Ikea furniture is a stylish, cost effective option for many of us. However, due its very nature, it is not as ‘structurally sound’ as solid wood alternatives. This isn’t necessarily an issue. Until you come to move home. As a removal company, we have plenty of experience dismantling all types of furniture, including flat pack. Therefore, we wanted to share with you our top tips to dismantle Ikea wardrobes to ensure they make it to your new home safe and sound.
Things you will need
- Alan key
- Nail puller
- Small sealable bags
- Shrink wrap
How to Dismantle Ikea Wardrobes
Before you start
- Ensure the area you are working in has plenty of space.
- As you remove each piece, mark down what section it is lightly in pencil. This will help massively when re-assembling.
- Removal any drawers
Removing the doors
- Take the doors off first, using a screwdriver or alan key as appropriate to undo any screws or bolts.
- Once the door is loose, tighten the screws back into the hinge so you do not loose them during the move.
- Tape your bags of nails and dowels to the wardrobe doors so you don’t loose them.
Dismantling the wardrobe carcass
- If the wardrobe has loose shelves, remove these and place to one side.
- If the shelves are fixed (i.e. screwed or bolted), do not remove them at all. They help support its structure and will help keep the wardrobe safe during the move.
- Bring the wardrobe forward and lie it flat on the floor, facing face front.
- Use a nail puller to remove the nails from the backing board and bag them.
- Ensure all dowels are removed and bagged to avoid them breaking during transit.
- Loosen any bolts or screws on one side of the wardrobe first. This includes where it is fixed to the top and bottom.
- Gently knock out that side so it comes away from the carcass.
- Repeat on the other side.
- You should be left with all sides separated, including the top and bottom.
- Tape your bag of dowels to one piece of the carcass so you don’t loose them.
Protection for the home move
- If the doors are mirrored, put them face-to-face with the backboard in the middle to protect the glass. Shrink wrap all pieces together.
- Use blankets to protect each the carcass sections and then shrink wrap to keep it secure.
The key to dismantling flat pack furniture is to take each section piece-by-piece. To ensure they survive your home removal, make sure they are wrapped securely as this will save any dents or chips.
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