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History of Flat Pack Furniture

When Was Flat Pack Furniture Invented?

The idea of flat pack furniture came in the 1950s. Until then all furniture was delivered already made and sometimes it took a long time to get your furniture, if they had to be made specifically for you. You could order furniture from a carpenter or a shop. All furniture back then were very heavy, made from solid wood, often handmade and expensive and had elements that were hard to execute.

Who Invented Flat Pack Furniture?

The idea of furniture that can be made in parts and assembled came to a man who worked at IKEA in the 1950s. His name was Gillis Lundgren, he was a furniture designer and he was one of the very first employees at the now worldwide known brand IKEA. He found himself unable to load a large table onto a small car of a client who had purchased it. Then the idea occurred that if he could remove the table’s legs it would be easy to load it into the car. And this is when the idea of flat pack furniture was born.


How Much is Spent on Flat Pack Furniture?

It doesn’t cost as much as producing bespoke furniture and that is due to a number of reasons. The cheap cost of mass producing flat packs is the result of a few conditions:

Cheap and easy shipping. The costs for shipping flat pack furniture is not big because of the way they are flat packed and stored, it is easier to move a lot of pieces of furniture in just one shipping. Thus, paying the amount and shipping more RTA furniture. Another way the cost for shipping and delivery is cut, is because many people can load the boxes with the flat packs in their own cars and the manufacturers do not spend their resources on delivery.

The materials of RTA furniture are purchased in large quantities and the retailers get discounts and pay less for more materials.

Design and styles. Unlike bespoke furniture, RTAs have limited styles and designs and are easily mass produced. There is no effort or time spent on designing the furniture.

How to Assemble Flat Pack Furniture?

If you decide to deal with the assembly of your furniture on your own, there are a few basic and necessary things you should to do prepare the area, the materials, and yourself.

*Advice 1: Build the furniture in the room it is going to stay in.

*Advice 2: There are some IKEA furniture that are very hard to assemble, you should ask someone to help you.

Putting together flat pack furniture:

Use the floor to lay down all components of the furniture. Use the cardboard packaging, a bedsheet, or something else to cover your floor, to protect the floor and your new furniture.

See the list of parts and check if you have everything. Get bowls/cups/plastic containers, or anything else to separate the different types of screws, nuts and bolts. There might be some missing that you can easily replace, or there can be major components or parts missing that you will need to call the store to get them. There might be some that differ in size and it is very important to notice that in time and to follow the manual carefully because if you misplace them and assemble the furniture with the wrong bolts and screws you can damage the furniture.

Read the flat pack assembly instructions carefully to make sure you understand them.

See what tools you will need and get them near you – a screwdriver, a hammer, a star key.

You better do all screwing and tightening by hand because it will be very easy to keep it under control and not damage the wood nor the bolt.

But most important of all, take your time, do it slowly and follow the instruction strictly!

Possible list of tools you might need:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Knife
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Article By Pankaj Chawla

He is an Architect by profession and having a taste in luxurious & more practical form of interior, thats why working since long into this field as an Interior Architect.