Jigsaw Puzzle Missing Piece Guide
A complete step by step guide to obtaining that dastardly missing piece!
If you have even a moderate amount of experience with jigsaw puzzles, you've probably encountered the horror of realizing that your
beloved puzzle is nearly complete... all except for a MISSING PIECE! [Noooooooooooo!]
-- Follow the instructions below and your chances of finding or replacing the culprit jigsaw puzzle piece will be quite good.STEP 1 :: The Oh Duh's
It seems silly, but it's so easy to misplace or overlook a missing piece.
STEP 2 :: Catch your breath, and start to accept the possibility that it's... GONE...
- Double, triple, and maybe even quadruple check your box to verify the missing piece isn't in there. It's possible the piece could be stuck
in the flap or a corner. It could have happened during production, packaging, or transport.
- Do a thorough search of the room or any rooms that you have used for opening, constructing, glueing, transporting, storing, or even thinking about the jigsaw puzzle.
Check under chairs, inside open garbage cans, between the rug & molding; don't be afraid to scour the surroundings for the missing piece.
- If you've vacuumed recently, check the vacuum bag or garbage can. If you have pets or small children, then your boundary for scanning and searching is far far wider!
- It could be a practical joke -- a tricky spouse or a child keen on finishing the puzzle may have absconded with the missing piece in the hopes of laying the final piece.
Or, they could simply enjoy rendering you confounded on your hands and knees looking for a tiny piece of cardboard. Either way, don't rule out the possibilty of hijinks.
- And, lastly, make sure that all of the pieces you've placed so far belong where they are. It's very possible that a piece you've already placed may not actually go there.
In that case, you're probably missing a different piece -- not much help here, but it will be important later if you're trying to get the right replacement piece.
So you've looked high and low, here and there, in and out, and you've come up with squat. Don't lose hope, there are several avenues left to locate a replacement piece for your puzzle.
If you believe you've lost a jigsaw puzzle piece and it can't be found, or that your puzzle is defective and the missing piece was never there (quite rare, actually, due to the jigsaw
puzzle production process and stringent manufacturer standards, but it does sometimes happen) -- then
your best course of action is to contact the manufacturer to see about a replacement piece. This is best for most folks because you've already constructed the puzzle and you know which
piece you need. Many popular jigsaw puzzle manufacturers have anticipated
that you may need a replacement piece and have therefore created programs to replace individual pieces.
There are some caveats, however. Depending on the manufacturer and the specific puzzle design, it's possible that multiple cutting dies were used to produce the same puzzle design, so, it's possible that
pieces from same design will not actually fit your puzzle. Manufacturers often replace or rotate cutting dies for reasons
such as service, sharpening, or production availability. If this is the case, you still have some options, though.
For example, they may just replace your entire puzzle.
Before you continue, determine the following:Who is the manufacturer of your jigsaw puzzle? (Just check the box.)
Which piece is missing?
On most standard jigsaw puzzles you can simply count from the top, and obtain the the number of rows to your missing piece. Then, count from the left to get the number of columns to your missing piece.
You will probably need these coordinates to indicate exactly which piece is missing.
Now, find your manufacturer below in the list and follow the instructions provided:
STEP 3 :: For SeriousPuzzles.com Customers
If you're having difficulty communicating with a manufacturers or getting a satisfactory solution to your issue in either Step 1 or Step 2, AND you placed your original order for the
item with SeriousPuzzles.com, then you may contact us and
we will try to provide a proper solution or assist you with replacing the missing piece.
Please be prepared with your order # so that we can locate your order in our system.
STEP 4 :: A not-too-shabby last resort
You're at the end of the line, and there's still a fairly reasonable solution!
You can order missing jigsaw puzzle pieces from
The Jigsaw Puzzle DoctorTM. It's a paid service that will actually
construct your missing piece! Their prices are extremely reasonable considering how cool the service is. For as little as $9 USD, plus s&h, they'll make your missing piece and
send it to you - how neat is that?! [SeriousPuzzles.com is not affiliated with the Jigsaw Doctor]