Are We A Flat Pack Generation?

Are We A Flat Pack Generation?

When it comes to home furnishing hands up if your first port of call is IKEA? I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone whose hand goes flying to the ceiling. What is not to like, contemporary yet affordable furniture. You pay the price for this in terms of self assembly but for many this is a price worth paying. IKEA isn’t the only furniture store to be selling flat packed furniture. Many more have jumped on the bandwagon in offering flat pack furniture.

I read an interesting article by Juliette Greenans recently that seemed to suggest IKEA in particular is preferred by the young. That the 20 – 35 year olds are practically living in an IKEA showroom, apparently. It make’s sense I guess, buying houses is expensive enough let alone filling them.

Not that there is anything wrong with IKEA or indeed the trusty flatpack furniture, we have our fair share of it in our household and I am sure we will have more to come. However, perhaps as according to Juliette it is due the years passing, but I can’t help but feel that my horizons need to be broaden, or at least the furniture within our four walls needs diversifying.

I look back to Grandparent’s house and my parents house and whilst they do home some interesting 70s pieces that remain pride of place in 2017 they are also the owners of some beautiful timeless pieces of furniture that did not come flat packed.

With that in mind our interiors are undergoing a lot of renovation in the coming months, years, and I would like to invest in some quality, timeless pieces that stand the test of time. I am talking the sort of pieces that we treasure, we may even pass on to our children when they need their own furniture. Not only because they are timeless but because their quality outlives the years too.

One thing I have always wanted is a dressing table. A place I can sit, do my hair and make up with everything at arms reach. Admittedly my chances of sitting there for any great length of time are limited at the moment but I live in hope my time will come again. I have my eye on this beautiful Oslo Scandinavian Oak Dressing Table from Oak Furniture Company. It would look beautiful against brilliant white walls and teamed up with matching bed, side tables and draws.

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The chest of draws and bed side tables come assembled, the dresser simply requires the legs to be screwed on and the bed needs the side panels attaching to the header and footer, even Mr Tammy could do that. I love their contemporary and timeless design, their weight and chunky style. I can pack the draws without fear of the bottom falling out, I can move them from room to room, change the style of my room I could even move house and they would still have a place.

What about you? Are you part of the flat pack generation or are you on team pre assembled? Do you have any timeless pieces that were given to you or you could pass on when it’s needed? I’d love to hear from you.

Are we a flat pack generation? Are you living in an Ikea show room, is fast pack your go to furniture? There are other, contemporary yet timeless furniture options to fill your home.


  1. June 20, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Do you know that I have never been to IKEA, mainly because we don’t have a store near, the thing that comes to mind when I hear the words flat pack is my husband loosing his temper and my son asking can we go to visit nanny please!

  2. jodie filogomo
    June 22, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    How funny, because we are much older than that age group, yet we just bought our dining table & bedframe from IKEA. And I hear the argument that you want quality that you can pass down to the next generation, but what if the next generation doesn’t want it?? It’s kinda like the wedding dresses. Most women want their own, not their mother’s old one??
    Great article!!

  3. June 22, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    We are an IKEA family to the core (but then hubby and I sit slap-bang in the middle of the age bracket you’ve listed here!) I think it would be nice to have to classic, made-to-last furniture, but at the moment, we just can’t afford it. Plus if one of the kids happens to spill a gallon of juice over some flatpack furniture, I don’t mind. A proper statement oak piece, however, might be a different story…! #ablogginggoodtime

  4. June 28, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    haha i only went to ikea on monday – bought way too much. yup we’re a flatpack family
    thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime