Decide which pieces of furniture to take apart. Moving can be difficult, especially if you have a lot of large pieces of furniture. If possible, you’ll want to disassemble items that will not fit through doorways or down a narrow staircase. You should also think about taking apart fragile items or highly valuable items, as they can be easier to move in pieces. A list of items you want to disassemble might include:
- Armoires or wall cabinets
Take pictures of each piece of furniture that you want to disassemble. Don’t forget, you’ll need to put the pieces of furniture back together again. It is a good idea to take pictures of the disassembling process so that you can have a visual reminder of what things are supposed to look like.
- Take multiple pictures to record each step of the process. You can reference the pictures when you put the piece back together again.
Purchase packing supplies. Furniture should generally not be placed in a truck without wrapping it in some sort of protective material. After you’ve completed your inventory, consider what you’ll need to move each piece of furniture. For example, items like couches will generally be wrapped in blankets and tape. Something like a lamp might be wrapped in bubble wrap. You can purchase supplies at your local hardware store or online. Potential supplies include:
- Sofa/mattress covers or blankets
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic wrap
- Packing/sealing tape