Many potential customers or clients fear how much work it will be to assemble their log furniture once purchased. We hope this article helps clarify some of the questions that arise naturally.

While assembly instructions vary between wood furniture manufacturers, there are also many similarities. Below is an overview that should give you a better idea of ​​what is involved:

Chests of drawers, dressers, bedside tables and cabinets

Most rustic boxed items – like dressers, dressers, nightstands, and cabinets – require very little assembly. As a general rule, we remove doors and drawer handles to avoid damage during shipping as they tend to protrude and be at risk.

There are holes in the drawer fronts or doors, and screws are included, so for these items it is simply a matter of placing the wooden furniture handle over the holes, inserting the screws through the door or drawer into the hole and squeeze things. .

Amish low post log beds

Most Amish manufacturers like to mount the headboards on the log beds themselves. Sometimes we ask them to leave the four corner legs for easier shipping as beds can be somewhat massive and making them smaller helps save on shipping cost.

All the Amish furniture makers I know use Gorilla Glue, which is an incredibly strong glue. Once the headboard is glued, you better forget to try taking it apart. I know people who have tried to take them apart and instead broke a piece of the bed.

So as a general rule of thumb, Amish headboards and footboards come fully assembled. At a minimum, the part of the ladder that goes through the two posts is already assembled and glued. If the posts are not attached, you must plug the two parts of the horizontal bed ladder (headboard and footboard) into the four corner posts.

Amish beds are generally 100% wood.

That means that the mattress and box springs are supported by a wooden frame. As a general rule, two logs run down the side of each bed, at the base of the box springs. These logs plug into the headboard and footboard at each end. The bottom of these two logs has holes drilled for three “cross logs” that run through and support the bed. The middle cross log, in most Amish beds, has a small piece of log that descends to the ground to provide a greater degree of support.

So there you have it. If you’ve never seen an Amish bed frame before, you may have to look at those records for a minute to find out. But once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty straightforward. You will need a screwdriver, as you will want to drive some 2 ½ inch wood screws close to where the log ends, or “mandrels” as they are called, plugging them into their designated holes.

This secures the entire frame and, along with the large amount of Guerilla glue the Amish already administered, makes it even stronger. A rubber mallet is also very useful at times to put a piece of wood in place. But you can use a normal hammer, if you protect the wood by placing a book or something in the middle.

Low Post Log Beds with Metal Frames

Assembling low post log beds with metal frames is even easier. Usually the parts of the ladder come pre-assembled, so all you have to do is plug the “mandrels” into the four corner posts and insert the wood screws provided to secure them. Most of our metal frame beds have pre-installed lag screws in the headboard and footboard logs. Just take the metal frame and hook it over the lag bolts on each one, then tighten the nuts to secure the bed.

Metal-framed log beds are very sturdy and probably a bit easier to assemble than 100% log beds. They also take up a bit less space to the sides as they don’t have the log side rails on the side. You can get decorative log side rails to fasten over the metal bed frame, if having a visible bed frame bothers you. You can also cover the metal bed frame with a skirt, and it won’t show when the bed is made anyway.

Assembling log beds with canopy

Riding a canopied log bed is a bit more challenging than the others, simply because of the height and size of the logs. This is definitely a two person job – I know some pretty mechanical minded guys who tried to make one for themselves and really had a pretty good time. No matter how skilled you are, you need someone to fill one position while you work another! Other than that, it really isn’t too difficult.

There are simply logs to plug into both the top and the bottom and in fact it wouldn’t hurt to have a couple of people to help hold the pieces while you tighten the screws.

Yes I can do it …

I’m not known for being mechanic or handy, but I put together a low post log bed with a metal frame in less than ½ hour with the help of my 11 year old son. So if you have mechanical issues, it really isn’t that bad.

But if what you’ve always hoped for is a log bed, but are really overwhelmed by the idea of ​​putting it together, why not make some chocolate chip cookies for one of your screwdriver-wielding friends and let them give you a hand. However, in my humble opinion, putting together a log bed is not as difficult as other assembly projects that I have tackled. So get out your screwdriver and get to work!

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