How to Disassemble a Bed

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Your bed is unlike most large furniture you'll be packing and loading onto the truck for your move, and not only because it's arguably the most important item you will bring with you. Your bed is different because rather than simply wrapping it in a few moving blankets and carrying it out of your house, you will first need to disassemble the bed before packing and wrapping each part separately and then loading it onto the moving truck.

Your typical bed comes in several different pieces that you'll have to take care of when it comes time to pack, including the bedding, the mattresses, the headboard and footboard. Read on for some tips on how to correctly disassemble your bed for your move.

Disassembling your bed

Disassembling your bed and preparing it for the move will require more than just taking your pillows off and throwing them in a pile on the floor. You're also going to need to take apart your entire bed frame, including your headboard and your footboard, so that you can more easily maneuver it out of your house and onto the truck.
  • Remove all bedding and pillows from the bed. Strip your bed completely of all bedding and pillows. That means you'll need to remove all of your sheets and comforters and quilts and pack them separately for the move. Make sure to wrap these items carefully or pack them in plastic comforter covers so they aren't damaged while on the truck.
  • Lift the mattress and box spring from the bed frame and remove them. Your bed will essentially be moved in five separate pieces: the bed frame, the headboard, the footboard, the box spring and the mattress. Since the mattress is the largest and heaviest piece (not to mention the most expensive), you'll need to take the steps necessary to protect it prior to the move, such as wrapping it properly and making sure you have the right sized mattress box to pack it in.
  • Unscrew the footboard and headboard from the main frame of the bed and remove them. Carefully unscrew each screw or bolt that is holding both the headboard and the footboard to the frame. Make sure to keep track of which screw belongs in which place, so you can easily reassemble it when the time comes. If necessary, mark the screws with permanent marker or a piece of colored tape.
  • Place all screws and small pieces in a marked plastic bag and pack it with the bed. You won't be able to reassemble your bed at your new home if you can't find the screws that hold it together. Pack them all in a clear plastic bag that is appropriately labeled and tape the bag to the bed using packing tape. This way, the parts will not be separated from the bed during the move.

Wrapping and protecting your bed frame and bedding

In addition to wrapping and protecting your bed frame, headboard and footboard during the move, you'll also have to take care of your bedding and mattress to make sure they aren't torn and damaged during your move:
  • Pack your bedding and mattress separately. You have two options for packing your mattress and box spring: you can either purchase a specially designed mattress box that you can order based on the size of your mattress, or you can wrap the mattress in packing wrap or moving blankets to protect it while it's on the truck. Depending on your moving budget, you may choose to forego the mattress box - in that case, make sure you have properly wrapped your mattress and box spring to protect them from dirt and debris during the move. Pack your bedding in large boxes with lots of packing paper lining the sides and bottom to keep the bedding and pillows protected.
  • Wrap the headboard and footboard with moving blankets. Moving blankets or moving pads will help to cushion the headboard and footboard from any potential damage they could sustain while on the moving truck. If they are particularly fragile and you want extra protection, you can even place a layer of moving pads first, followed by a moving blanket wrapped around it.
  • Do NOT use bubble wrap or plastic wrap if any part of your bed frame or headboard is made of wood. Plastic has a tendency to constrict and can damage wood furniture when placed in direct contact with the wood. If you have wooden headboards and footboards, make sure you place a layer of moving pads or blankets around them first, before wrapping the pieces in bubble wrap or plastic shrink wrap.
  • Hold the blankets, pads, and wrapping in place with packing tape. To keep all of the layers of protective cushioning and wrapping in place during the move, secure them with a few layers of packing tape on each end. If your items become unwrapped while in transit, they run the risk of being scratched or nicked on the truck and you'll be disappointed to find a damaged headboard and footboard arrive at your new home.

Hire professionals

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Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on February 20, 2014

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