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    Pros and cons of flat pack furniture

    Handymen

    Are flat pack installations of a lower quality than pre assembled products? What are the pros and cons of purchasing flat pack fittings over pre assembled ones?

    Asked by Jenny on 19th Oct 2020
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    DPU Projects & Maintenance

    "Hi, flat pack has its place . Cost and if your access is not so good it’s perfect. But pre built is normally better."

    Answered on 19th Oct 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    HBIservices

    "Flat packs are just as good as pre-built units, but they must be built correctly to ensure strength and stability. A handyman can charge from 60 to 200 pounds depending on the size, so this should be considered when purchasing."

    Answered on 10th Nov 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    DjM. Maintenance

    "Pros- easily installed in the house.
    Cons- easily damaged and not as durable"

    Answered on 19th Oct 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    pk handyman services

    "Flat pack furniture is cheap and convenient but is not normally as rigid or sturdy and does not like to be moved about to much . And you normally need a large space to assemble it in ."

    Answered on 19th Oct 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    Mark dawson

    "They can be low quality if cheaper brand are bought.But over all most are quite adequate.
    As long as they are build close to where they will stand long term.flat pack dose not like to be moved around to much.
    The joining clips and parts can work loose.
    Best to build where it will be standing."

    Answered on 19th Oct 2020 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
    Chris W Phelan

    "Yes flat pack furniture is of lower quality than ready assembled furniture."

    Answered on 19th Oct 2020 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
    Forbes Logic - No Job To Small

    "Hi Jenny,

    The 4 main advantages of flat pack are ease of transport ie a small vehicle, easier to get into the house/flat and through doorways, modular assembly and usually a cheaper purchase price.

    The potential disadvantage of flat pack is if it not assembled correctly it will be weak and could fall apart. However if assembled correctly it can be as strong or in some cases stronger that preassembled.

    I can highly recommend Ikea and Oak Furniture World flat packs, but you try and avoid Wayfair, eBay and Amazon flat packs."

    Answered on 19th Oct 2020 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
    Jas tiling

    "Flat pack is good for the cost but does not last in my opinion.

    I would always put pre assembled ahead of flat pack."

    Answered on 25th Oct 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    MOv B Ltd

    "1)It depends on the brand and also of the material.

    2) Flat Pack
    Pros:
    Easy to transport;
    Easy to assemble;
    Most of the times it's cheap;
    Cons:
    Comes with standards dimensions;
    Most of the times is a lower quality materials;

    Pre-assembled
    Pros :
    Can be transported and fitted for you;
    Can do any dimensions;
    Any combination of colours;
    Can choose material or combination of materials;
    Good quality

    Cons :
    Most of the times it's expensive"

    Answered on 26th Nov 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    Eaton Handyman Services

    "Flat pack is ok and it has its place but you can't beat good quality ready made furniture."

    Answered on 27th Oct 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report

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