How to Use Ikea Furniture Assembly Instructions

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Ikea's stylish and affordable furniture is notorious for cryptic, illustrated instructions. Missing or damaged components causes you to repackage the furniture and return it to the store. With a little preparation and prevention, furniture assembly is relatively simple. Use the following instructions to use Ikea furniture assembly instructions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Unwrap every part, component, tool and hardware item. Set everything out neatly in front of you. Check the quantities of each item with the key on the cover or first page of the instructions.

  2. 2

    Inspect all parts and compare any holes or features with the drawings in the instructions, so you can return any faulty boxes. Ikea stocks free extra parts and tools in their stores. The free bins are usually near the customer service desks.

  3. 3

    Set out towels for assembly on hard surface floors, to protect your floors and new furniture.

  4. 4

    Read through the entire assembly instructions packet ahead of time. Evaluate whether it makes sense to do certain segments of the instructions first to save time, room, or use the same tools (hammer, electric tools, etc) all at once.

  5. 5

    Group the components together in order of use, and follow the steps. Carefully make sure all holes and features match the illustrations, to avoid using a piece backwards or in the wrong place.

  6. 6

    Assemble the furniture. Make sure all furniture parts are used in the construction. Test the furniture for stability. Tighten all screw and double check that weight bearing parts are secure. Enjoy your new furniture.

Tips and warnings

  • To avoid furniture assembly completely, check the "As Is" section of the store. Items sell as-is, completely or partially assembled. Some customers partially assemble furniture and then return half-finished desks out of frustration. Ikea staff then completes the assembly and sets out to sell "as-is," without any damage.

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