IKEA has been around in the UK for over 30 years, and changed furniture forever all across the world. Flat pack furniture can now be found almost everywhere, from inexpensive to higher end products. Most of us have at least one piece of flat pack furniture from IKEA or another company in our homes.
Now that you're moving home, you need to think about moving any flat pack furniture in your home - we've got some tips for you!
Talk with your removal surveyor
During your removal estimate survey, talk with the surveyor about your furniture. They'll be able to tell you what will most likely need to be dismantled or not for your move. When planning your move, don't forget about your new home - will there be any tight corners, difficult staircases or other issues which may mean that furniture coming out assembled from your current home won't fit into your new home without being disassembled?
We usually dismantle and reassemble most beds (bunk beds and cabin beds are an exception for reassembly) during a removal, along with simple wardrobes, bookcases, etc - but be sure to discuss this with your surveyor for details.
Look at your furniture
Moving home is the perfect time to make some changes with your furniture. Take a look at your current furniture; are any pieces a bit wobbly or damaged, or have they been moved before?
Was the item assembled inside the room where it currently is placed? It may need to be disassembled prior to being moved.
Does it need to be disassembled?
Not all flat pack furniture should be disassembled when you're moving. In fact, smaller pieces should not be taken apart to be moved - they're sturdier
and easier to move as one piece
Questions to ask yourself about your flat pack furniture
Has it been dismantled before?
Most flat pack furniture can manage being dismantled and reassembled once - but because the screw holes tend to get bigger each time they're reassembled, it may no longer be secure once reassembled and should be disposed of
Will it fit in your new home?
Your wardrobe may fit through the door and down the stairs in your current home without being taken apart - but will it go upstairs without a problem in your new home?
Do you want to reassemble it again?
Sometimes we can reassemble all of your furniture, however, there are times where you might need to do it - do you want to do this (without the original instructions, as most of us put these in the rubbish after the initial assembly!)
Did you assemble it yourself?
How long did it take you to assemble the piece originally? It will probably take us the same amount of time to reassemble it, which may add to the price of your move
Have you lost the instructions or a bolt?
If you purchased your flat pack furniture from IKEA, they have instructions available for their items online - for products they no longer sell, get in touch with them for the instructions - for items they're currently selling, instructions are usually on their website (here's the instructions to a Billy bookcase, just in case you're missing those!)
If you've lost an IKEA peg, bolt, screw or other fastener, pop into IKEA where you can find bins of replacements in the customer service department
Things to remember
If you're disassembling your furniture yourself, be sure to put all the bits and pieces together in a plastic bag - and label it so you know where they came from. If you're taking apart more than one piece of furniture, keep the bits for each piece in their own bag, so you don't get confused when you begin to put them together again.
Take photos of how the furniture looked before you took it apart, and of any joints or difficult sections that you encounter - it will help you if you're reassembling your furniture in your new home
How may we help with your removal?
Britannia Bradshaw can help your removal go smoothly.Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester), 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham & Coventry) and speak with a removals specialist.
No matter how you choose to move your flat pack furniture, we're on hand to help. Talk to your surveyor or ring our office to discuss any concerns you have - we're glad to help!
Our removal customer reviews
We are proud of the removals service we provide for our customers
Our removal and storage reviews are taken from our Customer Care Survey, which is sent to every customer after their move is completed.
Removal Service9.8 out of 10
based on 753 ratings (753 user reviews) as of 4 February 2019
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Offered the best quote for removal, and were very accommodating and professional. Very friendly and hard working. The packaging was done very well. I've recommended you to another lady who is moving her family to Canada.
Written by: Madeline McPherson
Date published: 25/1/2019
10 / 10 stars
They made everything so easy
You were recommended by a friend who had used you in the past. Lynne was fantastic from start to finish. Having never used a removal firm before, I had lots of questions and Lynne answered every single one promptly and in full. It was a comfort to hear her voice when she answered the phone because I knew that whatever I was calling for would be dealt with perfectly
John and Alan could not have been more helpful. They made everything so easy and were delightful to work with to get the house cleared. I didn't see them at the destination but my partner, Gary was very impressed with their efficiency and enthusiasm to get the new house just as he wanted it. The only thing that would have made things easier would have been to have had more rolls of tape with the boxes. I received 3 rolls and 45 boxes which ran out quite quickly. I bought more tape but the quality I could buy was far less superior than yours and so the removal team had to re-tape a lot of boxes before they moved them, particularly down the stairs. Apart from that tiny issue (which caused more of a problem for your team than for me) the service could not have been any better.
Written by: Joanne White
Date published: 22/1/2019
10 / 10 stars
Amazing throughout - Especially with the delivery abroad and last minute date changes...the most professional of the 3 companies we obtained quotes from. Friendly, helpful and respectful
Written by: Andy Brotherton
Date published: 3/1/2019
10 / 10 stars
Not sure you could [improve], went like clockwork. Very professional. Jacki at Halesowen is very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Best of the firms that we contacted
Written by: Ron Hadley
Date published: 18/12/2018
9.9 / 10 stars
Value for money
Because you explained everything in detail and it fitted our requirements. You were not the cheapest but we think we got value for money
Written by: Andrew Fox
Date published: 6/12/2018
9.9 / 10 stars
You made moving stress free!
Obtained quote and we were very impressed with the professionalism of everyone we dealt with. Lynne was really helpful and could answer all of our questions. The guys were absolutely fantastic. They explained timings, checked our requirements and kept us informed on progress throughout the move. You made moving stress free!
Written by: Hannah Burling
Date published: 29/11/2018
10 / 10 stars
Punctual, professional but very friendly & helpful to our young family
Professional and informative - initial query and follow on level of service and competitive quote allowed us to choose Britannia
The interim care (between removals and redelivery) by the administration staff was excellent. Lynne was helpful and nothing was ever too difficult. Both the removals and redelivery were excellent from start to finish. Punctual, professional but very friendly and helpful to our young family.
Written by: Simon Barlow
Date published: 26/11/2018
10 / 10 stars
I would unreservedly recommend Britannia Bradshaw
Just that it was excellent, from end to end. I would unreservedly recommend Britannia Bradshaw to friends and, should we move, will be a returning customer. Your staff are a credit to the company, especially our movers who were with us on the day. Thank you for making our move a wonderful, stress-free, experience. Nothing could have improved the service we received - it was seamless.
After months of a stressful move, we wanted a company who ‘knew what they were doing’ so to speak, and it was the best decision we’ve made. We have only ever previously used ‘a man and a van’ for removals, and will never go back! More money, yes, but worth every penny.
I cannot fault [the removal men]. A wonderful team; professional, careful, knowledgeable, helpful and funny. They made our move, which had been incredible stressful up until that point, an enjoyable experience. I don’t think the day would have been the same without them.
Written by: Hannah Martin
Date published: 9/11/2018
10 / 10 stars
We couldn't recommend you highly enough
Could only say I would gladly recommend the crew and service as excellent. Our moving date was not finalised until quite late on and it was a bit of a rush. We were very pleased and happy that we chose you. Well worth the cost for an excellent professional service, extras such as cardboard wardrobe boxes, covering bed with airtight plastic to store. What look like blankets but don't think they are to cover my son's paintings/artwork which are very precious to him to keep out dust and damp. All very much appreciated. We couldn't recommend you highly enough - Thank you. You made a highly stressful time a lot easier thanks to your wonderful removed men.
Removal crew were very helpful and I could not praise them enough. My son is very ill and crew were so thoughtful, kind and considerate. They made our house move as painless as it could be. They are a credit to your Firm and their families. We would like to say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Sonic and Luco who I call the two Marks They were both a real Godsend on the day and so happy and cheerful too. Good Luck Mark with your fundraising for BHF xxx
Written by: Stuart Wilson
Date published: 5/11/2018
10 / 10 stars
I would recommend Britannia to friends and family
Our removal team, namely Paul, Steve, Ash and Connor worked fast and efficiently, they made light work of what was a heavy duty move. All of them were friendly and courteous at all times. Due to them and Martin who quoted for organised our move I would recommend Britannia to friends and family.