Assemble RTA Furniture? There's An App for That, Too

By Bill Esler | Posted: 01/16/2013 10:15PM


Bill Esler   How much for assembling ready-to-assemble furniture for a lazy customer?

Now there's an app to tell how much should you charge: Handybook.

The service is intended mostly for residential and office cleaning services, but also includes handyman services like IKEA furniture assembly, tiling, and hanging pictures and shelves.

Founded in Boston in 2012 by Harvard Business School students Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua, Handybook is so far only available in the New York City and Boston.

You sign up to be part of the roster by filling out a form, and going in for an interview. If you credentials check out, your bookable.

click image to zoomHandybook, ready-to-assemble, IKEA, furniture appSay a customer asks you to hang a cabinet you've built, and while you're at it, assemble some ready-to-assemble furniture they bought at IKEA. If you do it, the going rate is $39 an hour. I used it in my own zipcode, 60622, to find out what the rate was to assemble an IKEA bed and a table. The app calculated it wolud take four hours, and the going rate was $39 per hour.

Setting aside the worthiness of assembling furniture kits as a career, or whether your day job has room for that occupation - it's helpful to know the market rate for your labor.

That $39 an hour equates to $78,000 annually before taxes and benefits are subtracted. How does that compare to your net?

Another takeaway: if you've got some laborers or installers with time to kill between jobs, consider contracting them out to earn your business a little money on the side. After all, now there's an app for that.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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Drew's Cabinets    
Selma, NC  |  February, 11, 2013 at 06:13 AM

Just went to look for that app on my phone and no dice. Since I am on Thumbtack I do get requests for assembly of Ikea stuff it would be great if this went nationally available....


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