Tools you should use

All Ikea furniture includes the tools you will need, right? Not really. If needed the will include an Allen key and in some cases a flat steel wrench. In some cases that may actually be all you need, but using the tools below will save you hours, sore hands and make assembly a breeze.

Cordless drill
Start with a good cordless drill. All drills now has plenty of torque and can move slow enough to act as a screwdriver and that’s what you will be using it as the majority of time. Watch out for sales. The better brands are Milwaukee, Dewalt and Nikita, but you really can’t go wrong here if you go with a lithium battery driven version of any brand. Just don’t get cheap bits.

Bits.
Buy the brand listed above for trouble free operation. You can mix and match brands as you like. Quick release bits look appealing, but tend to wobble more. I don’t recommend using them. Instead buy a set of good drill bits (10 or more in set). Then buy a box of Phillips screw driver bits (all same size). They are cheap and wear out fast. You will not need flathead bits. But find a kit that contains Allen key bits. These are huge time savers over the key included by IKEA.

Screwdrivers.
I’ve found a good large flathead screw driver invaluable for locking down some of the tightening screws used in cabinets. Or simply to pry things apart.
A wretching screwdriver also is useful where you can use the electrical tool. Don’t buy the cheapest, but find one storing extra bits inside and a handle size that fits your hand.

Tape measure.
Get a good, easy to read steel tape measure without any unnecessary features (such as centering measurements).

Level.
Use at least one good level. I use 3! A 12″, a 24″ and a four feet level. You get what you pay for here and cheap ones may be off level. I recently received a very nice 24″ aluminum level with a built in laser pointer. What I deemed a toy turned out to be the best thing ever for any kind of hanging. Suddenly aligning 6 kitchen cabinets became a 5 minute task. Awesome.

level. Test it in the store before buying. Not all levels are in level (you get what you pay for

Pick and hammer
Any hammer will do. Don’t ever use it for anything else than hammering in nails -typically to attach back panels. Every where else what seemed like a good idea for extra force typically ends up breaking something (including your fingers)