How to Disassemble Furniture When Moving

You are probably asking yourself how to disassemble furniture when moving. And you probably know that moving is expensive. The costs of gathering supplies, renting trucks, hiring handyman to help you install all the proper appliances… It can be nauseating. Not to mention the cost of other resources such as time and energy. By spending time on the actual move, you are not allocating these resources to the people that matter the most to you – friends and family. However, we do acknowledge that hiring a moving company can be costly and that you will try to find a way where you can skimp on a few expenses here and there.

Right of the bat, we want to clarify something. You can still hire a moving company and save money. This is done by finding a good quality, low-cost moving company. That’s why you should choose a moving broker. They connect you with the best moving companies that offer all of the services you need at affordable rates. Secondly, by decluttering your home, you are actually only moving items that you absolutely need. Lastly, pack your belongings so you do not have to pay professional packers to do the job for you.

However, there is one more thing to do, which will allow you to save up your money. And that is to disassemble furniture when moving. The general idea being that by disassembling furniture, you won’t need to pay extra for the movers to do so. If you find this something to your liking, we recommend you continue reading this article in which we will present a few tips you can use to disassemble your furniture with ease!

How to disassemble furniture when moving
Disassembling furniture by yourself can be a great way to skimp on the costs that come with moving.

Laying the groundwork

We all know that failing to plan is planning to fail. That’s why it’s really important to have a plan. If not for anything else, for the sake of your sanity.

Create a moving checklist

In that regard, we recommend you make a moving checklist. Now, our list might not replicate your list down to a T but that’s okay. This is highly preferential, and we have outlined only some general rules and principles you should adhere to. The idea being, that this list will help you feel organized, and hopefully – help you not forget anything.

Do you actually need that many items of furniture?

The next thing to do is to get a general idea of the number of bulky furniture items you need to relocate. This process means that you should also question whether this furniture is ripe for selling, throwing away, or donating. Some furniture no longer serves the purpose they did 7 – 8 years ago when you bought them. General guidelines to have in mind are:

  • The age of the furniture. Some research suggests that you should replace the mattress on your bed every 10 years. So is your mattress that old?
  • (Un)comfortableness of the furniture. After using it do you feel stiff, sore?

If the answer is yes, you might want to consider buying new furniture. On a side note, a good idea is to sell your old furniture online. And then through the use of shipping furniture cross-country send the furniture to the buyer.

Making the right decision can be paralyzing.
You can sometimes feel like your stuck between a rock and a hard place when you need to decide what to throw away and what to keep.

Acquire the tools to disassemble furniture when moving

So you have decided to declutter your home, and are now left with only the bare essentials that need to be disassembled. Great! The next step is to gather the tools you will need to dismantle your furniture. The most logical being, the hammer, a wrench, screws and a screwdriver. However, keep in mind that some furniture requires special tools, so consult the manual for further instructions.  Most instructions can be found online, so don’t panic if you can’t find the manual in the box the item came with.

Disassembling Furniture When Moving

The actual process of disassembly of the furniture is highly dependant on the furniture you own. Not every piece of appliance is crafted the same. That’s why an all-encompassing guide on how to disassemble furniture is nearly impossible to write. For that reason, we are giving you certain guidelines to follow, but other than that the actual details of how to disassemble are up to you

  • Keep in mind that furniture that is held together by glue and not by screws are really hard to disassemble. There is a very high chance of destroying your furniture this way. You have been warned!

The bed

Before you get to the actual crux of the disassembly, you must first remove all the bedding items, including the mattress, and pack them separately. Now you can start the actual dismantling. Find the screws of the headboard, and unscrew them. Do the same for the sideboards. Wrap everything in protective materials, such as bubble wrap or moving blankets. Place the screws in a ziplock bag, and label them so you know from which furniture they came.  And that’s it! Easier said than done.

Disassembling a bed is in theory simple, but in reality is a really hard thing to do.
Disassembling a bed can be overwhelming at times.

The Couch

The same principle applies as mentioned above. Remove all of the bedding items (such as pillows, blankets, etc.) and pack them separately. Remove the legs of the couch by unscrewing them or if you cannot find the screw – rotate them. Detach anything else that can be detached and pack it separately. Make sure to wrap any fragile items in protective wrap. As previously mentioned, make sure to keep your screws in one place (such as a ziplock bag) and label it!

In conclusion

Moving is a very complex event. Moreover, it is very expensive. It wastes time, money and energy. However, there are certain methods you can implement to skimp on the cost. For example, by disassembling your own furniture and not paying the moving company to do it for you. The best way to approach this is by planning. Gather all the supplies and tools you will need, and make sure to declutter your home from unnecessary furniture. The actual disassembly phase is pretty straightforward. Remove all the unnecessary parts, unscrew, and pack in protective wrap. So for example, the next time you are moving to Florida, you might skimp on a few costs by doing these things by yourself. However, you will always be safer by hiring a moving broker that will find the best company for you. So what are you waiting for? Contact us now!