Reinforce the joints when assembling flat-pack furniture. Flat-pack furniture is often flimsy, but you can easily strength it by adding 1x2s or 2x2s and glue to joints.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:February 2012
Flat-pack furniture is the type that comes in a flat box and requires assembly.
Some brands are better than others, but cheaper versions can get wobbly or fall
apart the first time you move them. That doesn’t always mean the furniture is a
total loss. With some 2x2s and 1x2s, screws and a bit of glue, you can reinforce
and save the piece to live another day. It’s the connections that generally fail
because the particleboard just isn’t as strong as real wood. Use any or all of these
tips to strengthen the connections and help your furniture last.
Reinforce flat-pack furniture during assembly or later with 1x2s, 2x2s, glue and screws.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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