If you’ve ever wanted to cry with frustration as you’ve tried to put together a Billy Bookcase or even threatened divorce over the construction of a wardrobe, a new quick and easy flat pack furniture range from Next Home might be just up your street.
Last week I attended a press breakfast with Next Home to learn all about their new Next to no Time range, combining design-led furniture with an easy build system. With fewer parts, simpler instructions and pre-fixed fittings, Next has made the start on the assembly bit for you. Despite being very distracted by the beautifully presented food and drink, we were all given a demonstration on just how quick and easy the new range is. One of the Next team put together a bedside table while up against the clock and finished in an impressive 7 minutes. And more importantly, unlike some flimsy flat-pack ranges, the Next to no Time range looks and feels really solid too. If you’re already a fan of Next’s classic ranges you’ll be glad to know that some of these are now Next to no Time products too, while the design team at Next has also introduced some on trend and seasonal collections, proving flat pack doesn’t have to compromise on style. For example, I love this Logan sideboard below; it’s the perfect mix of modern/vintage and a versatile pice that could work in any room. I was also really taken with the light, bright yet solid practicality of this Shafestbury larder (available in cream or sage) which is really pretty yet practical piece of free-standing furniture that would work beautifully in an open-plan kitchen diner space. Likewise, the dresser below lends itself to lounge, kitchen and bedroom.So, here’s the nitty-gritty. According to Next Home, average build times for the range are 15 minutes for smaller items and 30 minutes for larger items. Build times are for two people (you’re still going to need the other half or a willing helper) and do nor include removal of packaging or securing cabinets to wall. If you still don’t fancy doing it yourself, Next offers an assembly service which costs £20 per furniture item, which is not half bad either.