Category Archives: Bedroom furniture

Expecting Visitors?

When I was a child, family staying over for Christmas would have to make do with a shared bed, a settee or the floor but if you’re planning a more comfortable welcome for your visitors you might be thinking of offering them a real bed of their own.

Or you could just be thinking of sprucing up your home with some new furniture or adding a bit more storage or hanging space.

Either way, time is running out. It might have felt like summer for the past few days but we are now into the last month of autumn.

You don’t have long, in other words.

But worry not. There’s still time to order flatpack furniture from IKEA or elsewhere and to book my time to build it for you. I will be busy, though, so please don’t leave it too much longer!

Sorry, I’ve Been a Bit Busy

Beware the tradesman who has time to write a blog.

As it happens, I usually do find the odd few minutes every now and again to update you on what I’ve been doing and about some of the more interesting things I’ve been up to. But there are only so many ways to describe assembling a Pax wardrobe or building a garden shed, and I don’t like to repeat myself.

However, it’s probably a good idea to remind customers – old, new and prospective – that I’m still in business and still able to help with just about any assembly jobs that might come up. Recently, that’s means some stylish wardrobes from B & Q (yes), a few new IKEA items and a pretty big shed that was just about on my physical limit, as well as more humble (and lighter) bedside cabinets, tables, chairs and window boxes. Oh, and loo seats and bathroom mirrors.

All done with the minimum of fuss and bother. As it says somewhere else on this site, if it comes flatpacked or in a box and needs assembling, I’m your man.

I’ve been pretty busy with Hillarys shutters and blinds, too, but more of them another time.


IKEA Tyssedal and Hemnes Assembly

IKEA Tyssedal chest by Flatpack JerseyYesterday’s IKEA assembly included a new one for me: a Tyssedal five-drawer chest for the customer’s bedroom. There was also a familiar Hemnes bedside cabinet (but for the office) and a Hemnes sideboard/cabinet for the kitchen, identical the ones I built a few weeks ago.

The small Hemnes unit was quickly done. Two drawers (plus a small internal drawer and a sturdy little cabinet makes it an ideal piece for the office. It’s the perfect size to stand a printer on, for instance.

The Tyssedal chest is both tall and surprisingly heavy, being made mainly of what seems like denser than normal MDF. The surface certainly looks durable and all the parts are very precisely moulded and machined so they fit together perfectly. Assembly (like most IKEA) is mainly by metal pegs and plastic cams, plus some allen (hexagon) bolts to make the base and legs very sturdy indeed. It took a little while to build but the end result was really quite classy.

IKEA Tyssedal chest by Flatpack Jersey

Finally, to the kitchen, where a Hemnes sideboard also went together very well. It’s a fairly complicated one to build, but I have done a few now, and the finished item looked very smart in its new setting. It squeezed into the allocated space with about a centimetre to spare, too. The drawers on these fit perfectly and only one of the doors needed a tiny amount of adjustment. Again, it’s pretty heavy but I managed on my own.

Ninety-One IKEA Items Later

IKEA Hall Furniture by Flatpack Jersey
Hall furniture by IKEA

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

Rauch Elegant4You Wardrobe and Chests

Rauch Elegant4you mirror wardrobeYou 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.

The wardrobe is very heavy (or I’m getting weak), especially the sliding doors Continue reading Rauch Elegant4You Wardrobe and Chests

A Morning’s Work

Brimnes 3 door wardrobe by IKEAToday’s customer had ordered a few items from IKEA, which were duly delivered to her flat in town. Looking at her shopping list I estimated 4-5 hours and quoted my half-day rate  of £125.

The items to be assembled were a three door Brimnes wardrobe, a three drawer chest to match, plus a bedside cabinet and a Lugnvik sofa bed. Continue reading A Morning’s Work

Day Two, and this Great Testimonial

After a long day assembling wardrobes, a desk and some nursery furniture, day two was shorter (thanks to the non-delivery of another wardrobe), so all I had to build was the second desk (easy) and a very big wardrobe, this time with massive sliding doors.

Despite its size and weight, the wardrobe was actually simpler than the two smaller ones I’d built on day one. It was also built in a very different way, with some potential for disaster. It was a German brand I haven’t seen before but was not unlike some Schreiber ones I’ve built, using a modular system.

Building a modular wardrobe ‘standing up’, as it were, rather than face down, means there’s a risk of one or more panels toppling over under their own weight. But with care and a bit of forethought, it can be done, even working solo.

In all, the wardrobe took about three hours or so of careful heavy lifting. Once the basic carcass was built and the door runners added, the plain door was heavy enough, although it was fairly easy to hang on its track. The second door, though, was mirrored and seemed to weigh about twice as much. But again, once it was in position, with the top safely under the wardrobe’s pelmet, it was fairly easy to hang.

I’ll have another one of those wardrobes to build when it’s finally delivered. Meanwhile, I was sent this wonderful message by my happy and grateful customer:

“Thanks again for a fantastic job!!! You really make a very tough job look so easy……but we all know it is far from it. You have saved us weeks/months of agony trying to assemble all the furniture. Amazing what you achieved in such a short space of time.”
~ Annaret

It’s reactions like that that make this business worthwhile.

Mamas and Papas and a Whole Lot More

Mamas and Papas cot bedIt was a big couple of days, but delighted and grateful customers make it all worthwhile. Building two three-door wardrobes (each with drawers and each different and new to me), plus a desk, took me almost to the end of the normal working day on day one, but there was more still to do.

With a baby due in two weeks, I guessed my customers would be keen to have their new cot bed and changing unit built, and I have to report they were a pleasure to put together, even at the end of a long day.

I don’t encounter Mamas and Papas furniture very often but the quality of these two items was first class. They were very well protected and beautifully finished. The cot was quite simple (it can be converted to a bed later) and, even taking great care, only took about 30 minutes.

The dresser and changer was much more complicated, came in two boxes (with boxes inside boxes) and took me a good hour to build. There was a multitude of shaped and sculpted pieces, every one of them unique, and that was just to make up the outer frames.

Mamas and Papas dresser and changerThe main carcass was more simple, the drawers used an unusual design, all screwed together, but with plastic inserts and accurate drilling that made every screw feel secure and precise. Drawer fronts are double thickness (and double weight).

Elsewhere, the cams and bolts went together perfectly, too, with a consistent degree of tightness that you don’t always get with budget-priced furniture. Each bolt is screwed into its own insert, which means you can actually screw them in by hand. These inserts give the bolts just enough ‘give’ for the cams to tighten ‘just so’ every time.

Fully-built, with a simple but clever frame to create the ‘changer’ on top of the cabinet, the unit was very heavy.

Mamas and Papas furniture isn’t cheap, but I can imagine the dresser/changer unit lasting for several babies, if not generations.