Published at Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 - 01:09:10 AM. 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.
Although the quality of the types of cardboard furniture that is available to consumers today is much higher than it used to be, affordable furniture that is made of cheap materials has been around for decades. Ever since the middle of the 20th century, a growing number of people have begun moving around much more frequently than previous generations, and they quickly learned the benefits of traveling light. Whether it was to find a better life or simply to explore the world on their own, people rarely stay put for very long these days when they leave their parents nest, and cardboard furniture has made it possible for these individuals to afford decent furniture that can be transported from one place to another relatively easily.