Published at Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 - 21:21:10 PM. Furniture. By Colleen J Booker.
Furniture retailers often ship furniture RTA which in the industry is short for (ready to assemble). This means that the product is shipped unassembled in parts and that there is some assembly required by the person receiving the furniture before they can use it. The reason for this is not to make it difficult on the person buying the furniture but as a means of packaging it in such a way to prevent shipping damage and by packaging it smaller it can ship by a less expensive means which helps to keep the pricing lower for the furniture. Some furniture is shipped assembled in the box though and depending on the size of the piece of furniture purchased you may need assistance receiving it so double check with the retailer if you are unsure. I always liked the retailer joke that said they tried shipping people with the furniture to assemble it but they often got lost or never made it back so they dont ship people to assemble the furniture anymore. (Anyone need me shipped to Hawaii to assemble some beds?) A very good question. Fortunately most furniture arrives just fine when shipped and rare is it that problems happen. However there are times when perhaps a forklift accidentally runs through a box or an item is accidentally impacted and its best to be prepared for what to do when this happens. Since it doesnt happen often, customers are not always prepared for what to do if their furniture has suffered damage in shipping.
However, the most dramatic benefit of using cardboard furniture is how easy it is for a person or a family to move their cardboard tables and cardboard chairs from one home to the next. Until the modern era, furniture was simply not designed to be relocated because households rarely moved from their homes once they had settled in. In those days, a family did not make an investment in furniture until they had found a permanent home, and, once they furnished their house, the furniture typically stayed right in its place until the day the parents died. All of this changed over the course of the last century as modern production methods made it possible to design and manufacture more affordable furniture.