No Handyman? No Problem. 14 Pieces of Furniture That Don’t Require a Pro For Assembly
The arrival of a new year always offers the perfect excuse to redecorate—especially when you’re trying to rid yourself of the less-than-spectacular energy that 2020 left behind. But with the ongoing Covid pandemic, it’s easy to understand why you might be less than eager to invite strangers (even the most helpful ones) into your home. Yes, even if their role is to put together that beautiful new coffee table that will reorient your qi (and upgrade your nightly Netflix binge) for the months ahead. Luckily, we’ve found 14 modular furniture brands—and highlighted their easiest-to-put-together pieces—that definitely don’t require a pro for assembly. Now, if only everything in life was this simple…
1. Wayfair Twin Tufted Back Convertible Sofa
With over 7,000 reviews averaging more than four stars, this convertible sleeper sofa is one of Wayfair’s perennial best-sellers, and it’s not hard to understand why. With a mid-century design that’s both classic and modern, this comfortable statement piece instantly dresses up a living room or office and folds flat to a full-size bed (you know, for when overnight guests are a thing again). Plus, two-day shipping from Wayfair is free, and assembly is super straightforward—you’re really only responsible for putting the legs on, which is a quick process.
2. Overstock Mitera Round Nesting Coffee Table
We love the versatility of this nesting coffee table set from Overstock that requires minimal assembly. While they comfortably nest as a full-sized coffee table, these individual pieces can be separated to create significantly more surface area for your WFH environment. All tools for assembly are included, as are step-by-step instructions.
3. Feather Brilliant Coffee Table
If you’re looking for a temporary piece—or just want to test one out before taking the plunge on a big-ticket item—we love Feather for their high quality but affordable rental designs. This coffee table comes fully assembled, which means that there’s no finagling on your end, whatsoever. The abstract geometric base makes this a statement piece but the clean, white marble top that will fit with any existing decor. Delivery is contactless, and while the item is relatively heavy (it’s 58 pounds), once it’s in your home, it’s unlikely you’ll want to move it out.
4. Burrow Nomad Velvet Armchair
Burrow is probably one of the coolest modular furniture companies around—mostly because they marry form and function so well. Each component arrives in its own box so that you can easily transport your pieces (piece by piece) up the stairs of even the steepest walk-up. This velvet armchair is super easy to assemble, you can select from five different shades of velvet, and six different leg finishes to customize it to your taste. Plus, it has all the modern fixtures you’ve come to expect, including a built-in USB charger. Also included is a velvet brush, which will keep the material looking clean and new for years to come.
5. The Floyd Round Table
Floyd has come a long way since it first released its simple platform bed in 2015, but through it all has been an enduring favorite, The Round Table. This was one of my first big furniture purchases, and I’ve never looked back. Not only is it comically easy to put together (four steel legs are fastened with a total of 12 screws), but it’s also proven to be a simple but chic investment piece. My pink-top table has made it (scratch-free) through multiple moves and fits in with pretty much any design aesthetic.
6. Urban Outfitters Ema Low Credenza
You can easily dress up your living room with this minimalistic credenza. Made from natural mango wood, the unit works well as a low-profile storage unit or as a TV stand, and while some assembly is required, it’s quite straightforward. “It was easy to assemble, and most importantly came packaged very nicely, with no chance of arriving damaged, which is hard to come by when you buy online,” wrote one reviewer.
7. Okinawa Bi-Fold Wood Futon Frame with Drawers
Contemporary and inconspicuous, the Okinawa Bi-Fold from The Futon Shop can be used with full and queen size futon mattresses. Reviewers praise the design for being both sturdy and high-quality, two words not often associated with furniture you have to put together yourself. And while the airy silhouette might look minimal, but it does feature built-in drawers and additional storage.
8. Bernhardt Dubois Round Cocktail Table
Going to a speakeasy may not be in the cards during the present moment but you can design your living room to feel like one, starting with the Dubois Round Cocktail Table by Bernhardt. The raffia covering provides a beautiful foil to the metal ferrules that come in an antique satin gold finish and it can be placed in the middle of your living room or as an accent in your dining room. Plus, the product comes fully assembled, thanks to Macy’s White Glove Delivery service.
9. Castlery Adams Bed
With subtle gold accents and sleek upholstery, this bed might seem as though it would be a pain to assemble, but it doesn’t require any help from a pro. (Though some reviewers note that you’ll want two people to assemble it easily.) This sophisticated bed frame offers modern lines that are softened by your choice of velvet or fabric. And thanks to the solid wood slat support system, this bed will last for years—sans any squeaks—and is designed to stay in vogue through the generations.
10. Fenghua Glass Home Glass Nightstand
Draw attention to your book collection with this glass nightstand (or end table) from Amazon. Made from glass, it’s easy to clean with just a few spritzes of Windex and appropriate for both indoor and outdoor settings; not to mention, it can be placed horizontally and used as a coffee table. Plus, it comes fully assembled, so you can just open up the box and put it straight to use. No one will guess that you bought this expensive-looking S-shaped design from Amazon.
11. Lovesac 4 Seats + 4 Sides
Heralded as the world’s most adaptable couch brand, Lovesac offers furniture that’s easy to put together and even easier to rearrange on a whim. Whether you’re looking for a standard couch to lounge on or a long sectional (FYI, the brand refers to them as "Sactionals") to fit the whole family, Lovesac’s designs can accommodate any situation. Each seat of a Lovesac Sactional is built by hand with steel springs and Italian webbing, and the securing clamps are guaranteed for a lifetime. Plus, each of the removable covers are machine-washable, meaning these pieces are truly family-friendly.
12. Outer Four-Piece Outdoor Sofa
Now that we’ve all become acutely aware of how infinitely important outdoor seating can be, you’ll want to outfit your own al fresco space with comfortable, durable, and yes, easy-to-assemble pieces for year-round entertaining. Outer provides the single tool you’ll need to put their outdoor couches together; all you need to do is attach the legs to the bottom of each chair and rearrange to your heart’s content. Plus, each comes with a built-in cover, to keep your new purchase safe from the elements.
13. Inside Weather Latte Rectangle Dining Table
If ever there were a time to invest in a good table, this would be it. Given your new WFH normal, you’ll need to ensure that your work/live/eat surface is comfortable, durable, and big enough for all the aforementioned activities. Inside Weather offers pieces that are simple in theory, but infinitely customizable, so you can create the furniture of your dreams (quite literally). We love the glare- and scuff-free, and UV-resistant surface that of the Latte Rectangle that’s BPA-free and FDA approved. The website notes that assembly for this guy shouldn’t take more than five minutes and involves simply attaching the legs.
14. Thuma Platform Bed
You can literally elevate your bedroom with the Platform bed from Thuma. The cushion-coated slats make for an extra-comfortable sleeping experience, and we love the Japanese joinery that keeps each piece of this bed secure in style. Best of all, this bed assembles and disassembles in five minutes, making it ideal for the nomad with killer taste.