Collapsing furniture is a headache. Dismantling a bed frame can take up a lot of time, especially when you’re trying to hurry through packing. Taking down bookcases, cabinets, and desks can feel like a waste of time. But it’s almost always better to break down the furniture to its frame and components.

Minimize the risk of damage and stripped holes.

If your furniture is made with nuts and bolts holding the joints together, then don’t leave the metal parts in place. Those joints are meant to hold steady under pressure, but they aren’t built to deal with movement. The moving process can knock the parts slightly loose, and they’ll jangle the whole ride to your new home. Even worse, that movement and friction will strip the holes.

Keep track of the hardware with an easy organization system.

There’s nothing more annoying than breaking down your furniture and then losing the hardware. Instead of just putting it in a box and thinking that you’ll be able to find it later, keep a consistent system for everything. You can:

  1. Get a tackle box and label each compartment to organize all of your furniture’s screws and bolts, or
  2. Put each piece of furniture’s hardware in a plastic bag and duct tape it to the frame.

Don’t trust easy cheats.

The Internet is full of hacks and easy cheats for moving. But cutting corners can be hard on your belongings. The vast majority of seemingly simple advice is also largely untested and watered down into various graphics. So don’t leave your collapsible furniture uncollapsed, and don’t leave things in their drawers, especially in plastic containers. It’s better to take a little bit longer to make sure your belongings are secured.

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