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Creative Furniture Assembly Made Easy

Some assembly required.

These three little words can evoke all kinds of anxiety for even the most seasoned DIYer. Just imagine all the little plastic bags of hardware, the multi-purpose tools, the stack of parts and pieces, and the book of instructions where every page seems to be written in a foreign language. The prospect of trying to make it into something that resembles anything close of a piece of furniture can be daunting, so why would anyone want to do it a second time?

Furniture can be expensive, so if you're in the mood to change up the look of a room without spending a fortune, a little creative furniture assembly or re-assembly just might be your best option.


One way to freshen up the look of old furniture is to give it a makeover. A few simple changes can make you fall in love with the piece all over again. While these changes may not be exactly what you think of as a furniture assembly meaning, but anything that requires tools to complete the job will fit the definition.

  • Change out hardware. Replace drawer pulls or knobs with more modern finishes and styles. Stainless steel and nickel finishes are trending now as are simple round pulls and straight handles. Match your lighting and kitchen cabinetry for a new, updated look. Tip: Make sure to measure the existing hole pattern as sizes change over the years.
  •  Remove outdated features. The skirt along the bottom of your sofa may have been all the rage when your parents bought it new, but it won't fit your new decor. No need to replace or reupholster, just remove the outdated skirt to expose the beautiful legs underneath. Most skirts are held on with tacks. Use a tack puller and pliers to remove them and add a decorative trim along the bottom edge of the fabric.
  •  Add new legs. End tables and coffee tables are making a comeback but replacing heavy, wood legs with lighter, hairpin legs will give your furniture a contemporary feel.
  • Remove or shorten the legs. You probably never thought about how changing the height of a couch or table by removing or shortening the legs can renew the entire piece. A small dining table can transform into a coffee table, a sideboard will make a great vanity, and a check of drawers can bring new life as a media unit just by removing or lowering the legs.
  • Color change. A paint brush and a little creativity can turn a worn out dresser, bookshelf, or table into a brilliant masterpiece. Most any surface can be painted with a little sanding and priming. There are plenty of ideas online and anything goes. Paint cabinet door fronts one color and the rest of the piece a coordinating shade. Paint that old wicker patio set white and add some colorful cushions. The possibilities are endless.


Furniture assembly service costs can be expensive so if you're a little handy and want to try to reconfigure your old furniture, you might be surprised at how much you can save for a new look.

  • Add some casters. Why don't more people think of doing this? Casters are the perfect invention for adding some height to a low table or helping move heavy furniture easily. Tired of your kitchen chairs scraping along the floor, just screw some casters on and roll around the room.
  • Take the arms off. Are the arms on your sofa broken down or sagging? Flip it over, pull out your handy screwdriver and remove those pesky arms once and for all. You'll have a brand-new, modern sofa without spending a cent.
  •  Reconfigure your futon. The great staple for every dorm room, futons can be disassembled, the panels modified and rearranged into a new look. Remove one arm and move it to the back. Recover with slipcovers or heavy-duty, hand-stamped canvas for a unique couch for your grown-up apartment.
  •  Replace the legs. You're not stuck with the same old sofa or chair legs. Replacements are available in a variety of designs and styles. Turn your sofa on its side, unscrew the legs. Make sure to measure the length and width of the original hanger bolt and match the size with the new ones. Transitional designs look great with thick, wooden legs, shiny metal ones are perfect for a contemporary look, and search for a turned style for a traditional sofa.


There's been a lot of talk about repurposing old items and making them into furniture. You'll be amazed at how a little imagination and assembly work can turn discarded junk into a brand new piece of furniture.

Shutters and doors can be used as a headboard for your bed by attaching it to the bed frame with screws. Add a little paint and hand appliqué for a one-of-a-kind place of slumber.

Fasten window panels to the base for a beautiful table or slip some photos behind the glass and hang it on the wall for a beautiful wall hanging.

Have you got an old twin bed just taking up space in the basement? Repurpose it into a stylish daybed. Push it against the wall, add a coverlet made from heavy linen or a vibrant patterned blanket, stack up a collection of pillows and voila, a new place for guests to lounge.

Need Furniture Assembly? A Puls Professional Handyman Can Help.

If you're in over your head or just need some expertise to take care of your furniture assembly, let Puls do the job for you. Our handyman services use professional technicians who are ready with the skills and the tools to put together even the most complicated furniture. The best part? He'll do it on your timetable.

Your satisfaction is our top priority. We offer low, affordable rates and clear estimates so you know exactly how much you'll be spending with no surprises. Schedule a convenient, online appointment at a time that works for you. Puls often provides same-day service so you can start enjoying your furniture by tonight.

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Debbie D.
Debbie D.
Debbie Dey is a professional writer with over three decades of experience in residential construction. Her background gives her a wealth of knowledge about all kinds of home improvement projects, which she enjoys sharing through her writing. She has been a Puls staff writer since 2018. In her free time, you can find her relaxing by the water or cruising with her husband in their sports car.

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