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Cozey’s Detailed Assembly Guide

17 Jun. 2020
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2 seater Cozey sofa with ottoman

So, you bought a Cozey sofa. Or you’re about to. And you want to make sure the assembly is as simple as it sounds. Luckily, this detailed assembly guide is here to help in every way. We realized along the way that not everyone has had the same experience when it comes to assembling their Cozey sofa. And that’s normal–everyone is different. But in hopes to standardize the experience and please every member of the Cozey family, here is a detailed assembly guide. Hey, we’re here to help. Every seat of the way.   

Cozey Sofa Assembly Guide

First Things First: TIME

Although the assembly time is meant to be rather short, it varies from person to person, and from the number of seats. A 4-seater will definitely take longer to assemble than a loveseat. However, we’d say that 15 minutes per seat is a pretty good approximation. Therefore, if you do the math, the armchair takes roughly 15 minutes to assemble, the loveseat takes 30 minutes, the 3-seater; 45 minutes, and so on. Just take it easy and take it slow–no need to rush. You’ll be getting comfortable soon enough.  

Step 1: Emptying the boxes and laying it all out

We’ll be honest here, this is the longest step of all. It’s not really a hard task; just a long one. For this reason, we suggest you assemble the Cozey sofa with a friend.  While it is not impossible to do it alone, a two-player assembly will be much easier and much more fun. We don’t mean to foreshadow… but we promise you’ll be grateful to have someone with you when comes the time to fix the legs…

You’ll want to bring the boxes in the room destined to your sofa (ex. living room) and unpack each box one after the other, starting with the arms box. 

When unpacking the boxes, make sure to align the seats with the arms on the ground: this will give you a general idea of what awaits.

The toggles should lay flat on the floor.

PS: The assembly is done from left to right. Just like reading a book, except you’re assembling a sofa. Same thing.

Step 2: Connecting the backrest to the seat base

All the layout you’ve done in step 1 comes in quite handy here.

Take the backrest, make sure its pins align with the seat base’s openings, and connect both modules. Repeat for all seats.

You’ll want to apply a gentle pressure to perfectly connect the backrest to the seat base. Both modules should feel sturdy once put together.

Step 3: Attaching a seat to the left arm 

Friendly reminder: the assembly is done from left to right. 

Locking in the first arm can seem frustrating since it is the first module you are assembling. You’ll get better as you go. 

Make sure to only link one connector at a time. Psst… Many prefer to connect the seat base’s connector first.

It is preferable to have the bottom of the arm touching the bottom of the seat base to correctly align the connectors. 

It can take a few tries to correctly position the male connector into the female one.  

Once one connector is in, link the second connector by applying some pressure at an angle to make it slide in.  

If you have an armchair, skip ahead to step 5.

PS: Make sure to take a look at the hardware to understand the sliding.   

PSS: The female connector is made at an angle to catch and lock-in the male connector. Align the male and female connectors and apply pressure on the module at that same angle. Once the first connector is in, repeat for the second connector, but you might have to push it a little harder for this one. 

PSSS: Don’t be afraid to play with the angle and the position of the connectors to push it in.   

Step 4: Attaching the next seat to the left seat (the one you just assembled)

This is done by connecting both together, through the left seat’s opening and the right seat’s connector. 

Link one connector at a time. 

For many, the easiest connector at first is the one on the seat base.  

Once connected, use the male connector on the backrest to finish the seat assembly. 

Make sure the edge of the seat and the arms align once connected. To do so, slide the seat forward. 

Repeat for each seat. All seats should be connected to one another by the end of this step. 

Step 5: Attaching the arm to the end seat 

Once all seats are connected, it is time to attach the second arm. 

Make sure to only link one connector at a time. Psst… Many prefer to connect the seat base’s connector first.

It is preferable to have the bottom of the arm touching the bottom of the seat base to correctly align the connectors. 

It can take a few tries to correctly position the male connector into the female one.  

Once one connector is in, link the second connector by applying some pressure at an angle to make it slide in.  

Step 6: Flipping the sofa on its back

With your friend, flip the sofa on its back, so that the toggles face you. 

Make sure that the edges of the seat and the arms line up. 

If one module is higher than the other, apply pressure and your body weight to click the modules in place. You want everything to be sturdy. 

