left for to long. Silicone can be replaced and makes such a difference to the look and feel of a room. Its reasonable to ask your property manager to change mouldy silicone and they should oblige.

Shower hoses and heads

Showers perform part of our daily routines and leaking shower hoses and shower heads that blocked from limescale can be jarring. Cheap shower hoses tend to split at where they connect to the supply and due to the hard water in London, shower heads get blocked. If they are like this when you first arrive ask for them to be changed. Just remember to descale the new head every so often and insist on a good quality hose. The difference between a cheap and nasty hose and a good quality one is only about 20 pounds.

Lighting

An obvious one, but some tenants feel bad asking for new ones. Normally after you move in, bulbs are your responsibility, but when you first move in then its OK and normally accepted to get them installed by your property manager. Sometimes its also more than just a bulb that why a light does not work, for example a downlight may need a new transformer. Definitely an issue that needs looking at.

Painted shut windows

Window issues range from painted shut victorian windows or lost lock keys. As well as obvious safety issues of un openable windows, you need to keep cool in summer and circulate fresh air on a regular basis. There are two main reasons that victorian windows get painted shut, one is because the ropes inside the frames have snapped and so the owner decides to just make the window redundant. The other reason is that cowboy decorators have done an awful job! Both problems can be fixed although unfortunately it is rare that landlords will fix the ropes because of the cost. On the other hand if the windows are just painted shut, then a good handyman will be able to remove the paint and get them moving again.

Leaking taps

The handyman’s most common job, landlords will usually get this done ASAP because if left, the water damage from a small leak can run into the thousands to repair. Don’t let this go and if you find any kind of leak, notify your property manager immediately.

Broken furniture

As a flat pack furniture assembly service we often get asked by property managers to fix and build replacement furniture for them. If your new rental home is supplied as furnished, you are within your rights to insist it is in good working order and fit for purpose. Common things to check before you move in are drawers that do not run properly, broken hinges on kitchen cupboard doors and wardrobe doors. Also as a safety precaution against furniture falling on children, furniture items need to be fixed to the wall. Also some landlords supply cheap beds with weak slats that tend  to snap.

Faulty extraction

Extractor fans are essential for removing damp air from rooms and are usually found in bathrooms and kitchens. Sometimes they can stop working from either an electrical fault or from a blocked filter. Some extractor fans automatically come on when you turn on the light but others need to be switched on manually. Ask your property manager to have them tested before you move in. If damp air is not removed it can lead to both mouldy silicone as described above, but also unsightly black mouldy on walls which leads to our next issue.

Mouldy walls

Having inadequate extraction can lead to unsightly black mould forming on walls, it can also spread to adjoining rooms. If you find even the smallest amount of mould before you move in then ask for it to be dealt with asap as it is also unhealthy and can spread very quickly if left.

So if you are about to move in to your new home, take this list along as a checklist of common issues of rental properties that if you ask to be rectified normally your request will be obliged by the property manager. Because the above issues are not necessarily serious, property managers may just leave them if they are not raised by the tenant, but if you do ask then you should find you will have success.  

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Top Tips for Decluttering Your Main Rooms in Time for Christmas

Room showing clutter free christmas

 

Christmas is coming, which can only mean one thing; an abundance of lovely new things to take up space in your home. If you’re anything like us then the thought of Christmas can be dreaded and exciting, all at the same time. Loads of friends and family members are going to want to come round, there’s going to be lots of gifts to find a space for at home, and the New Year tidying is nothing short of a nightmare. One of the best ways to be prepared for the festive period is by decluttering, as this will ensure your house is in tip top condition (and ready for more clutter). Here are our top tips for decluttering in time for Christmas, split into different areas of the home.

