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If you've ever assembled flat-pack furniture, you'll know it can be more time consuming and difficult than, frankly, it should be. Not so with FoldSmart's flat-packs. The British firm says assembly is tool-free and the task can be completed in under 5 minutes.
FoldSmart isn't the first firm to try and streamline the flat-pack build process. Greycork, which we featured last month, says its pieces can be assembled in as little as four minutes. Whereas Greycork furniture is held together using thumb nuts, however, FoldSmart furniture requires no nuts or bolts.
FoldSmart is a small startup that was only founded this year. It offers furniture for the bedroom, including wardrobes, beds and storage, with furniture for the living room and office said to be coming soon.
The main sections of the furniture are supplied already joined together and need simply to be unfolded into shape. Additional sections are then slotted into place along runners or upon rests. In addition to forming the shelves or the rear of furniture, for example, these sections also help to give it rigidity.
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Online video guides are provided to show customers how to put together the flat-packs and FoldSmart says its furniture can also be easily disassembled and reassembled elsewhere if it needs to be moved. Customers can personalize their own FoldSmart pieces by choosing from hundreds of colors or can pick from a predesigned range.
But all that's a bit premature, as the Foldsmart furniture is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. At the time of writing, backers will need to pledge £89 (US$135) for a shelving unit, £159 for a double bed or £215 for a double wardrobe.
Assuming all goes to plan with the campaign and roll-out, shipping is expected to start from November.
The video below is the Kickstarter pitch for FoldSmart.