The average Brit will spend EIGHT DAYS building flat pack furniture over a lifetime.
Working our way through piles of flat pack desks, cabinets and bed frames will eat up over 195 hours of our lives.
As well as eight days of solid manual labour, we will also spend more than ten days of our lives browsing and shopping for the latest additions to our furniture collection.
Sixteen per cent find flat pack instructions more difficult to follow than a job application and 13 per cent would rather tackle a tax return.
James Cox, CEO of high-tech sleep brand, SIMBA, who commissioned the research to mark the launch of their new SIMBA Base, said: “Weekends are precious. In this day and age, building our own furniture should be simpler, smarter and faster, yet two thirds of Brits still find the process stressful.”
Thirty per cent agree that wardrobes are the most cumbersome pieces to put together, and 21 per cent have had difficulty fathoming the mechanisms of a flat pack chest-of-drawers.
Double-bed frames have given one in five homeowners bother, and take an average of 2 hours and 18 minutes to fit together.
Nearly two thirds of British couples have had an argument in the midst of a construction session, and 28 per cent think that doing DIY together weakens their relationship.
Fourteen per cent even went as far to say that building flat pack with their partner is the absolute worst thing they can imagine doing together, and is the cause of major rows.
In the event of a flat pack fail it’s Dad who is most likely to get a phone call. Twenty two per cent would enlist the help of their Dad on a difficult construction job, compared to just five per cent who would turn to Mum.
Those aged 18 to 24 are most confident in the structural integrity of what they build, while 25 to 34 year olds are most likely to pay for a handyman to put their furniture together for them.
James Cox, CEO of high-tech sleep brand, SIMBA continued: “For too long self-assembly furniture has been plagued with quality and build frustrations.
"The SIMBA Base is part of a new era of smartpack furniture design to solve the age-old problems of flatpack. Construction should be fast and intuitive and uncompromising on quality, and that’s exactly what our goal has been with the new base-in-a box system, which takes just three minutes to assemble.”
For more information go to: www.simbasleep.com/products/bed-base
Top 10 most annoying items of furniture to build
2. Chest of drawers
3. Double bed frame/base
6. Dining table
7. Single bed frame/base
8. Side table
10. Display cabinet
Top 10 things easier than reading flat pack instructions
1. Filling out work admin
2. Filling out a job application
3. Completing a tax return
4. Reading the works of Shakespeare
5. Reading gadget set-up instructions
6. Filling out insurance forms
7. Passing a job interview
8. Checking a housing/renting contract
9. Reading the works of Leo Tolstoy
10. Completing the Times crossword