Basic Sofa Assembly Tools For Your Online Couch Purchase

Screw_Driver_displayHave you ever been curious about sofa assembly tools? Assembling a sofa may sound like a daunting task for some, but most are relatively simple to put together. Often, no tools will be needed. Some will require basic tools the average homemaker would have, and some might include a specialized tool for tightening particular bolts.
Regardless of the type of assembly instructions that come with your sofa, you should have the following tools available:

  •   Knife—this is for opening the carton or cartons the sofa parts come in.
  •  Needle nose pliers—If using a knife does not seem like the best way to open the cartons, then the pliers can be used to remove the staples.
  •  Screwdrivers—It is recommended to have a flat-head and Phillip screwdriver in medium size.
  •  Small hammer—There may be a few nails to drive into place.
  •  A set of socket wrenches and sockets—Some type of tightening device may be needed. It could be screws or nuts and bolts. Socket wrenches can make the job easier.
  •  Make sure you are undertaking the project in an area where there will be adequate room to lay out all the parts an still allow you to move around as needed.

Any do-it-yourself project might have unique requirements. Before using the tools, there are several things you can do to make the job easier and faster.

These include:

  • Finding the directions and reviewing them before you take the wrapping off of any piece of the unassembled sofa.
  •  Making sure the proper number of nuts, bolts, screws, cams or whatever the instructions call for are included.
  •  Checking to see that all the pieces are there. This is also a good time to separate the right-side pieces from the left, front from back, and whatever other groupings might be involved.
  •  Following the directions in order. Sometimes it will seem as if something else should be done. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  •  Saving the box and packing material in the event you are not satisfied with the unassembled project. You can usually return it.

These directions work for the lower-end products where you will use slip covers for the cushions and the back of the sofa. If you are dealing with a higher-end product where all the exposed areas have upholstery, then some tools other than those listed above might be needed. Often these specialized tools will be packaged in one of the cartons.

Thankfully, many manufacturers pack not only specialized tools for that particular model with purchase, but give the buyer two sets of instructions just in case.
As a rule, you will find  sofas ( as compared to some other types of unassembled furniture) easier to put together and you will feel more accomplished when the project is finally completed.


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