How to Assemble Garden Furniture This Summer

garden-furnitureWe’re promised a good summer this year, so the chances are many people will be looking at their existing garden furniture and deciding they need to replace it. That’s all very well, but there’s a fly in every ointment. With garden furniture, it’s having to put it together.

Garden Furniture Assembly

Unless you’re buying something high-end and bespoke, garden furniture normally comes as flat-packs, and that can cause problems. Even if no parts are missing, and even if the instructions don’t look like something produced by a thousand monkeys with keyboards, garden furniture assembly can be anything but intuitive.

No-one could be blamed for getting a handyman in, not only to avoid the hassle but also to make sure you don’t ruin furniture you’ve paid good money for. If you feel up to tackling it, though, following a few simple principles can save you a lot of frustration.

Essential Preparation

  • The first thing to do when you open a flat-pack is to lay out all the parts and check them against the list in the instructions (including counting screws). If something’s missing, don’t attempt to start assembly.
  • If the pack includes non-symmetrical parts (e.g. the right and left sides of a chair) identify which is which.
  • Make sure you have all necessary tools to hand before you start the process.
  • Find a space with a flat surface and big enough to work in comfortably.
  • Make sure you have enough time to finish. If you have to come back to it later, there’s a risk something will have been lost.

General Principles of Assembly

The exact procedure will depend on which item you’re assembling (e.g. table or chair), the material (e.g. rattan, metal or plastic) and the manufacturer. Here are a few general principles, though.

  • Always stick to the order the instructions recommend — there’s a reason for it.
  • Place the item so that you can get at the connections most easily. For instance, a table would normally be assembled upside-down.
  • To minimise damage, leave any protective tape or other materials in place until it’s essential to remove it.
  • Don’t fully tighten screws or bolts till assembly is close to complete, since it may make it harder to fit other screws or bolts in.
  • Use every piece provided — it’s there for a purpose.

DIY or Professional?

If you work sensibly and methodically, you should be able to assemble your own garden furniture. If you just want it done and on your patio and you’re looking for a London handyman to oblige, Handy Squad can have your garden furniture assembled in no time.