When relocating, there is always an unbelievable amount of obstacles you will face. Where to live. How to afford it. Packing. The list is never ending. Another challenge you will also run into is deciding which belongings you should take with you and which you should leave behind. One item, in particular, is your couch. Whether you are a couch potato or not … whether you spent a lot of money on it or got it fairly cheap from a thrift store … a couch is one piece of furniture that becomes very well loved. The very idea of getting rid of it may even feel like disowning and old, dependable friend. In order to figure out if you should take your couch on your moving adventure, here are some things to consider:
- Is it valuable? Was your couch made by a famous manufacturer, or was it a meaningful gift from someone important to you? Is it a priceless family heirloom or considered an antique? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your couch holds value, and you should definitely take it with you.
- What is its current condition? Your couch may be worn in just the way you like it, but the older and more worn out it is, chances are leaving it behind is your best choice. This way you can start fresh and purchase a new couch to go in your new home.
If after lengthy consideration you’ve decided your couch is worth relocating with you, there are several things to consider. This article will provide you with knowledge on:
- How to disassemble a couch for moving;
- How to properly wrap a couch for moving; and
- What equipment is needed to move a couch.
How to Disassemble a Couch
Unless your couch consists of stationary cushions, you will need to disassemble it. Not only will detaching certain elements of your couch make it easier and safer to transport, it will also prevent unexpected property damage like if a protruding part accidentally hits a doorway or corner. Here
are some tips on how to take your couch apart.
The goal of disassembling your couch before relocating is to strip it as much as possible. The first step is to remove its legs. This will eliminate a number of difficulties during the moving process. Couch legs are typically screwed to the frame structure, so simply use the correct screwdriver to remove them. Along with disengaging the legs of your couch, remove all other parts that can be done so safely, like armrests, cushions, covers, etc.
As you remove screws and other hardware pieces, be sure to place them directly into a plastic bag or small container with a tight lid. Staying organized is the best way to avoid losing important parts, as well as eliminate frustration down the road.
If you are at a loss for how to disassemble your couch, don’t fret. Call a friend or contact professional movers who can provide you with expert help.
How to Properly Wrap a Couch
After your couch has been disassembled, your next step is properly wrapping it so it will remain in perfect condition until it reaches its final post-move destination.
- The first step is to gather a sufficient amount of bubble wrap (bigger bubbles will prove more protective). Check to ensure bubble wrap is clean, otherwise you risk dirtying up your couch. Then, wrap all parts you have removed from your couch and place them inside of a cardboard moving box. Label the box accordingly to make post-move unpacking easier.
- Does your couch have protruding parts that are unable to be removed? If so, be sure to handle these areas with extra care because they are especially prone to damage. To protect these fragile components, cover them well with bubble wrap and secure it with packing tape. *Avoid damage by never placing packing tape directly over upholstery or polished wood surfaces.
- If your couch reclines or folds out into a bed, you will need to take extra precautions so no damage or bodily injuries occur while moving. The best way to do this is by securing it closed with a furniture strap or strong piece of rope to prevent it from opening during transportation.
- If your couch is valuable – whether an antique piece of furniture or cost you a fortune to purchase – provide it with extra protection by covering it from top to side to bottom in shrink wrap. This will help ensure it remains fully protected against moisture, dirt and dust.
- The last step to wrapping your couch is to cover it in thick, protective coverings. Try renting or purchasing furniture blankets from a local moving company, or if all else fails, opt for household blankets. Be sure to secure coverings with strong packing tape.
What Equipment is Needed to Move a Couch?
Your couch may now be ready to be hauled to the moving truck, but before you can carry it onboard, you will need to obtain the proper equipment. There are two items that you will be very grateful to have: furniture sliders and furniture dollies.
- Furniture sliders: Is your couch really heavy? If it is, you may intend to slide your couch across the floor in order to move it. To avoid scratches on the floor or damage to your couch, furniture sliders will be of great help. This equipment is made up of a piece of sturdy plastic with one side made of hard rubber in order to minimize friction between your furniture and the floor. Simply place the slider under each leg of your couch – or corners, if legs have been removed – and push it toward the door.
- Furniture dollies: You’ve probably heard of – or even seen – a moving dolly/hand truck before (L-shaped and best meant for stacking boxes or heavy appliances, like washing machines). But there are also dollies designed specifically for furniture. Furniture dollies are one of the greatest inventions to ever hit the moving world – so take advantage of this must-use tool. Furniture dollies are made up of a four-wheel square platform that sits low to the ground for easy loading/unloading. It allows your couch, or other furniture items, to be easily rolled, saving you from the stress of lifting and carrying.
For more information on how to relocate your couch, contact ABC Movers.