A flat pack with all the pieces!

Until earlier this year, Lesley had a rather lovely fake white Christmas tree. It ended up in a skip...               (Shutterstock)

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I’m not the biggest fan of flat pack furniture. In an ideal world any furniture I purchase will arrive at my house pre-assembled and the delivery driver will carry it to the exact spot where it will live for the foreseeable future.

Of course that would be far too easy and much more expensive. I just always seem to get the one in the batch that is missing the all-important screw that holds the whole thing together.

Don’t even get me started on the instructions that always leave me more confused than before I read them. Why don’t they ever make sense?

Well, it was time to upgrade four-year-old Alyssa from her toddler bed to a regular single bed.

As expected it arrived flat-packed and of course it fell on my shoulders to try to fit all the pieces together. Thankfully, on this occasion it was quite easy and nothing was missing.

We all know that a child’s bed is multi-purpose, for sleeping on and for jumping on like a bouncy castle, so I made sure every screw was fitted extra tight.