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 635 ratings (635 user reviews) as of 8 June 2018
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All three guys (Pete, Simon and Stephen) were fantastic super friendly, helpful and made a stressful experience not stressful at all. Good laugh whilst staying professional
Written by: Kim Frost
Date published: 6/6/2018
10 / 10 stars
Was a pleasure to move
Recommended by a friend. All were absolutely excellent! A big thanks to the Friday crew who had to juggle two jobs as someone was injured so called in sick to work that morning - couldn’t fault them. Would highly recommend. Was a pleasure to move as a result - very little stress thanks to your team(s).
Written by: Amanda Szuszman
Date published: 5/6/2018
10 / 10 stars
Delighted by the efficiency and attitude of your removal crew
Good price, met my removal date requirement. Delighted by the efficiency and attitude of your removal crew.
Written by: Steve Granville
Date published: 20/5/2018
9.7 / 10 stars
How can you improve perfection?
It was the most professional company. Truly efficient and very friendly. How can you improve perfection?
Written by: Ray Burnley
Date published: 16/5/2018
10 / 10 stars
Value for money & exactly matched what we wanted
Value for money and exactly matched what we wanted. Great & pleasant bunch of guys, worked very hard
Written by: Mike Harrison
Date published: 4/5/2018
10 / 10 stars
We couldn't have asked for a better service
Flyer through the door brought their services to our attention; friendly and helpful quotation process; generally the feeling that we were booking with an expensive but therefore reliable firm, to be trusted, rather than taking risks by booking a cheaper less reliable removals company. Also availability - they were able to fit our booking in at very short notice.
The guys were fantastic (Dave, Chris and Mickey) - we couldn't have asked for a better service. We were feeling incredibly stressed out by the legalities of our house move (which were still going on) and they took away all of the stress from the actual move itself. We are very grateful for their kind and efficient help with our move. We felt we were in safe hands! Please pass on our thanks.
Written by: Ellie Crompton
Date published: 1/5/2018
10 / 10 stars
Competence, speed & patience
Haven't moved for 30 years, rather apprehensive but all done with competence, speed and patience!
Written by: Margaret Squires
Date published: 17/4/2018
10 / 10 stars
You moved us last time and were great then, too
You moved us last time and were great then, too. Mark, Andy and Ryan were absolutely fantastic. Couldn't have been more helpful or courteous