 

Area 1:

The Living Room
This is the place you’re most likely to spend time in over Christmas, where the decorations will go, and where friends and family will sit. Therefore, it’s important that the living room is completely clutter free. Here are our top tips for decluttering your main family room:

Attack the bookshelves – It seems as though bookshelves seem to be the ultimate place for storing (and hiding) clutter. It should take no more than 15-30 minutes to take everything off, and put it all back in order. Keep an eye out for anything that shouldn’t be there, including things that can be donated, thrown away or sold.
Mount your TV – Is your TV unit taking up too much space in the living room? In most houses it becomes the focal point and therefore takes up the most space. Make your room feel less cluttered by mounting it on the wall, where possible. You’ll open up plenty of space and can invest in snazzy new drawers or cupboards for gadgets and DVDs.

 

Area 2:

The Kitchen
If you’re always found in the kitchen at parties, like Jona Lewie in the song from the IKEA advert, then you’ll know how much of a social hub a kitchen is. You’ll probably also know how cluttered it can get, so here are our top tips:

Get rid of unused kitchenware – When you become an adult it seems as though every Christmas you get some kind of new kitchenware. You probably have 3 different types of cutlery sets, a whole host of unused pots and pans, and a mortar and pestle which has never been touched. Sort through anything that you don’t use and either sell it or donate it to a charity shop.

The dreaded kitchen drawers – Our stomachs turn every time we open our kitchen drawers, as we know that one day we’ll have to tackle that mess. Luckily, it doesn’t take as long as you think it might. Just tip the entire drawer out in the middle of the floor and sort through. Most of it will be rubbish, along with a few utility bills and some random items like pegs and paracetamol. You’ll feel so much better about your home once you’ve tackled these dreaded drawers.

 

Area 3:

The Bedrooms
Depending on how many bedrooms you have to sort through, this could be the biggest task in your decluttering mission. Here are our top tips to make it easier to handle:

 
Seasonal wardrobes – We can’t stress enough the importance of decluttering your wardrobe and getting rid of anything you don’t wear, or that doesn’t fit. You may also want to consider getting another wardrobe in order to store your seasonal clothing. We’ll help with the wardrobe assembly, if you just sort out the clothes. Once your wardrobe assembly is complete, you should have a pile of seasonal clothes to fill it with. Simple!

Under the beds – We all know that nothing should really be kicked under the bed and hidden away, but sometimes that is easier said than done. It’s time to lift up that bed and scoop out everything underneath it. Most of it will be things saved for the future that are now not needed or clothes, which can be thrown away or cleaned. However, you may find the odd gift from last Christmas, which will make the perfect present for Aunt Beryl when she comes to visit.

 

From wardrobe assembly to TV mounting, we hope we’ve given you some unique and practical ideas for decluttering your home. Some of these may take mere minutes, whereas others you’ll need to spend all day on. Give us a call if there’s anything we can do to help, whether that be wardrobe assembly or putting together a new bookcase. We won’t declutter those kitchen drawers for you though, unfortunately.

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How to furnish the spare room for your new lodger using IKEA furniture

New Lodgers moving furniture into spare roomFurnishing your spare room for a lodger should be seen as an investment. Get it right and you’ll have the right people queuing up at your door with wallets in hand, get it wrong and you’ll end up with unhappy lodgers who can’t wait to leave.

It’s important to remember that renting your spare room to a lodger is a two sided affair. Yes it’s your home and the new person needs to respect your house rules and pay your rent on time, but you need to make them feel welcome and ensure the spare room you provide is furnished correctly. This will ensure you are on the path to having a good, honest relationship with your new lodger by making them feel valued. Happy lodgers mean on time rent and a sense of belonging that encourages them to look after your home as if it was theirs.

In this article I’m going to suggest how to furnish your spare room using furniture from IKEA. We work with lots of people in London who rent out their rooms and flats, and people that are moving into their new homes and are in the process of getting it furnished. Hopefully we can pass on some of the useful things we see and learn from them on to you in this article.

Quick tip:

Renting your spare room under the rent a room scheme?

