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Disassembling furniture for a move: Tips & Tricks

AM Moving Company — January 6, 2020

Furniture disassembly can be tricky. You can find yourself having no idea where to begin. Or surrounded by a countless number of pieces and not knowing what to do next. And not to mention that injuries are an often occurrence when people are trying to disassemble furniture. So, if you’re not hiring furniture movers Dallas, then you’re going to need these tips and tricks on disassembling furniture for a move.

Disassembling furniture for a move with your friends

So if you’re not hiring residential movers DFW that doesn’t have to mean that you’re on your own. Disassembling furniture for a move is a complex task. And the more helping hands you have the easier it will be. And I don’t have to say that it’ll also be much faster. So to make sure that you finish everything in time, and most importantly, to avoid injuries you may want to consider calling a friend or a few.

Takeout food
Order some takeout and get some beer to treat yourselves for a job well done.


Let them know well in advance that you’re going to need their help so that they can clear out their schedule. Furthermore, the best day for disassembling furniture for a move is probably Sunday. The reason is, of course, that once you’ve finished you have the rest of the day to chill out.

The most important part of disassembling furniture for a move

Now, before you start disassembling furniture for a move there’s something you should do. And I can’t stress enough how important it is that you first do that! So before you do anything you first need to measure everything. And I do mean everything! From your furniture to your doorways, hallways, corners, and stairs.

The reason why I’m saying this is that oftentimes people disassemble furniture that doesn’t even have to be disassembled. They often get carried away by the size of the furniture. And they think that a couch, for example, can’t pass through the living room’s door. So they dismantle everything that seems big to them.

Ruler for angles - Disassembling furniture for a move
It’s all about the angle!


But you’d be surprised to know how many times professional movers have managed to carry huge wardrobes or couches through narrow hallways and doors. So to save yourself from the trouble of disassembling every piece of furniture, take your time to measure everything!

Do you need some instructions?

Although no one is doubting your skills for disassembling furniture for a move, it’s best if you had instruction manuals. For even if it may seem like it’s easy to disassemble a dining table, for example, it’s not always necessarily so. Some dining tables need more steps than simply unscrewing their legs. But, luckily for you, you can get all of those steps in instruction manuals. Plus, you can also get information like what type of screwdriver or what size of screws you’re going to need. Remember that disassembling furniture is nothing more than a reversed assembling.

Assembling - How to disassemble furniture for a move
So don’t limit yourself only to disassembly when you’re looking through the instruction manuals.


You should have gotten the instruction manual when you bought each piece of furniture. However, if you don’t have them for no matter the reason there’s a solution for that. You can always go online and check if you can find instruction manuals there. You might even stumble upon a video of someone dismantling that particular piece of furniture! But if you’re in no luck and you don’t find what you needed on the Internet use it to Google the number of the furniture warehouse where you’ve bought that particular piece of furniture. Once you get it, call them and ask them if they could send you a copy of the instruction manual or just a copy of the guide on how to assemble or disassemble it.

Preparing the right tools

Okay, I get that you’re pretty excited by now to start disassembling furniture for a move but bear with me.  Because I’ll ask you to do just one more thing before you start. And this will be the last one, I promise! So what I need you to do is prepare all of the tools and packing supplies that you’re going to need. The reason is, of course, that you would waste so much time if you didn’t. You’d constantly have to go to the basement to get more tools. And that can be quite tricky when you’re in the middle of disassembling a piece of furniture and when you can’t let go of it because it’d fall apart.

So read those construction manuals to figure out what tool you’re going to need. Or if you don’t have them closely inspect the furniture and try if the tools fit. How knows, maybe you don’t even have the needed tool and have to borrow or buy it. And that takes time so be sure to do this before you start disassembling the furniture!

How to disassemble furniture for a move 101

Every piece of furniture disassembles in its own way. However, there are some things that can be applied to all of the furniture. So here are some tips and tricks on how to disassemble furniture for a move:

  1. The best strategy you can have is to disassemble room by room. That is proven to be the fastest way to dismantle everything.
  2. Start from the smallest furniture. For when you finish with that furniture you’ll have more room for the bigger furniture.
  3. Clear the space around the piece of furniture you’re about to disassemble if you want to have more space to maneuver its parts.
  4. And don’t forget to also clear that piece of furniture itself. Fragile things are especially important here because you don’t want to be distracted by worrying about them.
  5. Now that you’ve cleared all the drawers and shelves it’s time to take them out. And don’t forget to detach all of the glass elements if it’s possible.
  6. Following the instructions from the instruction manual dismantle each piece of furniture to as many parts as you can. That way it’ll be easier to pack them and carry them.
  7. If you have trouble with any step of the disassembling process, write it down because you will have to reassemble it soon.
  8. After you’ve finished with disassembling furniture for a move wrap each piece in moving blankets, bubble wrap or packing paper. Put all the little pieces like screws in a plastic bag and attach it to the inside of the properly labeled box where you put that particular piece of furniture.

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