Flatpack furniture – a little moment of triumph!

The daunting view inside the box!

The daunting view inside the box!

This last week I have been trying to make a concerted effort to try and finally get my house in order, literally. Having moved into my new flat 2 months ago,I recently realised that I moved in, got the basics sorted and then just left everything else for another day. Well, here we are two months later, and ‘everything else’ is still sitting in boxes in the living room, bedroom, hallway, bathroom… you get the picture.

So last week I got online and ordered myself a Tallboy storage unit for my bathroom as there was no storage in there at all, and every time I move I knock something over! So having done the comparisons based on aesthetic, dimensions, storage capacity (I have a ridiculous amount of skincare products for a man, but you didn’t hear that from me!), and- very importantly – price, I made my choice and placed my order.

What I hadn’t really considered was that my bathroom’s new storage unit was going to arrive as a flat pack, and somebody was going to have to assemble it! Wouldn’t the box also contain elves to do that for you? Apparently not! So, out came the power drill bits (never used, still in their packaging), screwdrivers, hammer, measuring tape, and pretty much every other piece of DIY kit I had bought for my move.

I opened the box and was faced by a myriad of white wood panels in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as about a dozen little bags of screws, brackets, pins etc. – all of it mind-boggling to me.

The finished article

The finished article

“Get organised and methodical”, I thought to myself. Thankfully everything was numbered or lettered, and it was just a matter of following instructions (easier said than done when you can’t even work out which way up the diagram should be!). It is recommended that two people should be involved in the construction. Typically though, as a man, I decided I knew better and I could do it all on my own. I did do it on my own but it would have been infinitely easier and quicker to have had an extra pair of hands. Note to self: take the advice of the manufacturer in future!

So after an hour my bathroom had its first piece of storage furniture and I felt oddly proud of myself. It doesn’t take much I suppose.

I think I may have been feeling a little too proud of myself as I am now awaiting the delivery of three more pieces of flat pack furniture – two bookshelves and another little cupboard for the bathroom. I think I may live to regret this decision!

Slowly but surely it is all beginning to take shape and I am loving putting it all together, but after the next lot of flat pack furniture arrives I think I may just try some ready-made pieces that come delivered in one piece!

There’s my doorbell, time to get that power drill plugged in! Wish me luck.

Miceal. Xx


  1. dee October 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    well done you, we paid a company to put up our new ikea wardrobes!

  2. Miceal Murphy October 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    I was tempted to hire someone to put together the flatpack for me but am glad I didn’t. Wardrobes on the other hand are a different matter. I think you made the same
    Decision I would about pieces if furniture that big! Lol.

  3. Dawn Tindle October 26, 2014 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Well done Miceal.
    I am at the same stage after a flood in my home from the bathroom on the 3rd level.
    I have been looking for some tall storage like you purchased. Can I be nosey and ask where you made your purchases; as I have tried the used retail areas DIY shops and on line too with any success. This has obvious hampered my efforts and limited time. Help SOS…..Miceal.

    Good luck with the future DIY but with larger items you do need another pair of hands.

    Best wishes to you for your new home. x

  4. Miceal Murphy October 28, 2014 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Dawn, the Tallboy was from Argos (as there is one really nearby) and I got a few other storage units for bathroom from futon.com. I just wanted something quick easy and not too expensive. And these did I the trick. Best of luck with getting it all sorted out. X

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