If you’re taking advantage of the rent a room scheme you will need to provide a furnished room, so you might as well get it furnished properly.

Provide tidy and ample storage

IKEA PAX for a spare room

The IKEA PAX system is well made with unlimited useful storage options.

Good storage is critical. If a lodgers room has inadequate storage then their belongings may find their way into the rest of the house making it untidy and a potential point of tension between you both. Most spare rooms are fairly small so its important not to make the room feel like it’s over crowded with storage but at the same time get as much storage as possible. The mistake many people make is to not make the most of the height of a room. Instead of taking more floor space, the trick here is have storage up to the ceiling and mounted on the wall.

Arguably the best pound for pound space saving storage system out there is the IKEA PAX. Unlike many wardrobes in their price range, the PAX system has two height options, 201 cm and 236 cm. The 236 option is normally just short of the average ceiling height of a UK room, and its also much higher than normal “cheap” wardrobes that can be as low as 160 cm! The PAX range has a choice of sliding doors. Unlike hinged doors, sliding doors do not need space to swing open thus saving even more space. Go for the white ‘HASVIK’ doors for the simple white option (and cheapest) or mirrored to make the room feel bigger.

Make use of the space – Wall storage

It makes sense to make the most of wall space and well thought out wall storage can make a room feel bigger. The BESTA is another range from IKEA that like PAX has many options for customisation. They also have a huge range of door and drawer finishes for every taste.

The doors and drawer finishes on the IKEA BESTA system can help to add a splash of style to the spare room.

Hanging furniture on the wall saves floor space and the BESTA system is perfect for hanging on the wall. If space is limited then its best to go for a shallower depth of unit, luckily this range has several depths to choose from and the 20cm depth is perfect for holding books and other bits and pieces.

If on a very tight budget just use frames.

You can also mix up the depth of the frames you use, for example having a deeper unit in a corner where people are unlikely to hit their heads on it, with an arrangement of thinner frames next to it. Mixing up depths of frames will add spacial contrast. Another good tip to make the room feel more spacious is to hang the storage on a diagonal line, starting low at one end and high at the other.

Comfortable and practical bed

IKEA MALM Ottoman bed – ideal fro your spare room!

Beds take up a lot of floor space but they can also provide a lot of storage. There are several ways you can take advantage of the storage space under a bed. Some beds have drawers built into their base that pull out. These can be problematic because it means you have keep the sides free from furniture to allow space to pull drawers out.

The best beds for maximising storage and optimising room space are Ottoman beds. Because ottomans lift upwards you can put bedside cabinets or chests of drawers next to the bed. Also, you get the most of the space below the bed. It means you can easily fit long or large items under there and have easy access to them, with under bed drawers, the size of items you can store is limited to the drawer size.

Space to work – desk

Meet MICKE the trusty desk!

It also important to not forget a functional desk. If your lodgers have a comfortable working space in the spare room then its less likely they’ll feel the need to setup office in your kitchen or living room, which can lead to those rooms becoming a permanent home to unsightly computer cables, piles of note books and work bags!

The MICKE desk pictured here is amazing value and looks great, its kind of a cheaper version of the brilliant BESTA BURS desk. Don’t be fooled by the low cost price tag into thinking the MICKE desk is not good quality, we often assemble these in Central London offices, so if they can take the bashings of a busy office they can certainly work in your spare room.

On a very tight budget?

If you want to provide a great space for your Lodger but have a very tight budget then IKEA does have a budget range of products but they won’t be as sturdy, customisable, or space efficient as the items above. For a budget wardrobe try the DOMBAS, or BRIMNES range, the doors and sides feel quite flimsy but they should do the job. For storage try BILLY or KALLAX. KALLAX looks great and you can also attach wheels to the bottom of it and use it as a room divider.

