A guide to disassembling a bed before relocation

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    Disassembling a bed before relocation can make your life 10 times easier. Instead of having to carry the whole bed and worry if it’ll squeeze through the door, it’s best to just take it apart. Today, we at Fairfax Transfer and Storage would like to share our guide to disassembling a bed. We’ll cover each part of the process, and talk about reassembly afterward. It’s vital for a smooth relocation to disassemble huge pieces of furniture! Let’s get into it.

    Remove everything from the bed

    Before you start disassembling anything, you need to strip the bed completely. Remove all the pillows and bedding from the bed. Next, you should wash and dry all of your linen and put it somewhere in storage for the move. Bedding, pillows, and linen should be placed in sturdy cardboard moving boxes. Or you could opt for plastic bins if you wish to have more protection. Plastic bags might sound like a good idea, but trust us that they aren’t. In plastic bags, moisture can easily accumulate and damage your items. Also, your local movers VA can help you out with packing or unpacking. If you choose to hire packing services, you can have professionals pack up everything and transport it safely.

    A woman preparing for disassembling a bed before relocation
    Remove everything from your bed before you begin

    Remove the mattress and the base of the bed

    Beds are usually made up of 5 pieces:

    • bed frame
    • headboard
    • footboard
    • bed base
    • mattress

    So, our next course of action is to remove the mattress and the base. Once these two items are removed, disassembling the remaining three will be much easier. Disassembling a bed before relocation doesn’t have to be hard at all. You just need to follow a few simple steps and make sure that you save all of the screws along the way. It’s best to keep them in small Ziploc bags to prevent losing them.

    Matress on a bed
    First off, remove the mattress, and then you’ll have no trouble disassembling the rest of the bed.

    Unscrew the headboard and footboard from the bed frame

    This is where collecting the screws comes into play. As soon as you remove a screw from a hole on the frame, you should mark them. You can mark them by colors, maybe different color tapes. Or, you could write down numbers on the screw and on the hole where it goes. We’d also recommend re-screwing washers and nuts onto screws and bolts. This way you’ll know where each piece goes and won’t make a problem for yourself. Just remember to mark everything in a way that makes sense to you! You are the one who will reassemble it later on, so make it easy on yourself.

    Also, packing service Northern Virginia can help you out with disassembling your bed before relocation. They’ve done that a million times before and know exactly how to go about it. And the best part? These professionals will reassemble the bed as well as disassemble it! This takes a huge weight off of your shoulders. If by the end of this article you still feel unsure about doing everything by yourself, consider hiring good packing services.

    The slats and the rails

    Now, if your bed doesn’t have a base, you will most likely have slats to support the mattress. This means that you’ll need to remove the bed slats from the rails. On one hand, if the slats are joined together, you might be able to simply roll them up and move your bed frame like that. But, if they aren’t joined together, then you’ll need to unscrew each slat individually. This can take a long time, but you should still do it, no matter how lazy you might feel. Again, you need to keep track of where each slat goes. Often, their places are interchangeable, but you don’t want to risk it. If it ends up that each slat goes just into its place and you don’t know its place, you can have a very hard time reassembling your bed. And your bed is the most important piece of furniture after the move!

    Place all the screws, bolts, etc. in Ziploc bags

    There’s nothing worse than trying to reassemble your bed so you can finally go to sleep, and suddenly you realize you don’t have all of the needed pieces to assemble it. So, instead of crying and then sleeping on the mattress on the floor, organize your screws, nuts, bolts, and washers in Ziploc bags. The best way to go about it is to place the screws from one area of the bed into one Ziploc bag. For example, the screws from your headboard can all go into one bag labeled “Headboard”. Another great tip we can share is to tape these Ziploc bags to the frame in places you know the tape won’t damage the wood.

    Screws on a table
    Keep your screws in a place you know you can find them!

    Wrap the bed frame

    When wrapping up the bed frame, the material you use is key. It’s best to use bubble wrap as it will prevent the frame from getting scratched, or being dented. Many moving services Northern VA have moving materials for rent, so be sure to ask around. Instead of buying materials, you won’t need again, you can rent out some of the things you need and pay much less. If the frame is wooden though, it’s best to wrap it with moving blankets so the plastic doesn’t create a sauna for your wooden frames.

    Wrap the mattress

    In the end, all that’s left is to wrap up the mattress properly. This is the most important part of the bed and requires some care. Wrap it up in moving blankets and make sure it has enough room in the moving truck! If they aren’t wrapped up properly, they can easily get damaged. Good luck disassembling a bed before relocation and enjoy your new home!

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