10 Easy-to-Assemble Furniture Pieces You Can Put Together Yourself — No Handyman Required

published Aug 25, 2023
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Eclectic living room filled with art prints and a large rust colored sectional. White resin dining table sits adjacent to sofa.

Shopping for furniture can be stressful, and not just because you’re committing to a big-ticket item that’s going to be in your home for the foreseeable future. It’s also nerve-racking because you have to think about logistics — namely, assembly. If you’re like me, whenever you browse the internet for sofas, side tables, or chairs, you always look for a PDF of the assembly instructions. Personally, as soon as I see an image of a screw, let alone the mere mention of a power drill, I close the tab. Thirty-two steps? I don’t think so. In addition to not being super skillful with my hands, I also live alone in a new city and don’t have family whom I can ask to come over to help, nor do I want to enlist the paid help of a stranger.

So what’s an inept (and, frankly, lazy) girl to do? Well, you’ll be happy to learn that when it comes to furniture, there are lots of easy-assembly options out there that are also functional and stylish. To give you some inspo, we rounded up 10 of our faves below. Some of these even come fully assembled! In short, these picks will elevate your space the moment they arrive, with little to no effort required on your part.

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Modular sofas are some of the easiest, most low-maintenance furnishings out there. Castlery has some solid options, including the Jonathan sofa. It lies low to the ground and offers maximum comfort thanks to its dense foam cushions and wide armrests, making it the perfect seat for movie marathons or just a good, long lounge. Most importantly, you just have to put its modules together, and it's ready to go. Plus, you can always add more modules if you require additional seating.

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was $199.00

Burrow is also known for its modular sofas, but you'd be remiss not to check out their other minimal-assembly offerings. The Index stool, for example, has just seven parts, and you can attach each leg to the seat in a matter of seconds, with no tools required. You can use the stool as a seat, side table, plant stand, or whatever you need. And when you grab a few, you can stack them on top of one another for fuss-free storage.

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Thuma is an editor-favorite brand; managing commerce editor Tamara owns and loves their bed, which you can assemble and disassemble in a flash should you ever need to move it. But Thuma also makes pieces like this upcycled wood dresser. It's available in eight configurations, and its drawers arrive fully put together. All you need to do is stack them, and your dresser is ready for use!

4 / 10
was $729.00

During our search, we came across this natural wood bed frame, which is actually very similar in design to the Thuma bed. This is a more budget-friendly option, however, and it comes in two pretty wooden finishes. The bed's four sides snap together in a pinch, and there's no metal hardware to be found. If you live in a city where the rental market is as crazy as it is in New York, this frame will undoubtedly come in handy.

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was $329.00

It might look like these mid-century modern nightstands require a lot of drilling, but that couldn't be further from the truth. On a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of how easy they are to assemble (five being easy), Amazon shoppers rated them an average of 4.4 stars. According to reviews, all you have to do is screw in the legs and door pulls, and you'll have two chic nightstands adorning your space.

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Edloe Finch
was $679.00

Almost more of an art piece than a functional object, the Adalyn lounge chair sports a rustic wooden frame with sharp angles. It's Danish design at its finest, proving once again that simpler is oftentimes better. Don't think you have to sit rigidly in this chair, though; comfy cushions provide plenty of support. Plus, reviewers say it arrives fully assembled.

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was $101.99

Bookcases are some of the most annoying things to put together, so spare yourself the headache and pick up a folding set of shelves. We love this one from Wayfair, which is available in this stunning gold-toned design. There are six sizes to choose from, and you can place the case in any room that requires some additional storage space.

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Another Burrow pick, the Serif dining table is not only expandable but it, too, can be assembled without nuts and bolts. The table is also a great choice for households with kids, as its protective coat prevents scratches and damage from spills and hot dishes. Whether you need to seat just four people or a party of eight, the Serif has you covered.

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was $129.99

If you work from home, you'll appreciate this folding desk for multiple reasons. Obviously, there's nothing to build because it arrives flat — you just have to pop it open in order to use it. But also, when 5:00 hits, you can close the desk back up and have your bedroom back. What can we say? The desk will give you peace of mind in more ways than one.

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Technically, these folding chairs were made for outdoor spaces, but they're stylish enough to go anywhere. They come in four wooden finishes, but no matter which color you opt for, you're always going to get that eye-catching rattan paneling that makes these pieces so special. The chairs arrive fully assembled, and you can also collapse them and stow them away in a closet if you want to free up floor space.