IKEA DOMBAS for a budget wardrobe

Budget wardrobe – IKEA DOMBÅS

KALLAX storage

KALLAX storage – can also be wall mounted

So to summarise, there are basically three things that will make the spare room perfect for your new house mate, storage, work space, and how you arrange these makes up the third thing which is the use of space. By using the IKEA furniture above in the right way you can turn your spare room into a perfect living area which will ensure you attract and keep the perfect housemate. As well as that, with a well furnished room can charge a premium and not feel guilty for doing so. I hope this helps you and please leave a comment below.

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Everything You Need to Know About Flatpack Construction

Ever wanted to know everything there is to know about flatpack construction? Of course, who doesn’t right? OK, admittedly it’s not on everyones list of things to know about, but if you’re buying furniture there’s a high probability that it will arrive at your door flat packed, meaning you will either need to assemble it yourself or hire professional flatpack assemblers like us to do it for you.

Written from the perspective of our lovely customers we’ve put together an interesting guide which covers everything you could possibly need to know about flatpack construction; including how stressful it is, how it’s never as easy as the diagram portrays, and how you can get someone to do it all for you. If flatpack construction comes up in the next Pub Quiz, you’ll be a pro after reading this guide.

It’s Stressful
If you’ve never tried putting flat pack furniture together before, then you’ll never have experienced stress levels like this. There’s something so infuriating about trying to put together a flat pack piece of furniture, that drives most people up the wall. Even those who pride themselves in being calm will find themselves turning the air blue, when partaking in some casual flatpack construction.

So, why do people always buy so much flat pack furniture? The high quality products you can get from stores such as IKEA, at incredible prices, always entices people in. They forget what it was like the last time it took them 4 days to put up a bookshelf, especially when they see a piece of furniture that they like in store. The fact is, most people will find flatpack construction extremely stressful and time consuming, which can sometimes outweigh the benefits of great quality and great prices. Us on the other hand? We love constructing flat pack furniture, as you can probably tell from our name.

It Isn’t As Easy As The Diagram
There are many running jokes about IKEA flat pack furniture instructions, most of which are too rude to share. However, it isn’t a joke when you’re struggling with a ton of wooden panels, 6 different sized screws, and nothing is making sense. The diagrams for flat pack furniture have been made with simplicity in mind, trying to make things as easy as possible for people. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case when it comes to flatpack construction. Whether it’s because stress is already anticipated (see above), or just because whoever draws the diagrams has no clue, flatpack construction is never as easy as they make it out to be.

If you’re like us, and put together flat pack furniture on a daily basis, then you’ll soon come to understand what a circle with cross and squiggly line actually means. In fact, many of the flat pack furniture items we build we have already constructed before; yes, that means we don’t even need the instructions. Don’t worry though, we know that constructing flat pack furniture is never as easy as the diagram makes out.

You Can Get Someone To Do It For You
There is nothing shameful about getting stressed or confused when building flat pack furniture. It’s actually perfectly normal. The best thing about flatpack construction, however, is that you can actually just get someone to do it for you. Someone who doesn’t get stressed out about it, and who understands exactly what those unusual diagram instructions are actually saying. Someone like us, for example.

There are plenty of reasons why people call the professionals in when it comes to assembling flat pack furniture; from not being able to understand the instructions, to not being able to deal with the stress, and just because they don’t have the time to do it for themselves. Whatever the reason, at least now you know that you can get someone to do all of your flatpack construction for you! That means no stress, no IKEA diagrams, no time wasting, and just simply getting to enjoy your new furniture. Get in touch if you want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

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10 Time Saving Ideas for Moving House by We Love Flatpacks

Moving home stress free furniture reassembly and disassemblyMoving house is one of the most stressful and time consuming things we’ll ever do in our lifetime; that’s a research backed fact. However, the average Brit moving 8 times in their life, it’s something we can’t really get away from. To make life a bit easier, we’ve come up with 10 time saving ideas for moving house. Hopefully when you next move, you’ll spend less time packing and unpacking, and more time enjoying your new home.

