Ready-to-assemble furniture (RTA), also known as knock-down furniture or flat pack furniture, is a form of furniture that is purchased in multiple pieces and requires assembly.
This form of furniture generally arrives in a box and contains instructions for the buyer to follow in order to assemble it after purchase.
Ready-to-assemble furniture is popular among consumers that wish to save money on their furniture purchases by assembling the product on their own and no need for delivery cost. In addition to saving the consumer money, flat pack furniture is generally simple to assemble and requires only the use of simple tools.
Merchants benefit from selling ready-to-assemble furniture because furniture that is already assembled tends to be bulky and more expensive to store and to deliver. Since the furniture does not need to be assembled in the factory, ready-to-assemble furniture is also less expensive for the merchant to purchase. Due to these many factors, selling flat pack furniture is a more cost effective method of conducting business.
Ready-to-assemble furniture is typically packaged in a kit form with the pieces packaged in one or multiple boxes. The kit may contain a number of flat parts, fasteners, screws, fixings, and other parts that are needed to assemble the furniture.
A furniture assembly industry has grown up around ready-to-assemble furniture and consumers can engage a service provider to come to their home and assemble the furniture they have purchased.
Generally RTA products can be purchased from most popular big box retailers such as IKEA, Office Max, Staples, Walmart, Target, Big Lots etc. There are now several online companies that specialize in top quality, solid wood RTA products from office furniture to complete kitchen cabinets that can be custom designed by yourself. Have FUN with it, WE DO! Find out more on how you can save a ton of money on your next kitchen or bathroom project HERE!