from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Used attributively of self-assembly furniture
  • noun electronics A surface-mounted circuit board with leads attached in the plane of the board


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word flatpack.


  • By the exploded diagram, it looks as though this could possibly be shipped in flatpack-ish form to dealers who have an assembly facility on-site.

    THE ALGAE-FILLED HUMMER O2 | Inhabitat 2006

  • Where Wallander gave us a noir vision of modern Sweden – brutal murders, long dark nights, and a distinct lack of flatpack furniture – this is a slightly lighter proposition.

    Zen and the art of Sunday night television scheduling 2011

  • It's like getting the instructions to a piece of flatpack furniture only to find that everything after the third instruction is missing.

    Archive 2009-08-01 Norfolk Blogger 2009

  • On the menu you will find various useful phrases translated into Swedish, including "I hate flatpack furniture" and – either a typo or very subtle satire, this – "Sven bought out the best in English football".

    Top 10 best budget restaurants in Cheltenham and Gloucester 2012

  • And I'd like to see that mob actually have a go at assembling an Ikea flatpack.

    The Hard Sell: Ikea James Donaghy 2010

  • The chair, which requires assembly of four flatpack plywood strips, is available at A+R, in Venice, Calif., for $285.

    Take This Design, and Sit on It J.S. Marcus 2011

  • We drove out of town to pick up flatpack kits and we ferried people to and from the station or the airport.

    Could our car-less experiment get out of first gear? 2011

  • Look out for beautiful Chibi lamps from Hiroshi Tsunoda, tempting flatpack racks from the Damaris & Marc studio, Myvinilo multicoloured vinyl and glowing Mathmos touch lamps.

    10 of the best high-end shops in Barcelona 2011

  • I can rewire a plug, and hang pictures, and I can put up flatpack furniture better than anyone else I know (probably due to my unusually good spatial awareness).

    Jump-starting « Gin&Comment 2009

  • 'I'd like to see the cats actually have a go at assembling an Ikea flatpack'

    The Hard Sell: Ikea James Donaghy 2010


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • The term generally relates to items of furniture that have been specially designed to be taken away from stores, their component parts packed flat to minimize size, and assembled by consumers in their homes. This aspect of self-assembly has been simplified as far as possible and requires only very basic tools such as a screwdriver and a minimal level of skill.

    June 20, 2008