1. Lists, Lists, Lists

You may think that spending time writing lists is wasted time, but it can actually be extremely productive. If you can make a list of everything that needs doing, you’ll spend less time fretting about things you may have forgotten. Try to keep a list for each room that needs to be packed, along with other useful information you’ll need to remember; such as paperwork to sign, companies to call, and so on.2.

2. Stock Up On Moving Supplies

The last thing you want to be doing halfway through your move is running around, searching for spare cardboard boxes. You’re going to need more supplies than you initially think, so make sure you’re completely stocked up. So what if you’ve gone overboard and purchased too many cardboard boxes, it is a much better scenario than running low. Also, most moving companies will refund any unused boxes, so there’s no great loss if you’ve bought too many.

3. Mark Your Boxes

When you’ve filled up your moving boxes with items and furniture from each room, make sure you mark them for unpacking. You can write on the boxes, use coloured stickers, even draw pictures on them if you must. Just make sure that each box is marked for each room, to make things so much easier when you get to your new home. Also, don’t start mixing and matching rooms in boxes (even if there is space leftover in one), as this will be a nightmare to sort out at the other end.

Top tip:

Removal companies sometimes use codes to identify what’s in boxes as opposed to writing what’s actually in them, and then keeping the list from you! Make your own notes too, after all its your stress levels that go up when you cannot find things.

4. Pack Ahead

Don’t leave it all until moving day to get sorted, try packing as much as possible before the big day. If it’s the middle of summer then get everything winter related packed away, weeks before you’re due to move. Every time you have a few hours spare, just pop another few things in boxes. It will then just come down to the last few bits and pieces on moving day, giving you more time to spend in your new home.

5. Get To Your New House First

Unless you want moving day chaos to ensue, make sure you get to the new house before the moving company. This means you can get right on with unloading and unpacking, without the removal men waiting around for you. It will also ensure that everything runs smoothly and all boxes end up in the right rooms.

6. From Big to Small

When you start unpacking, make sure you get the big stuff out of the way first. All of the flat pack furniture assembly should go first (we’ve got another time saving tip coming up, for that), along with other large items such as sofas and beds. Only then should you move onto the smaller things, even if that does mean going several hours without a cuppa. This will ensure everything has somewhere to go, or be stored, before your new home becomes a cluttered mess.

7. Furniture Disassembly and Reassembly

We often get called out by people who are on their second or third move because they have had bad experiences of removal companies re-building their furniture incorrectly with reports of it never quite functioning the way it did before, or built incorrectly. If you want to save even more time and annoyance when it comes to moving house, make sure you have a team of competent professional furniture assemblers.

Also some removal companies refuse to take on this task, so depending on how much furniture you have, assembling everything yourself could take hours. If you’d prefer to concentrate on the important boxes, and getting unpacked, then make sure you hire someone for your flat pack furniture assembly. We’re only a phone call away

8. Keep Important Things Separate

One of the worst things to happen, when moving house, is to lose all of your important paperwork and belongings. There’s a good chance they’ve been packed in the ‘Home Office’ boxes, but you can’t remember which one. Actually, they could be in the ‘Bedroom’ boxes. Before you know it you’re stressed out and the paperwork for your new home is missing. Keep all of your important things separate to make it easier when unpacking.

9. Time Consuming Cleaning

Have you got to clean your old home before you can hand over the keys? Most people will have to give their old house a deep clean, whether renting or selling on, which can be the most time consuming part of moving. If you want to save as much time as possible then hire someone to do the deep cleaning for you; it costs a lot less than you might think.

10. Know When to Stop

Finally, it’s important to know when to stop and put your feet up at the end of a ‘moving day’. You may not have unpacked every last piece of clothing, or all of the crockery, but there does come a time when you need to stop. If you try to unpack when you’re tired or exhausted, it’s going to take more time than ever. Instead, know when to call it a day and carry on with the rest at a later date. Most things can be gradually unpacked as and when you have time.

