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DIY Classes for the 'flat pack' nation

Flat pack furniture. Three words that can strike fear into the heart of even the most hardened DIY-er, but now help is at hand as B&Q launches flat-pack DIY classes.
The 3-hour class has been designed for people with little or no previous experience and will show customers the steps they can take to ensure the journey to flat pack success is as smooth as possible and carried out in the least amount of time.

As well as discussing the planning and preparation involved in assembling flat pack furniture and kitchen units, students will also be given demonstrations and practical hands on experience on how to assemble everyday items including building and fitting a kitchen unit to the wall and constructing a bedside cabinet.

Jacqueline Caston from B&Q said: "Each of us at some point in our lives will have the task of putting together flat pack furniture, be it for the living room, the kitchen or the bedroom. But with people now doing less DIY than previous generations, just the thought of it can leave many feeling terrified. Our DIY class will demonstrate the simple steps everyone can take to confidently and successfully put together everyday flat pack furniture for around the home."

A recent survey by B&Q found that the single most common cause of problems when assembling flat pack furniture is a misinterpretation of the instructions.

The findings showed that only 69% of people read the instructions before starting a project, while almost a third of Brits will simply ignore them, jump into a task and hope for the best.

Of those that start a task without reading the instructions, 19% of women and 25% of men said even if they get stuck in the middle of the job, they still refuse to look at the instructions. This results in almost 10% of people being unable to finish the job they originally started.

59% of couples even went on to say that doing a DIY task together can cause disagreements, and 72% say it's because one of them wants to follow the instructions that come with a product while the other one doesn't.

DIY classes are available at B&Q You Can Do It centres at selected and can be booked by visiting

Source : Let's do

13 June 2011
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