If you are moving house, or redecorating, or doing one of any number of things that will require a great reshuffle of the contents of your home, you are going to have to move some furniture around. Unless you have unlimited space and are built like the Incredible Hulk, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do so without doing a spot of dis-assembly.
However, disassembling furniture can be a tricky business, with many small and fiddly parts that could go missing, and even more bits that could get scratched or otherwise visibly damaged. With some furniture, just knowing where to start can be the hard part!
Bearing that in mind, here are some of our top tips for going about it the right way.
The first thing to do is grab the nearest camera or smartphone and start snapping away. For every piece of furniture (or electronic equipment) which is going to be dismantled, take a “before” photo so that you know exactly how to put it back together again. You won’t regret it!
Similarly to the above point, when you’re taking things apart it’s always good to know how to put ‘em back together when you’re done. Use a pencil to note on each disassembled piece to what item of furniture they belong and where they go. Pencil can be rubbed out easily, no matter what surface it’s used on.
This might sound silly, but when you have a matching wooden table and chair set, a number of pieces are going to look the same…
Leave Drawers and Doors
Looking at it critically, less than 50% of the larger furniture is probably necessary to disassemble. Doing something like taking the separate drawers to pieces is entirely unnecessary, so don’t bother wasting your time doing so.
Sliding doors fall into the same category, and it can often be a pointless time sink to unscrew hinges and the like. Instead of taking them apart, just securely close the drawers and doors and problem solved. Use masking tape for ease and convenience.
Secure the Screws
A quick point, but a good one – put the screws from a piece of furniture into a small bag (resealable, like a sandwich bag, is optimal, but coin bag will work too) and tape it (again, masking tape – it’s secure but does less damage) to the underside of the largest part of the furniture once disassembled. Never lose screws again!
Remove the Handles
If you’ve got any handles protruding, whether on drawers, doors or otherwise, try and remove them – they can cause scratches and worse to bits of furniture if they slide around during transport.
Of course, there are a number of items that simply can’t be taken apart, whether it’s a sofa from DFS or wicker furniture from 2furnish, so with these you’ll just have to try and stack them as Tetris-like as possible to avoid wasting space.
Those were our top tips for disassembling furniture, hand-picked from many – we hope you find them useful!