Furniture Pieces That Need To Be Dismantled Before Loading
Furniture always poses a challenge during a house moving exercise. Other items can comfortably fit into packing boxes which you later seal and label. However, furniture pieces such as dining sets, living room couches and entertainment units require loading onto a truck while intact. Before you start moving your furniture out of the house, you should ascertain that it can fit through stairways, elevators, hallways, and doorways. By the time professional movers arrive to start carrying things from the house to the lorry, you should have made up your mind on what to dismantle.
Criteria for disassembling furniture
Since tearing the pieces apart requires some skill and a set of tools, you should first take stock. Plan how to move by first identifying the type of furniture in your possession. These vary from house to house, but the common ones include a sofa, bookshelves, coffee table, beds, cabinets and so on. Out of these make a note of those that can get damaged if moved intact.
Furniture that you can take apart:
The style used by the bed makers determines whether you can pull it apart or not. For example, you can tear apart a bed made of metal frames with screws at the joints. The same thing applies to wooden frames. However, beds with drawers, sleigh beds, and bunk beds require someone with craftsmanship.
Dining room table
To bring it apart, flip the table upside down and locate the screw pins connecting the legs to the tabletop. Using a screwdriver or wrench separate the legs. Before flipping it over, remember to spread a blanket or bedsheet on the carpet to protect the top from damage. Also, keep the screws in a plastic bag and label it accordingly.
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For these units, you do not have to break them down completely. Instead, remove shelves that float on notches or pegs. After that pack them together in a padded surface such as a towel or blanket. You should be more careful when removing glass shelves.
These consist of several sections attached to each other and you need to locate the interlinking screws and remove them using a screwdriver. Then, put the blots in a plastic bag or fasten them together using masking tape. During separation make a careful note of how the pieces fit into each other so that when reassembling, you only need to repeat the process in reverse.
Not every furniture item requires disassembly. Review your possessions and earmark those that you need to take apart. For beds, unscrew or unhook the joints to separate the frames. Dining table requires flipping over before removing the connecting bolts. If you have bookshelves, just remove the floating shelves, and the unit is ready for loading. Entertainment units come with sections. Find the joining screws and remove them carefully. You should plan for this activity a day or two before the movers arrive. It not only protects your valuable pieces from damage but also speeds up the move.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
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