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Best Bookcase Assembly

  • 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.

From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine