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The Whys and Hows of Breaking Down Furniture to Store

Moving into a smaller home requires downsizing. But if this is a temporary move, selling, giving away, or throwing out the excess furniture isn't a forward-thinking option. Storing your furniture gives you choices later on.

Instead of stuffing your storage unit until there's no room, consider breaking down your furniture. Before your move, take a look at the whys and hows of breaking down larger-sized items for storage.

Make the Move Easier

Even though you aren't taking all your furniture with you, these items still have to go from space to space. In this case, they're going from your former home to the storage unit. Along with making it easier to store your oversized items, breaking them down first makes the move itself easier.

Instead of having to rent a truck or hire extra help, you may be able to move the furniture pieces by yourself (or with minimal assistance) in a car, SUV, or van.

Consult the Manual

Did the item come with a manual? Some assemble-it-yourself furniture comes with detailed written or pictorial instructions. If you still have this on hand, reverse the directions to break down the item.

Ask for Help

Breaking down furniture isn't always a one-person job. If the item is heavy, requires lifting, or is awkward in any way, having help disassembling it can make the process safer — for both you and the furniture item itself.

Use the Right Tools

Before you start breaking down the furniture, gather the tools that you'll need for the job. The specific tools that this job requires depend on the furniture and how it's held together. Some furniture, such as a table with twist-off legs, may not require anything special. But you may need a hammer, rubber mallet, pliers, flat-head screwdriver, Phillips-head screwdriver, hexagonal wrench, or other similar type of tool.

Remove Glass or Mirrors

It's common for coffee, end, and dining tables to have a glass or mirrored top to them. If your furniture has a highly breakable surface, remove it first. This lowers the risk of cracking or shattering the glass/mirror as you disassemble the item.

Along with removing the glass or mirror, pack it separately. A fragile item requires cushioning and the proper handling during a move. Never place it back on top of the table (or other piece of furniture) or move it in a box along with other items.

Label Parts

You may want to use one of the many items that are in storage before the others. If you need to remove the dining room table, a sofa, or any other piece of furniture, you need all the parts. Labeling the parts is an easy way to make sure that you remove everything from the storage unit before transporting it to another location.

Keep It Together

Not only will labeling help you to take each part of the item with you (if you have to remove it from storage), but keeping everything together can also make the process easier. Instead of having to search the storage unit for all of your table's legs or other components, all you need to do is gather the items from one area.

Bag Hardware

Anything from small screws to handles and other hardware are easy to lose. If you don't have these items on hand, reassembling your furniture pieces is almost impossible. Pack the hardware into zipper baggies or a similar container. Make sure that the bag or container is completely closed, and tape it to the item that it goes to.

Are you downsizing? Do you need a storage unit for your furniture excess? Contact Blanco Self Storage for more information.