Step 7: Fixing the leg plates (this can get tricky…)

Start by unboxing the legs. You can find them in the pocket under the seat.  

Please verify that the legs are straight and aligned with the seam.  If it is not the case, it means that one side of your leg plate is tighter than the other side or your leg plate is not flat on the bottom of the sofa.  Play with the hand screws and place the plate flat on the sofa until you get a straight leg.  

Slowly tighten the screws little by little on each side to fix the leg plates.

If the leg holes and hand screws won’t align on the vertical, it means that the edges of your modules are not aligned (ie. one seat is higher than its neighbor).  To fix this problem, make sure to apply downward pressure with your body weight on the highest module to clip them in place.

If the leg holes are too close and you can’t screw the leg plates, it usually means that the toggles are latched and that they are too tight.  Unlatch the toggles and start over. 

If the leg holes are too far apart on the horizontal and the hand screws for the leg plate won’t fit, make sure to ask your friend to compress the sofa. This will bring in the holes closer together for you to fix the leg plate appropriately. You can also use the toggle latch very lightly to bring in the sofa together, but make sure to go easy on them to avoid causing damage to the toggle. 

PS: Correctly hand-screwing the legs requires the holes and the screws to be properly aligned. Once this is done, alternate between hand-screws to make sure the plate is screwed evenly from both sides. The legs are screwed in properly when it lays flat on the bottom of the sofa and that there is no movement when trying to shake the leg.  

PSS: Can’t unscrew the legs because they’re screwed too tight? Make sure to unlatch the toggles before trying to unscrew them.  If someone was compressing the sofa when you were screwing the legs, ask someone to compress the sofa again to help you. 

PSSS: In the case that the steps above aren’t successful, you can always use some sort of wrench or clamp to unscrew them. But that’s last resort. We repeat: last resort.

Step 8: Adjusting and closing the toggle latches

Make sure to adjust the toggles until the clamping is easy and loose enough for you to close. 

The toggles are not designed for tight clamping and might break if too tight.  The toggles should be easy to close and only bring in the modules together slightly.

If the toggle is closed too tightly and it is impossible to unlatch, use the inferior portion of a butter knife to create some spacing for your fingers to unlatch the toggles. 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to close a toggle latch. This usually means that your modules are not connected properly. To align the modules, apply downward pressure with your body weight on the highest module to clip them in place. However, not being able to close a latch will not cause any problems with the overall sturdiness of the sofa.  

If the misalignment is minimal, it is also possible to fix the alignment with downward or upward pressure on the toggle to connect it to the latch.  But it is always better to fix the modules first.

PS: Our toggles are not necessary for assembly and have little impact on sturdiness. The toggles are there as a safety valve and provide extra sturdiness without really playing a major role in keeping everything together. Breaking one would have no significant ramification on the overall sofa. Broken toggle latch, you’ll be fine. 

Step 9: Flipping the sofa back on its legs

If the legs do not seem straight (i.e are crooked), it means that one side of your leg plate is tighter than the other side, or that your leg plate is not flat on the bottom of the sofa.  Play with the hand screws and place the plate flat on the sofa until you get a straight leg.  Go back to Step 7 for further instructions.

If one of the middle legs is not touching the ground, it does not mean that it is shorter than the others. It usually means that your toggles are too tight and there is upward pressure on your modules, resulting in a floating leg. To fix the problem, simply loosen every toggle.  If this does not fix the problem, you can also try to unscrew the other legs and start over.

PS:  If the difference caused by the floating leg is not too big (i.e isn’t too high), you can try to add an extra felt, (that we have provided 🙂 ) to fix the situation!     

Step 10: Placing the seat and back cushions

This step is pretty straightforward.

Shouldn’t take you too long.

Three minutes. Tops. 

Step 11: Congratulating yourself

Very very very necessary step!

Whether it’s been a long and hard process, or a quick and simple one, now is the time to sit back and relax. 

Invite some friends over. Snuggle up. Kick your feet up. Take it easy. Have a great day. It was a pleasure to guide you through this. 

PS: Our boxes are entirely recyclable. Simply cut the tape off and fold the boxes on themselves. This way, your neighbors will be happy you won’t have taken all the space, and you’ll be proud of yourself for recycling. #Adulthood

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