These 10 time saving tips should make it even easier for you to move house, without too much stress and without having to spend all night unpacking. If you want advice on moving home, along with information on flat pack furniture assembly, then be sure to get in touch; we’d be happy to help.

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Ready assembled furniture – a quick guide

appartment with ready assembled furnitureReady assembled furniture is quite simply furniture that has already been put together, and is therefore ready to just be moved into your home. It’s the opposite of flat pack furniture, which requires you (or somebody else) to assemble it for you. We’ve put together a quick guide featuring the main characteristics of ready assembled furniture, including who sells it, delivery costs, whether the quality matches the price, and some alternative options.

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Ready Assembled Furniture Brands
With the huge rise in popularity for flat pack furniture, it can be difficult to find brands and companies who still sell ready assembled furniture. However, there are still some out there. Catalogue and mail order companies top the list such as Littlewoods, with companies such as HEALS and ARAM leading the way in high end ultra luxury ready assembled furniture.

Cheaper options include Dreams or Argos, although much of their stuff now comes flatpack, so check before you buy. At the mid price range there are companies that specialise in wooden furniture, such as Oak Furniture Land.

If you compare the prices of these brands and their furniture, to somewhere like IKEA, then you’ll see a huge difference. Quite simply, being ready assembled furniture does not come cheap. This is because the companies will have to spend longer on manufacturing an item, will need more space to store it, and know people will pay for convenience.

Delivery Costs
It’s not just the price of ready assembled furniture you have to take into account, it’s the delivery costs as well. As much of this furniture is large and difficult to carry, many companies will charge more for delivery than they would with flat pack furniture. They may also charge extra for their delivery drivers to bring it into your home and put it in the right room.

If you’re planning on ordering a ready assembled wardrobe, then be prepared to pay the extra for someone to bring it into your bedroom. There may also be extra costs if two delivery drivers are needed, or if you live upstairs in a block of flats. Make sure you bear these extra costs in mind before you place an order for ready assembled furniture.

Paying for luxury designer ready assembled furniture is an investment and the extra cost is worth it in most cases.

Does the Quality Match the Price?
One question many people ask is whether the price of ready assembled furniture is justified by the quality. This is a tough question, that really depends on how much you’re paying and who you’re buying your furniture from. As an example, paying extra for furniture in Argos because it is ready assembled and requires two delivery drivers, is probably not going to be very cost effective. You’d be better off buying flat pack furniture and putting it together yourself.

We spoke to several people and asked why they purchased ready assembled furniture, the first misconception is that they presume the quality of a ready made piece costing £600 will be of better quality than a piece at £300 that came un-assembled. This is not always true, mostly you are paying for convenience and extra manufacturing costs.

Some high end companies offering ready assembled furniture obviously do offer extremely good quality pieces. Paying for luxury designer furniture is an investment and the extra cost is worth it in most cases.

As we’ve said before, you will have to factor in the extra costs of having your furniture already made, along with delivery charges. Is it good value for money? That all depends on what your goals are.

We have been called out several times because people believed there was no assembly involved only to find their furniture arrived flat and in a thousand pieces in a box.

Alternative Options to Ready Assembled Furniture
So, what are the alternatives to ready assembled furniture? Of course the main one is flatpack furniture, but then that brings all of the stress and wasted time trying to put it together. However, what if you could purchase your flatpack furniture, that was of high quality, didn’t cost a fortune in delivery charges, and was assembled for you? That’s exactly the service we provide at We Love Flatpacks. We’ll happily assemble any of your flatpack furniture, saving you the time and hassle, so that you can make the most of better deals. It means you can get a delivery of furniture from IKEA, then get it all assembled for you at your convenience.

You’ll be able to take advantage of the vast pool of high quality and fashionable flatpack furniture, with the convenience of ready assembled furniture. It’s a win-win situation, really. It’s also far more cost effective than paying a company to manufacture, store, and deliver furniture that has been ready assembled.

