There’s a lot of planning that needs to go into moving house, flat or an office and a few questions we get asked a lot is ‘do you dismantled furniture?’ and ‘do I need to dismantled my own furniture?’. We’re experts at dismantling and reassembling furniture, it’s part of the job and we pride ourselves on how well we do it but sometimes our clients are looking for ways to save time and money and wish to do it themselves so this post is about the latter question.
I’ll breakdown the process into easily digestible pieces of information so you’ll have a good grasp on what’s involved. The key aspects are – correct tools for the job, having patience, following the instructions or logical process, and most importantly, keeping the nuts, bolts, and screws in a safe place ready for the reassemble.
To Dismantle or not to Dismantle
Before you even attempt to dismantle your furniture, it’s always best to make sure if it can be removed from its location to the removals van in one piece. A common mistake is to take everything apart and then realise you could have easily moved the furniture without doing anything to it. Check this by measuring the Height, Width, and Depth of the furniture and compare that to the smallest doorframe of your home or office. If the item can’t fit upright then imagine it on its side, back and any other angle, and make sure there are at least a few centimeters give on all ends. You really don’t want to force it through because that never ends well.
By now you should have a list of items that can and can’t be moved in one piece. Let’s talk about the furniture that can’t be removed and what needs to be done.
Before panicking and taking a hammer and crowbar to the furniture, have a look at how the item is constructed and what tools have been used to brace it in place. If you have the manual great! Study it well and you’ll be well on your way to reverse engineer it but let’s assume that got lost years ago. When looking over the bed, wardrobe, or whatever it is, ask yourself what nuts, bolts, and screws have been used to hold it together and find the matching tools. For example, if a screw has a cross-section, you’ll need a ‘Phillips Head’ screwdriver and if a bolt has a hexagonal shape, you’ll need an ‘Allen Key’ (very common for Ikea). If you need to buy the tools, don’t go on eBay and get the cheap £1.99 screwdriver set because 9 out of 10 times it will break and just imagine it’s the night before the move and your tools are broken or don’t match. It’s a stressful place to put yourself into!
Right, you’ve got the correct tools and ready to go. Before you start dismantling, make sure you’ve got plenty of space to work with. Remove the boxes, bags and any clutter from the room or stack them up in the corner. As mentioned before, we’re assuming you don’t have the manuals so it’s time to think logically of how the furniture has been assembled but most importantly, think safety! Wardrobes are a prime example of this because they’re usually the most complex and dangerous to build or dismantle. Before you start, use tape and a pen to label each part (top, sides etc…) and take photos so reassembling is much easier and with the now clear room and with at least 2 people, remove the wardrobe doors with one person holding the door in place and the other unscrewing. Once the doors have been removed, lay down the wardrobe on the floor (front first) and remove the back pins (little nails), and take off the back. After that, remove the top, sides, inner sections, and bottom. You’ve just taken great care in dismantling it and you don’t want to cause any damage during the move so wrap each section with a generous amount of bubble wrap. I’ve mentioned this before but I will again, keep all of the screws, nails, and bolts in somewhere safe. Losing any of them could mean disaster when trying to put it back together.
Once the removal company has delivered your items and you’re ready to reassemble, carefully unwrap the wardrobe and reverse everything you did. Did you remember the labels and photos? Good. As you’ll find out, this is a great help when during the reassembling process. You’re probably tired after the big move so wait for the morning until reassembling. Tiredness can cause judgment to lapse and that’s when accidents happen.
I could write many paragraphs about how to dismantle and reassemble each item of furniture but that would be an endless blog. In a nutshell, it’s common sense and can be achieved when breaking the process down into logical steps. However, if for whatever reason, you feel uncomfortable doing this, just tell the removal company and they’ll be more than happy to help. It’s part of their job after all.
I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful and here at Macro Removals, we’re more than happy to offer free advice. Just contact us if you have any questions.
Disclaimer – this post is a guide for dismantling and reassembling furniture and should only be considered as such. We can be held responsible for any damages or injuries as a result of following this guide.