How to disassemble furniture when moving home?
If you are planning to relocate any time soon, one of the most tricky parts is definitely packing. Especially if you are moving entire home including your furniture. And if you have a lot of big and heavy pieces of furniture, it could take you a lot of time and money to relocate it. Therefore, you need to plan how to relocate these belongings before you continue with other moving-related activities. And yes, there are some pretty good packing and unpacking services you can get in order to handle this part. But, if you are moving on a tight budget, you need to be careful how you are spending your funds. There are some things you can do by yourself, and you should use that option. Here you will find some pretty useful tips on how to disassemble furniture.
Make a plan
Just like for any other project, you will need to make a plan. But, your disassemble furniture plan will be slightly different than any other. The very first thing you need to do is identify which parts of furniture you are going to disassemble. What is important to realize is that you do not actually need to disassemble your entire furniture, just those pieces that can’t fit in the truck. Some of the most common furniture pieces movers are asking to be disassembled are:
- Massive Dining Tables
- Kitchen elements
- Work desk
As you can see, you will need to take care of basically all big and massive furniture pieces in order to fit them in the moving truck. But this is not the end of preparation. Imagine a situation where you spend a day on this task just to figure out you can’t get one piece through the door or hallway? That is exactly why you need to take some measurements first.
Make sure everything can get through the door
Once you identify furniture that you need to disassemble, you need to make sure you can easily move it through the house. In case you are living in a building, the same applies to stairwells and elevators. You need to be prepared that some things will require you to remove the doors when moving the furniture. Prior to that, you need to measure all openings and compare them to the measures of your furniture or pieces of furniture. This really is the only safe way to disassemble furniture with success.
Additionally, you need to understand that your new home will have a different room setting, hence there is a possibility that not every piece of your current furniture will fit. If that is the case, make sure you find some good storage units near you, and place your extra items there. It is better to keep them at a safe place than pile everything in your new home and make a mess.
Get necessary tools that you’ll use to disassemble furniture
Even though every house has a screwdriver and a hammer, you will need a few more tools for this project. First, make sure you check which types of screws are used for your furniture. Most probably you will need to get some special screwdrivers and other hand tools. A smart thing would be to get small boxes and zip lock bags which you can use for storing screws and other small parts. It is highly advisable to store all screws from one piece of furniture in the same bag and then tape the whole bag to the biggest disassembled piece. This way you will know exactly what is going where and will not have problems during reassembling once you relocate.
Additionally, once you are at the hardware store, get some packing supplies as well. Cardboard boxes, crates, foam peanuts, tapes, packing foam, and labels will come in handy for securing your furniture.
Go room by room
In order to avoid mess and confusion, it would be smart to go room by room. Start to disassemble furniture in your living room or kitchen, and do not proceed to the next room before you finish the current one. More importantly, do not switch to the next piece of furniture before completing disassembling the one you started. Otherwise, you could end up with a lot of small pieces and get confused once you need to reassemble everything again. Not to mention that you could easily mix up small parts and screws and turn your unpacking process into a nightmare. Therefore, follow these steps in order to get everything done without any problems:
- Select piece of the furniture you want to disassemble
- Put small parts into one ziplock bag
- Use air bubble packing for securing fragile and delicate parts
- Tape ziplock bag to the largest piece
- Label everything
- Proceed to the next piece of furniture
It is packing time
On your moving day, make sure you explain to your movers how to arrange your disassembled furniture. It is very important to load the moving truck properly, as at this moment you will probably not be able to recognize what is what. Therefore, movers should load your furniture room by room. This way, once they come to your new home, they’ll be able to unload everything to the right part of the home.
Even though there are many reasons to hire packing professionals, you can still do some things DIY style. Not only that you will save a lot of money on that, but you will enjoy the process as well. Once you start to disassemble furniture, you’ll see that it is a hard thing to do. The most important thing is that you have enough time and proper tools. And a watertight plan, of course. Therefore, make necessary preparations, get supplies and tools, and schedule a weekend for this activity. You can call a couple of your friends to help you with this. It is always better to work with a team than alone. Once you are finished, prepare everything for truck loading. This way your movers will be able to fill the truck in no time. And that is it, you are now ready for the big moving day.