Flat Pack Furniture, a.k.a. Ready-To-Assemble Furniture, a.k.a Knock-Down Furniture, a.k.a. Kit Furniture; is a form of furniture that requires customer assembly.
The fact that this so-called “furniture” needs four different names to try and even describe what it’s supposed to be, really seems like a big clue to stay far, far, far, far away from it! I think I could probably get away with this being the first hilarious reason to stay away from it, but it actually kind of seems more disturbing than hilarious.
#1 Someone might see you try to assemble it!
Anyone who’s ever tried to assemble flat pack furniture themselves knows how frustrating this task can actually be. It usually starts as an awkwardly shaped, beautiful, brown box that’s really heavy. If you’re really lucky though it might even have a bunch of smaller brown boxes inside, along with those famous ‘easy-to-follow’ instructions! In a way, it’s a bit of a gamble in that the odds of successfully building it out are not always guaranteed.
Now, Anyone who’s been fortunate enough to get to watch someone try to assemble “Ready-To-Assemble Furniture” knows how hilarious the next few hours or sometimes days actually is! I’m sure many relationships have ended because of uncontrollable laughter at their partner’s frustration. Most people these days will embarrassingly admit they would have actually preferred to pay someone else to do it instead!
#2 Think outside the box! Don’t have the same furniture as everyone else!
Have you ever noticed how trying to be hip and unique usually actually ends up making you just like everyone else? Really boring and really similar! These days it seems like everyone lives in the same cookie-cutter houses with the same cookie-cutter furniture inside and also for some strange reason even the same dishes most of the time too now (not sure who’s fault that is yet). Since Sweden’s creation of this low-priced, low-quality furniture in 1949 they’ve actually been slowly taking over the world one simple house at a time!
I wonder how often people get lost trying to figure out which house is theirs after a night of too many cocktails!
#3 The seemingly obvious options we forget we actually still have!
Have we forgotten how incredibly talented real carpenters are and always have been? Did you know that there are still stores out there who make furniture out of actual wood? It’s not only beautiful, and will last a lifetime, but it’s already assembled for you too! Instead of looking just like all the other houses. You have the option to make your home somewhat unique still.
But wait! There’s more! The most amazing pieces of hand-crafted, wood furniture out there will last many lifetimes. There’s even a special name for it. Remember Antique Furniture? Often times it’s the most affordable and found at your local garage sales! While your flatpack furniture may seem as though it is the cost effective option, by the time you buy it, assemble it and go about your day, you could have come up on some truly well crafted and artistically designed furniture for only slightly more money and none of the hassle.