I have been a lover of flat pack and build your own furniture for years and something I have learned along the way is don’t defer from the manual.
I have learned the hard way in many forms about not following instructions.
Here is why you need a decent manual whether you are spending a little or a lot on something that needs your input in making.
Buy cheap buy twice
Everyone knows I love a good bargain and have often fallen victim to the bargain area in the likes of Ikea. The only problem being I have saved my self a few pounds on the item but have to try and be mystic meg to construct as manuals are missing.
When I get to the end of a DIY jobs that I have done off the top of my head, I always have pieces left over which clearly should be in my build.
I always wondered why I need new stuff every few years when it falls down with kids climbing on it and wear and tear.
Back to front and inside out
The amount of times I have had to deconstruct a build from not following the technical documentation is crazy.
Things always end up back to front and inside out. I must of built some items in my own three times over before having everything facing the correct way.
A few times I have been known to return the store that I have purchase the flat pack from and demand they have missed pieces from it.
More times then I care to admit have the pieces been there and I’ve just not read the instructions correctly.
Time is Money
The time I have taken to rectify my errors is crazy but the money I have spend buying new furniture is worse.
I used to lead a very disposable life were if anything wasn’t right it was disposed of, but growing up I have learned this isn’t the best ethos and I should do things right first time to save expense.
Trust me don’t use the manual as a coffee mat (which I may have done on several occasions)
Before making so many errors I didn’t realise there are multilingual manuals available. More companies should make manuals in a variety of forms to suit all people.
I am more of a doer then a reader so I love a good picture manual, where as my other half is a methodical builder and loves a blow by blow written breakdown.
YouTube has also been a friend to me along the way with step by step unboxings of various products. You can pause as you go along and build along with the video. Great if your a procrastinator and want to take your time.
Are you a reader of manuals or a wing and a prayer type of person?
Whats the most complex thing you have built without a manual?
***This is a Collaboration post but all views are honest and my own ***
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