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25 Nov, 2021

How To Disassemble Furniture When Moving House

Handling and moving furniture is among the biggest challenges you have to face when vacating your house. The risk of bookshelves, wardrobes, dressers and other furniture items toppling is always high when you don’t use the right equipment or techniques while handling them.

Even a slight mistake can cause a serious injury like a fracture, ligament tear, muscle pull, back injury etc. Hiring professional removalists in Perth is a good option to have your belongings packed and moved expertly and without hassle. However, here are useful tips for disassembling furniture when moving house. These tips will come in handy when you pack or handle bulky furniture in your home.

Inspect The Furniture

You don’t need to disassemble furniture before wrapping and moving it unless it is extremely heavy or cannot fit through the door. You should prioritise moving furniture in one piece because it is quicker and more manageable. Therefore, inspect every item to ensure it doesn’t require dismantling to secure it with a moving blanket and plastic wrap.

If you avail of removal service from professional removalists in Perth, they will inspect the furniture during the pre-move survey or on the moving day to determine whether the furniture needs dismantling.

Take Measurements

One of the best ways to determine whether a piece of furniture needs dismantling is to measure the furniture and your house’s doorways/pathways. You need a lengthy measuring tape to note the height, length and width of the furniture, corridors and entry points of rooms. If the furniture is too big for the corridors or doors, you or your hired removalists in Perth need to dismantle it before packing and taking it out of the house.

Note: Save time by not measuring small furniture like chairs, bedside tables, stools, coffee tables, loveseat etc. You can easily move them from one room to another.

Create A Furniture Inventory

Streamline the process of sorting and packing furniture by creating a furniture inventory. You can list important details related to the items like location, measurements, type and whether they require dismantling or not. You can use MS Excel to create the inventory or a mobile application like Sortly, Magic Home Inventory, Memento Database, etc. Even professional removalists in Perth make inventories to keep track of property contents and complete their work in a timely manner.

Get The Right Tools

You don’t require them when taking the assistance of professional removalists in Perth because they will bring everything required for packing and moving the household contents. However, if you choose to do it yourself, you need the right tools to disassemble furniture and pack everything successfully. Here is a list of items you should arrange.

• Harnesses and straps
• A screwdriver with multiple head attachments
• A spanner or wrench
• A hammer
• Packing tape
• Plastic/bubble/foam wrap
• Moving blankets

Before you start the disassembly process, make sure the furniture is stable to remove the parts without stress or hassle.

Don’t Rush The Process

Don’t make the rookie mistake of hurrying through the task of dismantling furniture. Take the assistance of your near and dear ones to keep the object steady. Additionally, research thoroughly to learn how to effectively and efficiently disassemble furniture, if necessary.

Most pieces are easy to handle because there are screws holding parts in place. You can remove the screws to dismantle different furniture like cribs, bed headboards, rubber/plastic/wooden feet, etc. You can damage the furniture or, worse injure yourself trying shortcuts or not investing the proper time required for the task.

Pack & Label Everything Accurately

After dismantling a furniture item, you must carefully wrap and box parts to prevent misplacement or damage. Label everything to let your hired removalists in Perth know the contents and handle them accordingly. You can get coloured labels to categorise furniture according to room. For example, boxes with furniture parts from the bedroom can have red labels, while those from the living room can have blue labels. It is a technique many professionals use to organise and speed the packing and unpacking process.

Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

You can get cuts, scrapes, bruises and other injuries while handling bulky furniture without proper personal protective equipment. Wooden furniture can have splinters, and metal furniture have sharp edges. Therefore, you should get a pair of good gloves, overalls, goggles and other PPE necessary for removing parts from furniture and pack them safely.

The Bottom Line

Moving to a new house is never easy, as you have a host of tasks to manage, among which handling and transporting furniture is a stressful one. Therefore, follow the tips shared above if you need to disassemble furniture and don’t hesitate to take the assistance of professional removalists in Perth to make the house relocation easier and quicker.