Disassembling your bed for a move might seem like a nuisance, but when done properly with enough hands to help, it can be accomplished in just a matter of minutes. There are four simple steps to follow when disassembling a bed.
How to Disassemble a Bed:
1. Remove all linens, pillows, and bedding
Moving is a great time to give all your bedding a thorough cleaning. Take extra time now to wash your duvet cover, decorative pillowcases, and other bedding that doesn’t get washed as frequently as the sheets. You’ll be glad to have fresh linens to sleep on your first night after moving into your new home. Once the bedding is clean, fold it neatly for packing. Many people like using vacuum seal bags for linens because it reduces the volume of these otherwise bulky items. However, vacuum sealing may wrinkle your sheets and pillow cases more than just packing items in a box. If you opt to box things up, use large or extra-large moving boxes that can accommodate the voluminous linens.
2. Remove the mattress and box spring
You’ll want at least one other person assisting with this step because mattresses and box springs are bulky, heavy, and difficult to handle. First, lift and remove the mattress from the bed and slide into a plastic mattress storage bag. This will keep your mattress from getting scuffed, stained, or damaged during the move. Next, remove the box spring and likewise slip it into a protective bag.
3. Unscrew the headboard and footboard from the bed frame
If you have a decorative headboard and footboard, unscrew them from the metal bedframe. The logistics of this step will vary according to the type of headboard/footboard you have. As you remove hardware, be sure to have a plastic bag on hand to drop the screws, nuts, and bolts into. Seal the baggie shut and secure it to the headboard using tape or plastic wrap.
4. Take apart the main bed frame
If you have a traditional bed, you should be left with a rectangular metal frame once you’ve removed everything else. Remove bolts and screws from the frame, being careful not to strip any of the screws if using an electric screwdriver. Have a baggie ready to drop all the hardware into, then seal and affix to a piece of the frame using tape or plastic wrap.
By taking extra time to keep track of the hardware for your bed and frame, reassembly will be far less frustrating. Additionally, cleaning the linens and protecting your mattress and box spring with a mattress bag will ensure you have a nice, clean bed to slip into after a long moving day. While you can disassemble and reassemble a bed by yourself, when you move with Imperial Moving it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Our team of expert NYC movers is happy to take apart and reassemble your bed as part of your full service NYC moving experience.