Flat pack vs Fully Assembled Furniture - Each Has Its Merits

16th May 2017

Flat pack vs Fully Assembled Furniture

Wondering what type of furniture to purchase?  Each type has its own merits but we have put together a run down of the main differences and the reasons why.

What Is Flat Pack Furniture.

Flat pack furniture or K/D (Knock Down) is a type of furniture which does not come assembled from the supplier.  The customer needs to assemble it. However, the manufacturing company does make it in such a way that it is not difficult to assemble. A booklet or guide comes along with the furniture.   The customer can easily read and understand how the furniture needs to be assembled. Suppliers also provide tools with the furniture to aid assembling the furniture.

Fully assembled furniture does not require any assembling.  The supplier sells it after completing the required fitting and assembling. Fully assembled furniture can be more expensive to ship and transport.   A benefit is that the customer does not have to spend any time on its assembling.  As it comes assembled from the supplier itself the build quality should be perfect.

Both types of furniture have their own advantages and disadvantages. We have put together a list of the pros and cons of flat pack v's assembled furniture:

1.Ease of Assembly

As we saw earlier a flat pack furniture requires assembling after buying it.  This means customer has too spend time on the assembling the furniture.   They must go through instructions to make sure the assembling goes smoothly and the furniture is not damaged during fix.

Fully assembled furniture does not require assembling. A customer can start using it as soon as it gets delivered to the customer’s house or office. It is certainly more convenient and time-saving affair if you compare it with flat pack furniture.

2.Flat Pack Furniture Is Cheaper

Transportation is another important point which needs to be highlighted while comparing these two furniture types.

Flat pack furniture helps reduce the cost of the furniture in 2 ways.  Firstly, more items can be packed in a shipping container thus reducing the suppliers shipping cost.

Secondly, it is expensive so deliver a fully assemble item to your home.  As the size and weight has not be broken down it will require a specialist delivery service.  This will add to the cost of the furniture.

3.Strength Of The Furniture

Sturdiness: Flat packed furniture usually, but not always, is not as strong as the fully assembled furniture. Fully assembled furniture goes through a quality check at the suppliers.  With fully assembled furniture compromises to strength to not have to be made.   In order to make furniture flat packed strong joins may has to be lost so that the furniture can be reduced for packing. Flat packed furniture needs to be carefully put together.  The assembling pieces may become loose if damaged during assembly.

4.Getting Furniture Into Your Home.

Flat pack furniture can be taken into any room in the house and then assembled.  If you buy a fully assembled piece you may not get it through your front door or up the stairs.

5.Price Comparison

Fully assembled furniture is generally better quality than flat packed furniture.  This quality is reflected in the price though as it can be 40% higher than its flat pack alternative.


Flat pack furniture is not always cheap furniture.  If you buy good quality flat pack or assembled furniture it will last and do its job.  Just take care to follow the instructions fully.

Even expensive designer furniture comes flat pack as can be seen here.

Flat Pack furniture when built properly can look great.  You can see from the Valencia set below that assembled the set would fill a van on its own.  Assembly time for the full set takes 30 minutes. and comes in 4 boxes.

Assembled Flat Pack Rattan Set Assembled Flat Pack Rattan Set

We have a range of assembled and flat pack ranges available.

Assembling flat pack furniture can be easy, watch fix it and finish it on his youtube channel


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