Now that you know a little more about ready assembled furniture, and the alternative options, what do you think? Would you rather pay a premium to have something already made delivered to you? Or would you prefer to make the most out of flatpack furniture and hire us to assemble it for you? If you’re still unsure then get in touch and we’ll talk you through the benefits of outsourcing your flat pack furniture assembly.

Final word of advice:

If you are buying ready assembled furniture be sure its definitely not flatpacked! In some cases manufacturers sneakily avoid telling the customer that there is extensive assembly involved with their products. We have been called out several times because people believed there was no assembly involved only to find their furniture arrived flat and in a thousand pieces in a box.

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Why More Londoners Are Getting Their Flatpack Furniture Assembled – And You Should Too!

Image representing a busy person getting flatpack furniture assembledMore and more people in London have turned to getting their flatpack furniture assembled over the last couple of years; it certainly seems to be a growing trend. But why? We take a look at the reasons behind people living in London getting their furniture assembled by professional flatpack assembly services, and why you should be too!

Busy London Life
London is one of the busiest cities in the planet, a fact which those who live here know all too well. Those who have set up home in London are likely to be constantly busy, whether that be through work, family life, going to the gym, or even just 24 hour socialising. With that in mind, it’s no wonder why more Londoners are getting their flatpack furniture assembled. No, it doesn’t mean that they’re lazy or can’t be bothered to do it themselves; it means that they simply don’t have the time and want to make the most of any spare time they have.

 

It’s not just Londoners however, as people from around the UK are constantly being stretched too thin with work and family life. More and more people are looking for faster ways to get things done, from ordering their shopping online to workouts at home. Getting flatpack furniture assembled is simply another quick way of getting things done, in this age of convenience. Do you really have the time to put together bedroom wardrobes, sofas, and TV units? If you’re living and working in London then it’s highly unlikely.

 

 No, it doesn’t mean that they’re lazy or can’t be bothered to do it themselves; it means that they simply don’t have the time and want to make the most of any spare time they have.

 

Stress-Free Furniture
Another big reason why Londoners are getting their flatpack furniture assembled comes down to stress levels. We’ve already mentioned how busy everybody is in the city, which generates it’s fair share of stress. Asking a Londoner to add more stress to their day, by spending hours building flatpack furniture, is risky business. At a minimum it eats in to our hard earned downtime whilst at the extreme end of the scale too much stress and our bodies begin to shut down; it’s called burning the candle at both ends.

 

Everyone knows how stressful it can be to build flat pack furniture, it seems like one of those impossible puzzles. It’s even more stressful when you need that piece of furniture right away, such as a bed to sleep on. Stress can cause all sorts of problems, impacting both work and home life. It’s not like you can call into the office and say you’re not going into work, because flat pack furniture has stressed you out. Getting flatpack furniture assembled, by a professional, will take away all of that stress and worry. You can simply enjoy your brand new furniture, without pulling your hair out to build it.

 

Cost Effective and Beautifully Designed Homes
It’s not very often that the words ‘cost effective’ and ‘beautifully designed homes’ actually work well together, unless you’re buying flat pack furniture. With many of the big name stores now delivering furniture in flat pack, with inspiration taken from IKEA, you’ll find that most items for the home will have to be built. Luckily for you, flat pack furniture is a far more cost effective solution than purchasing something ready built. It costs the companies less in manufacturing, with the savings then passed on to the customers.

 

This means you can easily design and decorate a beautiful home, without having to spend a fortune. However, as we’ve mentioned above, you do need to factor in your time, energy, and stress levels. If it’s taking you six hours to build a cupboard (six hours you could be getting on with some work), then how much is that going to cost you? It is far more cost effective to get your flatpack furniture assembled, when you think about the time and effort involved. After all, time is money. Those living in London recognise the benefits of buying flat pack furniture, along with the added benefits of getting it assembled for them.

