Many customers or potential customers are afraid of how much work will be required to assemble their wooden furniture once purchased. Hopefully this article will help clarify some of the questions that naturally arise.
While assembly instructions vary between wood furniture manufacturers, there are also many similarities. Below is an overview that should give you a better idea of what’s involved:
Chest of drawers, chests, bedside tables and wardrobes
Most rustic-wrapped goods, such as dressers, chests, nightstands, and wardrobes, require very little assembly. As a general rule we remove drawer doors and handles to avoid damage during transport, as they tend to protrude and be at risk.
There are holes in the drawer fronts or doors and screws are included, so for these items it’s simply a matter of placing the wooden furniture handle over the holes, insert the screws through the door or drawer into the hole and tighten the what’s this. .
Amish low log beds
Most Amish makers like to assemble headboards on wooden beds. Sometimes we ask them to leave the four corner legs for easier shipping, as the beds can be a bit massive and making them smaller helps save on shipping costs.
All Amish furniture makers I know use Gorilla Glue, which is an incredibly strong glue. Once the headboard is glued, you may even forget to try to take it apart. I know people who tried to take them apart and broke a piece of the bed instead.
So, as a general rule, Amish headboards and footboards are supplied fully assembled. At a minimum, the portion of the staircase that crosses the two uprights is already assembled and glued. If the uprights are not fixed, it is necessary to connect the two horizontal ladder portions of the bed (headboard and footboard) in the four corner posts.
Amish beds are generally 100% wood.
This means that the mattress and box springs are supported by a wooden frame. As a general rule, two logs run along the side of each bed, at the base of the box spring. These registers are inserted into the headboard and footboard at each end. The bottom of these two trunks has holes for three “crossed trunks” that cross and support the bed. The central cross trunk, on most Amish beds, has a small piece of trunk that drops to the ground to offer a greater degree of support.
So that’s it. If you’ve never seen an Amish bed frame before, you may have to look at those logs for a minute to figure it out. But once you get it, it’s really pretty simple. You will need a screwdriver, as you will want to insert a few 2½-inch wood screws near where the log ends, or “mandrels” as they are called, insert them into their designated holes.
This protects the entire frame and, together with the heavy dollop of Guerilla glue already administered by the Amish, makes it even more durable. A rubber mallet is also very useful at times, for knocking a stubborn piece of wood into place. But you can use an ordinary hammer, if you protect the wood by putting a book or something in between.
Wooden beds with low uprights and metal structures
Assembling low-post wooden beds with metal frame is even easier. Generally the stair portions are pre-assembled, so all you have to do is insert the “mandrels” into the four corner posts and insert the supplied wood screws to secure them. Most of our metal frame beds have traction bolts pre-installed on the headboard and footboard trunks. Simply take the metal frame and hook it onto the biting bolts on each, then fasten the nuts to secure the bed.
Metal frame wooden beds are very sturdy and probably a little easier to assemble than 100% wooden beds. They also take up a little less space laterally, as they don’t have trunk side rails on the side. You can get decorative log side rails to attach to the metal bed frame, if having a showing bed frame bothers you. You can also cover the metal bed frame with a skirt, and it still won’t show when the bed is made.
Assembly of four-poster wooden beds
Assembling a canopy log bed is a little more challenging than the others, simply due to the height and size of the logs. This is definitely a two-person job – I know a few rather mechanical-minded men who have tried to make one themselves and have really enjoyed it. No matter how practical you are, you need someone to keep one post while you’re working on another! Aside from that, it’s really not too difficult.
There are simply logs to connect at both the top and bottom, and it actually wouldn’t hurt to have a couple of people to help you hold the parts while you fasten the screws.
If I can do it …
I’m not known for being mechanical or handy, but I put together a low-column log bed with a metal frame in less than half an hour with the help of my 11-year-old son. So, if you’re mechanically challenged, it’s really not that bad.
But if a log bed is what you’ve always hoped for but are really overwhelmed by the thought of putting it together, why not bake some chocolate chip cookies for one of your screwdriver-wielding friends and let them help you out. In my humble opinion, however, putting together a log bed isn’t as difficult as some other assembly projects I’ve gone through. So take out your screwdriver and do it!