One thing they may never warn you about when moving is disassembly. You need to take many large items apart before you can pack them. Otherwise, they take up too much space and could break.
Disassembling doesn’t have to be too challenging. Just follow these five tips, and you’ll be able to keep it simple.
1. Create a Disassembly Space
When your home is full of boxes and loose items, it’s hard to find room to deal with furniture. But it’s the best thing you can do for a complicated project.
If you can, dedicate a whole room for the furniture. It’s wise to use the room where most of the furniture already sits.
Make sure that you clear boxes and other items from the room before you start disassembling. That way, you have the most space to move around.
2. Get the Right Tools
You’ll need a handful of tools to disassemble furniture. You may already have a few of them.
As a general rule, you should have a few different kinds of screwdrivers, as well as a hex wrench set. Again, it’s wise to consult the assembly instructions for the furniture, as they usually have lists of tools you need.
If you feel like investing in a drill, you may be able to finish faster. Just keep in mind that you’ll need the right drill bits for each piece.
3. Follow the Instructions
The best way to avoid damage is to follow the instructions you got for assembly. If you bought it at IKEA or another store that prefers DIY assembly, you probably have tons.
Don’t have the instructions? Look online. And if you still can’t find them, research how-to guides for disassembling a couch, table, or chair.
Sometimes, you can’t disassemble something, even if you put it together. If you’re not sure, consult an expert for more information.
4. Package Furniture With Care
At this point, you may have a bunch of legs or feet and nowhere to put them. If you’re boxing up a small table or chair, you can keep all these items together. Wrap them in paper or bubble wrap to prevent scratching.
If you can’t pack everything together, get a box for the medium-size pieces and label it well. Pieces for custom or vintage items usually aren’t interchangeable, even if they’re part of a set.
In most cases, you can use furniture wrap or moving blankets to protect soft furniture. Just be careful of any sharp corners or loose nails. These can puncture upholstery, and that might cost a lot to repair.
5. Organize Small Parts
The last trick for a good disassembly experience is to organize all the small parts. They’re easy to lose and hard to find. And if you lose them, you might have a difficult time replacing them.
Put all the items for one piece of furniture in its own bag or box, and label it correctly. Don’t pack it with the furniture unless you’re sealing the box tight. Otherwise, the bag might fall out and get lost.
If you can, separate the parts by type as well as piece. Then, it will be easier to get a quick inventory and make sure you have everything before moving to the next one.
The Pros Can Help
Disassembling furniture is often more manageable when you hire a professional to help. Contact us to learn about your options. We can help make your move easier.