Now, you have packed up all of the boxes and have everything ready to go, but what about the big pieces of furniture? These items are probably the hardest to move but it is all worth it once you arrive at your new home with a comfy couch to sit on before the unpacking begins. This process is more than just placing them correctly within a storage container at your Boulder home, take the following tips into consideration as well. 

How to Prepare Furniture When Moving

What You Need to Do Before Moving Furniture

If you’re moving house and you decided to move rather than hiring movers or if your movers aren’t full service and require that you disassemble furniture before they arrive, make sure you know how to prepare furniture for moving and avoid injuries while doing the heavy lifting.

Know What You Have to Move

Take inventory of the items you have, how much time they will take to disassemble and prepare, and what can be prepared in advance of your move.

For instance, the beds may not be able to be taken apart before moving day but your office desk could be.

Measure Doorways and Hallways

Before you start moving furniture out of your old home, you need to make sure that everything will fit through all doorways, hallways, elevators or stairwells.  Sometimes you can move furniture without taking it apart, but for large pieces, like sofas or couches, you may need to remove doors before trying to move them.

My rule of thumb is always to keep furniture in one piece if first, it will fit through hallways and doorways, second, if it’s not too heavy to lift and move, and third if by keeping it in one piece it won’t get damaged during the move.  For instance, I always remove table legs before moving our dining room table as the legs are fragile and I worry that they may break during the move.

Once you know the furniture that needs to be taken apart in order to move it, the next step is to get the right tools and equipment.

Get the Right Tools and Equipment

Select tools you will need to disassemble any legs, table tops, doors or frames. Have plastic sandwich bags (or larger) on hand, along with a permanent marker.  For table tops and table legs or any pieces that are valuable or fragile, make sure you have furniture blankets and packing tape that can be used to wrap and protect these items.

If you’re moving, I also recommend renting a dolly along with straps that will help protect your back and ensure you can move the heavier pieces.

Disassemble First

Prepare the furniture pieces that require disassembly first. These will be the most time-consuming, so it’s best to do them while you’re still feeling energetic.

Remove any parts that can be removed. In particular, table legs, glass tops, shelves or bed frames. Do one piece at a time and save the nuts, bolts, and washers in the plastic bag. Write on the outside which piece it belongs to and which tools are required for reassembly.

Read the full article here: How Do You Prepare Furniture for a Move?