I Set Up My New Apartment in Less Than a Day With These 7 Easy-to-Assemble Furniture Pieces
Moving is never an easy task. When I decided to switch apartments last month, I knew I had to start preparing early. There were the cardboard boxes to buy, the winter coats to take out of storage and re-pack, the kitchen appliances to wrap up, and the moving company to hire. Even after I moved in, there was the new apartment to clean, the unpacking of nearly everything I had put neatly away into suitcases and boxes, and—the most frustrating part of all—the bulky furniture to disassemble and then reassemble. But instead of taking a whole week to set up my new apartment, I managed to get everything done in less than a day. Here's my secret.
When I moved into my previous place, it was my first "grown-up" apartment after college. I decided to properly decorate and furnish it instead of relying on mismatched organizers and cheap furniture from my dorm room days, but living alone meant that I would have to do all the heavy lifting on my own (literally and figuratively). So, armed with an Amazon Prime membership that gave me free two-day shipping on basically everything, I chose to find all my furniture on Amazon. In my previous experience, the retailer always delivered furniture in compact, easy-to-maneuver boxes, and since it offers free returns, I knew exchanging any pieces that didn't work out would be less of a hassle. More importantly, I carefully scoured reviews and selected all my furniture items based on how easy they would be to put together and take apart during future moves.
My strategy paid off. When I moved this July, it took me about 15 minutes each to disassemble every piece of my furniture, which included my 80-inch sofa, queen-sized bed frame, computer desk, ladder shelf, shoe rack, decorative bench, and two standing lamps. It took roughly the same amount of time to put everything back together, and by 8 p.m. that night, I had my new apartment all cleaned and set up.
Below, browse the seven easy-to-assemble (and -disassemble) furniture pieces that made the daunting task of switching apartments in the middle of summer almost a breeze—in fact, my movers even commented on how easy my move was. Shop them starting at just $21 on Amazon.