Advice for Disassembling Large Furniture

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It’s typically best to move large pieces of furniture in small sections.  The lighter the sections are made, the less likely that the item will be dropped from someone’s arms.  Disassembling large furniture will also make it far easier for moving trucks to be loaded, because pieces of furniture are easier to maneuver in the tight confines of a moving truck than whole pieces of furniture.

Before large pieces of furniture are disassembled, ensure that:

Men disassembling furniture
  • Children and pets are free of the area to prevent injuries from falling furniture.
  • Heavy furniture is not disassembled alone. A partner can help keep furniture steady while it is disassembled and offer assistance if an injury is sustained.
  • The person taking the furniture apart has the proper tools to do the job.  Hammering and banging shouldn’t be required to break down most pieces of furniture.
  • Glass doors and shelves are removed prior to the frame being taken apart.  These can be wrapped in newspaper or bubble wrap and packed snug in boxes to prevent cracks, chips, and breaks.
  • All screws, bolts, etc. are kept organized.  Plastic sandwich bags can be filled with all the pieces to a single piece of furniture and taped to the inside or underside of the furniture frame.
  • Sharp corners and edges are protected.  This can be as simple as draping large moving blankets over sections of furniture to prevent scratches and dents on other closely packed items.  Anytime two surfaces are allowed to make direct contact, the risk of scratches increases.

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