Buying ready-to-assemble business furniture is a great way to save some money, provided you don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease to assemble the furniture yourself. If you like the cost-effective price tag of RTA but aren’t exactly eager for the assembly process, take these tips into consideration before you start putting your new furniture together.

furniture assembly tips

Keep your tools handy. Most RTA furniture will include any special tools that are needed for assembly, but it’s good to keep certain tools handy if you’re planning on putting together multiple pieces of furniture at a time. Every office should have these tools:


Allen wrenches/hex wrenches in various sizes

Screwdrivers in various sizes



If your RTA furniture came with an Allen wrench, save it. RTA furniture tends to settle over time, so you may need to retighten those bolts every so often, especially if the item is being used on a daily basis. We recommend taping the wrench underneath a chair or desk or keeping it in a nearby drawer so that it doesn’t get lost. DO NOT use power tools of any sort when assembling RTA furniture. Using too much force is likely to damage the material.


Tip: Tighten chair screws every 6 months


Read the instructions carefully. Before you start to assemble anything, read all of the instructions all the way through to make sure you have all of the parts and tools you’ll need. Once you’ve taken inventory, follow the instructions in the exact order they are given. Do not complete step 2 before step 1, whether you think you can get away with it or not. RTA furniture is very difficult to take apart once it’s been put together, so it is essential to get assembly right the first time to avoid damaging the product.

furniture assembly tips

Tighten bolts at the same time. If you tighten each bolt as you go, it can pull the piece in different directions and make it difficult to insert the remaining bolts. Instead, put all of the bolts in loosely first, then tighten them once they’re all in place.


Call NBF for replacement parts. If a part of your furniture is missing or needs to be replaced, call NBF at (800) 558-1010. Though you may be tempted to call the manufacturer, you will only receive the NBF Lifetime Guarantee if you call us for your replacement pieces.


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