4 Golden Tips and Tricks for Disassembling Furniture

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4 Golden Tips and Tricks for Disassembling Furniture  What makes these tricks golden is the fact that they are: 1) self-proven and 2) fool-tested. The former means that the author has personally tried every one of them (in addition to two dozen others not-so-good methods). The latter stands for how simple they are; almost anyone can follow them. So sit back and enjoy reading the 4 golden tips for disassembling furniture.

Good specialists use their experience to handle things. Very good specialists use experience and some tricks to handle things even better. So you may be good at disassembling furniture, but using the tricks listed here, you can be much better.

1. Label every piece
Self-confidence is a good quality, but don't overestimate your abilities. It's not foolish to label and number everything. This is simply foresight. So do tag and number. Here is the trick - when labeling, use a regular pencil instead of a black marker or sticky notes or sticky labels or whatever. Pencil comes off every wooden, plastic or similar surface without a trace. You only need an eraser! Marker traces can be tricky to erase, and sticky labels sometimes leave sticky residues. Don't cause yourself that additional headache! Use a pencil.

2. Leave the drawers and sliding doors
Before you rush into disassembling, stop yourself and think. In fact, when relocating, less than half of the large pieces of furniture needs to be disassembled, sometimes far less. Drawers and sliding doors belonging to the pieces being taken apart is absolutely unnecessary. Normally, doors and lids on hinges also fall into that category, but they can be exceptions. The trick here is to secure them shut, a step that many people skip to save time. If you haven't read my thoughts aready, I'm talking about good old tape for those drawers and doors and lids and so on, so they don't open and close by themselves. It is worth making the time to do this!

3. Tape the bags of screws under the bigger furniture part
Losing one or more of the small bags contenting all the screws, nuts, etc. for a given piece of furniture is very similar to a volcanic eruption - it happens rarely, but causes a big-scale disaster. Personally, I had some trouble figuring out where I should put those bags during the transportation, and I decided to accommodate them all in a small moving box. But one time that box was misplaced and got buried under other boxes, which almost made me crazy. Since then I follow the above-mentioned tip and tape every bag to the underside of the corresponding piece of furniture. This way I also avoid what happened to a pair of neighbours of mine, who switched two of the bags, creating some confusion when it was time to reassemble the pieces. The trick here is to use small plastic bags for those small items, and not envelopes or paper bags, because they tear easily - screws and nuts and bolts are heavy!

4. Remove all handles and grips
Many people consider this unnecessary. Not by me, of course - I always find the time to disassemble the handles, grips, knobs and all remaining protruding parts of every piece of furniture, including those not being disassembled at all. This is done to protect all other furniture from getting scratched and the moving boxes from being torn, during transport and unloading.

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