- John Martinez
DIY furniture can cause even the handiest folks to have a meltdown, which is why New Yorkers call John Martinez to put together their West Elm sectionals and Overstock bar stools. After spending a decade building showroom sofas and daybeds for Ikea, Martinez started his own furniture-installation business, Drill Professional Furniture Assembly. Rates are reasonable—$85 to hang a television, $75 to put together a dining-room table and four chairs, $280 to build a bed, dresser, bookcase, and two nightstands—and Martinez and his two-man crew work fast. He’ll construct a chair in 25 minutes flat, whereas bigger jobs like bedroom sets typically take an hour and a half. Martinez & Co. serve commercial and residential properties anywhere in the tri-state area, and while he doesn’t book same-day appointments, he can be on site to build your new CB2 farm table within 48 hours. Bonus: If he spots a piece of framed art languishing in the corner of your living room, he’ll hang it free of charge.
Best Bookcase Assembly
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).