Frustrated householders admit to flat-pack furyOver 40-per-cent suffer DIY rage

21 November 2006

Flat pack furniture may be growing in popularity but many householders blow a fuse trying to put it together.

A new survey has found that more than 40 per cent of people who attempted to assemble flat-pack furniture lost their temper before they finished the job

The growth of furniture giants such as Ikea and MFI, together with the advent of the Internet, means that half the nation owns at least one item of furniture they have put together themselves.

But researchers from the University of Derby found that the experience of building it can make the blood boil.

Misread instructions

Their survey questioned nearly 1,300 people who had attempted to build anything from shelving units to coffee tables.

The results showed that 67 per cent admitted getting into difficulty, 33 per cent misread or misunderstood the instructions and 13 per cent managed to damage the item before they finished constructing it.

Eight-per cent of those questioned actually injured themselves in the process and some required medical attention following their attempt to assemble furniture.

Flat-pack injuries

Dr Miles Richardson of the University of Derby estimates that this equates to hundreds of people every year seeking medical help for injuries caused by flat-pack furniture.

‘Although there has been plenty of anecdotal evidence that people can find assembling self-assembly products difficult, the level of errors and accidents has been unknown until now.’

However, 49 per cent of the people questioned said they found it satisfying to finish the final product and 35 per cent claimed to have enjoyed the experience once it was over.