Not content with the 91 items I assembled a couple of weeks ago, my happy customer called me back for a few more things last week.
This time, a table tennis table was the main item and it could qualify as the heaviest single piece I’ve ever built. I don’t know what it weighs in total but for the first time ever I actually needed help lifting parts of it into position. Continue reading Ninety-One Was Not Enough→
When a potential customer contacted me a few weeks ago for an estimate to assemble their new IKEA furniture it looked like a big job. I’ve done big jobs before – big items and/or lots of them.
But this was the biggest yet. When we agreed I would do it the list looked like four or maybe five days’ worth, and I knew it would mean some heavy lifting too. IKEA are quite careful not to make any of their individual boxes too heavy – even though many of those boxes are best lifted and moved by two people and one piece of furniture might come in three such boxes… Continue reading Ninety-One IKEA Items Later→
The day after building the Rauch wardrobes and chests, I was back at a previous customer’s home for not the second but the third time. This was in a kitchen I’d helped to nearly complete some months ago.
This time there were just the kick boards to add and a cowel for the cooker hood that the customer was struggling to fix. The problem with the kick boards was Continue reading Back Again→
You can forgive manufacturers picking daft names for their products if the products themselves are worth having, and so it is with Rauch’s Elegant4You range. There’s nothing particularly outstanding about the wardrobe and bedside drawers I built this week, but they are stylish enough and of a decent quality and went together well.
Seen something you really like in the sales but worried you won’t be able to assemble it?
If that’s all that’s stopping you, don’t fret. Remember, sale prices mean you can probably buy the furniture you want, and have it assembled for you, for less than the price you would normally pay just to get it home.
Let’s say that lovely bedroom suite is only £395, down from £595, but you don’t fancy putting it together. Well, that £200 saving would pay for a lot of my time – much more time than it would take me to assemble a wardrobe, a bed and a couple of chests of drawers.
That means you still save money, you still get your new bedroom and you don’t get the backache, skinned knuckles or stress of building it yourself.
The most popular colour for shutters is undoubtedly white – either pure white (a close match to most ‘brilliant white’ domestic paint) or silk white, which is slightly softer, although the difference isn’t obvious until you put them side by side. Cream is also quite popular.
Recently, though, I’ve had several jobs where customers have chosen wood grain for their shutters rather than solid painted finishes, and I must say Continue reading The White Solution?→
I don’t like to mention the word this early in the autumn – in fact I’m still clinging on to the last vestiges of summer and an occasional paddle – but with a 10-12 week lead time, the Christmas deadline for shutter orders has already passed. Continue reading The Pre-Christmas (sorry!) Rush→