If your home is flat pack heaven then you may be dreading the process of disassembling everything. Let’s be honest, it’s not the easiest task in the world but with a little organisation, you can make things a whole lot easier.
Packing your belongings is an important part of your move. So, alongside your books, clothes, soft furnishings and everything else don’t forget about any disassembling that needs to be done before moving day!
So, what can you do to ensure that you disassemble your bulky items in the most efficient way and assemble them quickly in your new place? Here are some top tips that you need to know.
How to disassemble your items efficiently
Remember how difficult assembling your wardrobe was, well great news is that taking it back down is the easier part! You will need all of your bulky furniture disassembled to save space in the removal van and make them easier to carry so it’s time to get to work!
Here are some important things to bear in mind when disassembling your belongings ready for removal.
Save enough time for the job
Leaving big tasks to the last remaining days before your move is a big mistake. You’d be surprised just how much is involved in moving house so there’s always a chance that things might crop up and set you back. Instead, start disassembling items with time to spare leaving essentials such as your bed frame till last.
Loosen screws and bolts beforehand
Over time screws can get rusty and this often makes them hard to remove. But, it shouldn’t be anything that some WD40 can’t fix. Loosen up any screws and bolts so when you go to remove them they’re much easier to deal with and that way you won’t waste any time.
Ensure that you have the right tools
You’re going to find it hard to get the job done if you don’t have the right tools. Get your toolbox out and make sure you have the essentials such as screwdrivers, an allen key and anything you might need to disassemble items safely.
Take photos before you start disassembling
While you may be focused on getting everything taken apart, do a little bit of forward-thinking and remember that you have to reconstruct it at a later point. A great way of making life a little bit easier is to take photos of the item before you start disassembling it and throughout the process. Remembering how things fit together can be a lot harder than you think!
Keep small parts in a safe place
Always keep small parts such as screws, bolts and tacs in a safe place. For example, secure them to the relevant part or keep them in a secure container or ziplock bag. The last thing you want to be doing is hunting around for these bits when you’re ready to reassemble it so stay organised.
Ask for expert help if necessary
Some removal companies can help with disassembling items or can help pack particular items so you may only need to partly disassemble them. Check with your removal team and find out if they can disassemble your items – although this isn’t a service that is offered by everyone so don’t assume.
What items may need to be disassembled?
Of course, not every item needs to be disassembled; it’s usually just your bulky items or your flat-pack pieces. It’s a good idea to make a list of everything that needs disassembling so that nothing gets forgotten about and you have a good plan of action.
- Bed frames – Most bed frames will need to be disassembled before moving. You may choose to leave this till last so you can continue using your bed as long as possible or perhaps you want to do it early to ensure that it’s disassembled in the right way.
- Large dining room tables – Not all dining tables need to be taken apart, however, sometimes it’s easier to remove the legs as this reduces the risk of breakages while it’s being transported from A to B.
- Play equipment – If you have outdoor play equipment such as climbing frames, a trampoline, wendy houses or similar equipment then it will need to be packed away into pieces so it’s easier to move.
- Dressing tables & vanities – For those with dressing tables or vanities, you may want to disassemble large pieces. Luckily, most furniture that contains glass can be taken apart easily so the breakable glass can be carefully wrapped.
- Sofas – Your sofa is one of those items that you’ll want to use straight away in your new home but it may need to be disassembled in some way, especially corner sofas. Most sofas can have their legs removed or can be separated into two parts
Tips for reassembling your items
When you’re settled into your new place it’s time to get unpacked which means reassembling everything. It’s better to get on with this sooner rather than later so you aren’t left with unusable furniture for weeks on end!
Here are some top tips for reassembling your furniture:
Put together the most important items first
Think strategically about what needs to be reassembled first. For example, putting together your bed frame should take priority over your outdoor play equipment. Reassembling the most important items first will make life a little bit easier and you’ll be able to settle into your new place quicker.
Measure the space before you start reassembling items
It may sound obvious but remember to measure the space in your new home before you start reassembling things. As you get used to the rooms in your new home, measuring the space is a practical way of ensuring that your furniture is going to fit before you spend the time reconstructing it!
Keep instruction manuals close to hand
The first thing you should reach for is your instruction manuals. Going rogue when it comes to reassembling items can end in disaster so always follow the instruction manual to avoid any unnecessary mistakes. If you’ve misplaced your manuals, you can often find online versions for your flatpack furniture.
Once you’ve got your items reassembled your new place will start to feel a little more like home. If everyone gets stuck in then the job will be done in no time!
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