Home decor puzzle: How to handle problems in your home you know nothing about
Ah, DIY furniture. On the one hand, a DIY kit is SO much cheaper than a pre-assembled piece of furniture and is often extremely portable which means it’s great for people who’re renting (and there’s a lot of us out there) a place to live. But on the other hand, unless you know exactly what you’re doing and have all the right tools at your disposal (and I mean ALL the right tools) you’re going to find yourself in quite the pickle. What you imagined would have been half an hour’s work in assembling a modest table might end up swallowing your entire weekend as you sit confused surrounded by parts you can’t tell where they belong.
So how do you pull yourself out this mess?
Tutorials are always life-savers
Thank god for YouTube tutorials and WikiHow pages! While the latter may not prove to be helpful to everyone (not everyone can follow textual instructions precisely, nor is the WikiHow library as expansive as that of YouTube), but when it comes to tutorials nothing can beat the comprehensiveness of a YouTube video that can show you exactly what you need to do to build your DIY furniture project in no time! What’s more is that since it’s a video, you can pause it at any point in time to take a closer look at how a particular step is carried out and assemble your furniture at your own pace.
That’s not to say YouTube videos will always help you out. After all, there is the issue of availability to consider. Not every single DIY project can be covered, and unless you picked out a very popular DIY kit that a lot of people have difficulty, your brand’s particular model of a DIY table might not have been covered by any Youtuber at all. And then there’s the issue of quality. Not every video made is equal, and while some truly superb tutorials could teach even a toddler how to build a full-blown wardrobe, there are just as many videos that aren’t comprehensive.
Maybe look at the instructions?
Thankfully, almost all DIY projects come with an instruction manual of some sort. An official, as-per-the-creator’s-instructions guide on how to successfully build the project without much of a hassle. You can find yours printed on the packaging (hopefully with a couple of guiding diagrams) or even a small booklet that would encompass everything you’d need to know. Even if your DIY product didn’t come with a manual or instructions printed on the packaging, there’s a very good chance you can find something similar by looking up the model number on the company’s official website. So, if you look hard enough, it’s almost impossible not to find something that could help you out.
These instructions account for almost everything, are (almost) always in a language you can understand, and only teach you how to use the stuff you have and don’t require you to have some part they didn’t already provide you with. The only problem? They’re not videos, meaning for those who can’t transition well from reading to doing it’s still going to be quite a challenge assembling the DIY project, even with a manual by their side.
Should you throw in the towel and call an expert?
At this point you may be considering just calling it quits and dumping the whole shindig on some other more qualified (and more enthusiastic) person, a furniture assembly service to be exact. You’re not hesitant to pay him, just as long he can get this project over with already. And you might just be making the right choice doing so. Think about it, instead of wasting more time on a project you’ve made zero progress on for the last 24 hours, and not for lack of trying mind you, you would be doing the productive thing by accepting this is one task out of your league.
And trying to force pieces of furniture together without properly understanding how they fit together properly might result in you breaking them altogether, and even potentially making the end product unuseable. DIY furniture may be inexpensive, but that doesn’t mean you can be wasteful with it.
But expert help doesn’t always come cheap and you might be looking at a pretty hefty bill if you do go down this route. You know what they say, “if you’re good at something, don’t do it for free.” The service in all probability won’t be ridiculously expensive, but don’t expect it to be dirt cheap either.
What to do IF you do call an expert
So, you’ve decided to give up after all. That’s ok, all you have to do now is to make sure the person you hire is no amateur and worth every penny he charges. Your end goal here is to get your DIY project built to perfection, and for that, you need someone who knows exactly what they’re doing.
Now, you obviously can’t know that for sure before he builds your furniture, but a service’s track record speaks volumes. As long as you’ve got someone with proper credentials, great reviews and enough experience on your case, you should be just fine.