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How To Dismantle Furniture Before Moving | Step By Step Guide

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How To Dismantle Furniture Before Moving | Step By Step Guide

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Take out the tools — it’s time to take down your furniture! Dismantling your furniture before your move sounds like a big job when you already have so many other things to do, but this is definitely a must if you have any bulky furniture that needs transporting.

Dismantling your furniture will decrease the chances of your furniture getting damaged during the move. You can also save on costs if you do it yourself, especially when using an affordable furniture removal company.

Not only do you save space and allow you to fit more in at a better deal, but you also save money on the furniture disassembly fee from your furniture removal company if you do it yourself.

While it seems like a no-brainer, it can be a bit tricky! Find out everything you need to know about how to dismantle furniture before a move and more below.

5 Tips And Tricks To Help You Dismantle Furniture

Dismantling your furniture is no easy task, but it’s exponentially easier if you know the best tips and tricks. Here are some tips to help you save time, money and energy!

Measure Your Furniture and Doorways

Measuring furniture before disassembly

Dust off your tape measure, you’ve got some work to do! Measure the dimensions of your bulky furniture that you think might need to be dismantled, then measure the doorways of both your old and new home.

Anything too big to fit through will need to be dismantled. You then also don’t have to waste any time dismantling furniture items that actually can fit and are not at risk of getting damaged.

You can also let your moving company know in advance in case they need to make any other plans to get furniture items into your new home.

Ask For a Helper

DIY doesn’t mean you have to do it entirely on your own. Before you get stuck into (or under) dismantling your furniture, call up a friend to give you a hand. Some of the furniture may require two people, plus it will save you loads of time and energy.

You can even contact your movers to see if they offer any dismantling assistance free of charge to give you some professional help.

Use The Instruction Manuals

Furniture Disassembly

Before you start pulling things apart, first give the instruction manual a quick read-through. Especially with more complex pieces of furniture or items that need to be taken apart in a specific order.

If you can’t find the instruction manual, you should be able to look it up online if you know the model or make of the piece of furniture.

Gather Up Your Tools

You don’t want to be reaching with one hand for tools that aren’t there while the other hand is trying to keep a couch from falling on your toes. So make sure that you’ve gathered every tool that you’ll need before getting started.

This includes tools like the right screwdrivers for screws, a wrench for nuts and bolts, and possibly a small hammer and pliers. Don’t forget to get any packaging supplies on hand, such as moving boxes, bubble wrap and furniture blankets.

Get Out The Ziplock Bags

The last thing you want is to take out some screws and not remember where they went, so it's necessary to set up an organising system beforehand. The best way to do it is with some Ziploc bags and a marker.

Separate different sets of screws and bolts for each item into a small Ziploc bag and label it with the marker so that you know exactly where it goes when you need to put it back together.

How To Dismantle Common Furniture Items

Dismantling Common Furniture Items

Now that you have everything you need ready, you can start dismantling furniture! Here are some pointers on how to dismantle some common furniture items. While most furniture items vary, the basics should still apply.


    • Remove all bedding and pack it in a separate box.
    • Remove the mattress and any drawers within the bed frame.
    • Unscrew the headboard and sideboards of the bed.
    • Disassemble your bed frame into as many separate pieces as possible.
    • Wrap each large piece in a furniture blanket and each smaller or fragile piece in bubble wrap.

Desks And Tables

Furniture Assembly

    • Remove any drawers or movable pieces.
    • Unscrew the legs of the table or desk.
    • Secure the legs with tape to keep them together.
    • Remove any extendable centre pieces or glass elements and wrap them in bubble wrap.
    • Safely unscrew and disassemble the table or desk if it is made up of multiple parts until it can’t be separated anymore.
    • Wrap the larger pieces in furniture blankets.

Wardrobes And Dressers

Wardrobe and Dressers Disassembling

    • Remove all drawers, shelves, and any other movable or fragile items like a mirror and wrap them up in bubble wrap or furniture blankets.
    • Unscrew and remove any doors, wrapping in furniture blankets.
    • Disassemble them into as many pieces as possible

China Cabinet

 Dismantling China Cabinet

    • Empty your cabinet and ensure you wrap all delicate and fragile items securely in bubble wrap.
    • Unscrew and remove all draws, shelves, and doors, and wrap them in furniture blankets or bubble wrap if they are made from glass.
    • If the cabinet is too big, separate your cabinet into two halves; wrapping each in furniture blankets.


    • Pack away any objects on your couch, like cushions, covers and blankets.
    • Unscrew or twist off the legs of the couch or sofa, as well as any other removable elements, wrapping them in furniture blankets.
    • Remove armrests if you can and you need to make it smaller to fit through doorways.

Ready to Move?

Dismantling your furniture might take some work, but it’s so worth it when you consider the money and potential damage you’re saving. So put on your favourite music, invite over a friend and make a day of it! Plus, by following these simple tips on how to dismantle your furniture, you’ll save both time and energy.

If you’re not keen on doing it yourself, ask your movers to send some extra help to get the job done professionally.

Need an affordable furniture removal company that will treat your furniture as if it were their own? Spread across South Africa, Wise Move offers an affordable, seamless experience with every one of our teams equipped to make your furniture removals process quick, efficient and safe.

Never waste time again on endless calls, negotiations and emails. Next time you need furniture removals, make the wise move with Wise Move!

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