 

It seems obvious now why more Londoners are getting their flatpack furniture assembled, when you take these 3 reasons into account. It has nothing to do with being lazy, or being unable to read the instructions; it is actually a great way to save time and money, whilst also keeping those stress levels down. If you want to know more about getting your flatpack furniture assembled, then give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

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Moving Home Checklist – Everything You Need for Your Move to London

im ShoppingstressThere’s no denying the allure of living and working in London, which is probably why nearly a quarter of a million people move to the capital every year! If you’re new to the area, however, it may seem a little bit daunting moving home. We want to take the hassle out of your move to London, with this easy checklist. Simply print it out, stick it on your wall and make sure you’re fully prepared before, during and after the big move.

The Paperwork Stuff
Regardless of whether you’re renting or buying, there’s plenty of paperwork that’s going to need to be done; usually before you move. Below are all of the documents you’ll need to get signed, sealed and delivered for your house move:

Property paperwork – There will be contracts to sign whether you’re buying or renting, so make sure you’ve read them through (invest in a solicitor if needs be) before signing and handing them over.

Insurance – If you have home insurance then make sure you inform the company of your move, to ensure you’re fully covered from the day you move into your new property.

Utilities – All your utility companies are going to need prior warning about your move, so give them a call and let them know the moving date and new address. If you’re moving to London from another country then shop around for the best utility providers, for your new home.

Banks and other organisations – Just like your utility providers, you need to let everyone know you’re moving home. The bank will want to see proof of your new address, which you may not be able to provide until you’ve moved. Make sure you let everyone you have dealings with (yes, even the credit card companies) that you’re going to be moving to London.

 

Packing Up and Moving
Depending on where you’re moving from, packing up and moving can be one of the most stressful parts of the whole operation. Those moving from another country will have to search for a moving company that will ship your things over, whereas those moving within the UK will have it a little easier.

Here are some tips and tricks to help make packing up and moving run smoothly:
Get rid of what you don’t need – Before you start filling boxes with junk you haven’t used in 10 years it’s best to have a sort through your stuff. Make piles of things you want to take, things you can sell and things that can be given away or thrown out. This will make the whole packing experience so much easier.

Book your removal firm – Always ask friends and family, if possible, for recommendations on removal firms. You can also use reviews online to make your decision. Bank holiday weekends and Fridays are the most popular times to move house, therefore making them more pricey. Try to pick a midweek slot if you can.

Keep pets and children away – However much you may think it’s a good idea to let the little one help you move home, chances are they’re going to either slow down the process or get injured. Either that or they’ll be bored out of their brains! Ask a friend or family member if they can look after your children for the day. The same applies to pets.

 

Settling In
So, you’ve moved everything into your new London home and your city life can finally begin. After the daunting task of unpacking that is. Whether you’ve bought all your worldly goods to your new home or are starting from scratch, here are the things you need to remember:

Sort out the important things first – However keen you may be to set up the TV and surround sound, it is important to get the useful things out of the way first. After the kettle (obvious first choice in London), you need to set up something to sleep on, something to sit on and something to eat on.

Have another clear out – When you’re unpacking you may find that some of that junk has slipped through the net, which means it’s time for another clear out. Again, make piles of things to keep, things to sell and things to get rid of.

Save time and energy – Have a look at all the different ways you can save time and energy whilst moving home. Whether that’s investing in a removal company that packs and unpacks boxes for you or outsourcing your flatpack furniture assembly. The fact is, moving house can be stressful so always keep an eye out for ways that stress can be reduced.

If you are moving to London soon then we wish you all the best of luck on your new adventure. The capital is a truly wonderful place to live, even if it does seem a bit hectic at times. Remember, if you want us to help you with your move and assemble that pesky flatpack furniture, then we’re simply a call away.

We Love Flatpacks – Flatpack Assembly and Handyman Service. Call  020 8226 4925 to see how we can help with your moving chores.

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