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"Some assembly required." The words strike fear in the hearts of parents who have struggled to put together toys and of backyard warriors cursing the jigsaw pieces of a new hibachi. But for a growing number of Americans with a screwdriver and some patience, unassembled furniture is that rarity in hard times: an affordable option for sprucing up one's home.

Sales of traditional furniture have suffered in the recession, putting pressure on large manufacturers like Ladd Furniture Inc., which just entered the do-it-yourself market, and Drexel Heritage, now a subsidiary of the Masco Corporation. Some retailers have also been hard hit, with Seaman's, for example, filing for bankruptcy protection.

But sales of ready-to-assemble furniture have grown 10 percent a year in the last five years, now accounting for about 10 percent of all furniture shipped out by American manufacturers - $1.1 billion worth in 1991 (or $1.8 billion at retail), up from $750 million in 1986.

"This is a product where the consumer adds value to the piece, " said Jerry Epperson, a furniture analyst for Mann, Armistead & Epperson, an investment banking firm in Richmond, Va. "People like that. They feel like it's a bargain." It is estimated that consumers can save 25 to 50 percent on ready-to-assemble - "R.T.A." to the industry - compared with fully assembled pieces.

As demand has risen and technologies have improved, the range of furniture has moved beyond simple television stands and microwave carts. Consumers can now buy entertainment centers that cover half a wall, home office set-ups and even bedroom ensembles in a box.

Most unassembled furniture is still of particle-board construction. But new technology has meant more natural looking wood-like finishes and solid wood moldings - even such intricate pieces as roll-top desks.

"In the old days, you'd say, 'Oh my God, don't put that in my house, ' " said Ray Allegrezza, a furniture writer who concentrates on the R.T.A. market. "Now, you'd be hard pressed from across the room to tell if it's a solid wood piece."

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