Advantages & Disadvantages Of Flat Pack Furniture

Advantages & Disadvantages Of Flat Pack Furniture

November 28, 2017

Flat pack furniture has been growing in popularity since the 1950s. And with the rise of online shopping and factory direct shipping, manufacturers are continually coming up with new designs that offer convenience and affordability. At the same time, there are some drawbacks. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the key advantages of flat pack furniture and disadvantages to keep in mind when ordering.

General Advantages & Disadvantages Of Flat Pack Furniture

To start, let’s take a look at why flat pack furniture has become so popular. For one, it’s developed to meet a changing market. Home ownership has declined in recent years, which means more of us are renting and, consequentially, moving more frequently. Plus, with the rise of the global economy, some are moving greater distances, either stateside or abroad—and that requires some serious flexibility when it comes to furniture!

As a result, consumers are constantly looking for more affordable options. Flat pack furniture is much lower in cost, but this sometimes comes at a price: materials may be cheap, lacking durability, comfort, or style.

  • The Swift solution? With Swift Furniture, we’ve found the ideal balance between affordable materials and durability. Our furniture is proudly made in America with premium materials that exceed the quality of many other flat pack furniture brands. We want you to experience all of the advantages with none of the disadvantages!

Pre-Assembly Pros & Cons

One of the major advantages of flat pack furniture is the flat packing technique, which makes it easier for manufacturers and stores to stack on shelves—and easier for consumers to bring into their homes. Beyond that, there are other advantages and disadvantages when it comes to the pre-assembly features of this kind of furniture.

  • Pro: All pieces are cut with precision, upholstered, and pre-drilled. Most pieces are prepared for an easy assembly process and packaged neatly in a box. Some flat pack furniture is also ideal for disassembly and reassembly.
  • Con: Because there are so many pieces, there’s a higher potential for something to be damaged or missing. Sometimes it’s too easy to misplace a key part in the process of unpacking.
  • The Swift Solution? When you order furniture from Swift, your order comes with free-shipping straight from our factory. We take special care to ensure it arrives safe and sound, and we go the extra mile by backing all of our furniture products with a warranty.

Assembly Pros & Cons

Let’s start with the obvious on this one: with flat pack furniture, you’ll need to assemble it yourself. In some cases, one of the disadvantages of flat pack furniture is that the assembly process can be a total headache and instructions can be unclear or even misleading. Sometimes you might need tools you don’t have.

However, many manufacturers like Swift go to great lengths to ensure a simple assembly. Some will even provide the appropriate tools, whether it’s a small Phillips head screwdriver or a couple of Allen wrenches.

  • The Swift Solution? At Swift, we take our name seriously. We want your assembly process to be quick and painless. There are just a few simple steps to enjoy your new pieces. And we’ve even taken it a step further—you won’t need a single tool to assemble our furniture!

Other Factors To Consider

While there are various other advantages and disadvantages of flat pack furniture, two main questions remain:

  • Should flat pack furniture be bought online or in-store? You can find this kind of furniture just about anywhere these days, from supermarkets like Walmart to furniture outlets like Ikea. But there are also an increasing number of online options that offer factory direct shipping. Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. A store allows you to see and feel a piece of furniture, while online shopping can save you valuable time, energy and money.
  • Does flat pack furniture offer enough variety? While there are more options than ever before, some might complain that flat pack furniture is too “cookie cutter,” mass produced, far from distinct. But you may be surprised at the variety you can find, even from a single manufacturer!
  • The Swift solution? By now, it should be obvious…

The Pros Outweigh The Cons With Swift Flat Pack Furniture!

For stylish, contemporary flat pack furniture, Swift offers solutions for any living space. With a great variety of sofas, loveseats, chairs and ottomans, our products are easy to assemble and require no tools. All of our furniture is made from quality materials right here in the U.S.A., provided with free shipping and backed by a warranty.

See? You’re already at an advantage! Shop Swift Furniture today!

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