If you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Ikea’s wordless assembly manuals, which star a little man whose smug grin stares at you tauntingly from the manual of a coffee table you’ll never be able to build, we understand. For as affordable and accessible as the Swedish retailer is, putting together your new Scandi pieces can be a frustrating experience. On the other hand, furniture that ships fully assembled is frequently either expensive or hard to physically get into your home—not the best option when you’re trying to move.
At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, there’s got to be a better way. And there is! The widespread convenience of Ikea has created a new generation of mid-range furniture companies that are more consumer-friendly than ever, in order to stay competitive with the flatpack giant. This means that not only is reasonably priced, well-designed furniture easy to find, but there are several companies tackling the at-home construction problem to make putting together your new pieces less of a chore.
Between sofas that can be put together in under 15 minutes and tables that don’t require a single tool, here are a few of our favorite easy-to-assemble furniture companies changing the game.
Campaign ticks all the boxes: Easy to assemble (without tools, in 15 minutes or less), ships flat and for free (in seven days), and actually looks super chic. It’s perfect in its versatility: Those who move frequently will appreciate how quick and painless it is to take the furniture apart and put it back together. Campaign also offers removable covers, so you can change the look of your pieces entirely without having to spring for a new sofa.
While the company has plans to branch out into more types of furniture, the fact that it currently offers only three pieces—a sofa, a loveseat, and a chair—means that it has been able to create an uber-specialized system of production. Every item is durable and thoughtfully designed, somehow both cool and contemporary yet timeless and sophisticated.
Detroit-based Floyd is similar to Campaign in upscale design and ease of assembly—it’s also fast to build and doesn’t need tools—but it targets a different set of furniture altogether. Offering a bed, a table, a desk, and a side table (the latter of which can purportedly be built in five minutes), the brand is characterized by its modern metal hardware. Another bonus? Floyd recently rolled out same-day delivery in cities across the country, so you won’t have to wait long for the new additions to your household.
A caveat: Not every product is assemble-at-home, unfortunately, but the Bundle Desk and Linnea Bookshelf both use traditional Japanese joinery techniques so you can put together your pieces on your own. Perfect for minimalists, both items are long-lasting and carefully crafted.
What makes Opendesk stand out is its unique business model: More than just a place to buy cool furniture, it’s also an online platform for connecting customers with independent craftspeople around the world. Once you pick your item, you have the option to sift through various quotes from different makers and pick the one that works best for you. The customized experience definitely makes Opendesk stand out from other furniture companies.
Priced slightly lower than other easy-to-assemble furniture brands, Burrow pieces are simple in both design and construction. Snap hinges together to build your sofa or ottoman; a process that’s supposed to take roughly 20 minutes but according to one reviewer took only 10 minutes for the sofa.
Cool features, like a hidden USB charging port, adaptable seat modules, and spill-proof fabric, make Burrow’s pieces great for millennials on the move. There’s also a 30-day free return policy on the off chance you’re not 100 percent in love with your piece—but judging from customer reviews and the immense popularity of this company, we’re inclined to think you will be.
If their site is any indication of user friendliness, Whackpack Furniture’s homepage literally features a child putting together one of its signature stools. Made in Ireland and available to ship worldwide, The “Creepie Stool” is the company’s only product, but the affordable price and versatility of this piece makes it one worth picking up to add a finishing touch to any room.
The pared-back design is available in multiple colors, and is described as a “contemporary take on solid wood craft furniture” that pays homage to the simple furniture styles that were prevalent during famine-era Ireland. Sleek design aside, the assembly process may just be the easiest of any item on this list: All you have to do to put your stool together is whack the legs in place with a provided hammer.
Inspired by the founders’ personal experience searching for rental furniture that didn’t actually look like rental furniture, Akron Street’s durable hardwood furniture is expertly crafted and well-suited for a multitude of personal styles.
With everything from tables to chairs to clothing racks to even a bed, there are more products to choose from than other mid-range furniture companies with similarly easy-to-assemble items. You do need tools to assemble the aforementioned items, but the good news is that they can all be put together in under 15 minutes.
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