Published at Sunday, November 04th, 2018 - 10:40:15 AM. Home Design. By James Hopson.
Furniture retailers often ship furniture RTA which in the industry is short for (ready to assemble). This means that the product is shipped unassembled in parts and that there is some assembly required by the person receiving the furniture before they can use it. The reason for this is not to make it difficult on the person buying the furniture but as a means of packaging it in such a way to prevent shipping damage and by packaging it smaller it can ship by a less expensive means which helps to keep the pricing lower for the furniture. Some furniture is shipped assembled in the box though and depending on the size of the piece of furniture purchased you may need assistance receiving it so double check with the retailer if you are unsure. I always liked the retailer joke that said they tried shipping people with the furniture to assemble it but they often got lost or never made it back so they dont ship people to assemble the furniture anymore. (Anyone need me shipped to Hawaii to assemble some beds?) A very good question. Fortunately most furniture arrives just fine when shipped and rare is it that problems happen. However there are times when perhaps a forklift accidentally runs through a box or an item is accidentally impacted and its best to be prepared for what to do when this happens. Since it doesnt happen often, customers are not always prepared for what to do if their furniture has suffered damage in shipping.
Even if traditional furniture is not seriously damaged when a household relocates, it is often quite difficult to accomplish the task of moving a persons heavy furniture from one home to the next. Regardless of whether a person is moving their belongings on their own or has hired a moving company to help them with the task, traditional furniture poses one of the biggest burdens that a person has to deal with every time they move. For individuals who have a lifestyle that requires them to move around a lot, it only takes one or two major moves before they learn the benefit of packing light. With cardboard furniture like cardboard tables and cardboard furniture, it is remarkably easy to load up most of ones furniture into a truck, and this type of light weight furniture makes the burden of relocating considerably more affordable as well.
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