When moving home, it helps if you can be well-prepared. This will save both you and your removalists time and hassle on the day of your move. One way in which you can help to smooth the process is by dismantling bulky items of furniture such as wooden bunk beds. Here's a quick guide on how to do it.
How to disassemble wooden bunk beds
The only tools that you need for this job are a hammer or mallet and a screwdriver. You'll also need some packing tape, removable sticky labels, and a marker pen.
With the exception of the mattress support slats, you'll need to label each item as you disassemble it. This will make sure that you don't struggle to reassemble the bunks when you reach your destination.
- First of all, strip the mattresses of sheets and other linens and remove them from the bunks.
- Next, you need to remove the slats that support each mattress. These strips run parallel widthways across the beds, resting on the edge of each side rail and supporting the mattress. These slats are free-resting so, to remove them, all you need to do is lift them off. Place the slats in packing boxes, stacked on their horizontal edges to avoid warping during storage.
- Now you need to remove the side rails from each bunk. To do this, you'll need to remove the leg and rail joint that attaches the side rails to the foot and headboards. Take a pair of pliers and pull out all the dowels that support each joint. You may need to tap the inside end of each dowel with a hammer, simultaneously pulling the dowel with your pliers.
- Once the dowels have been removed, tap the area on the headboard above the rail and leg joint. This will release the joint and allow you to remove the side rail. Separate all four joints and then stack the rails, footboard and headboard ready for removal.
- Now remove the safety rail from the upper bunk. To do this, simply unscrew the four retaining screws and tape them to the side of the safety rail so that they don't get lost during the move.
Dismantling your wooden bunk beds is a relatively simple job that you can carry out yourself by following the above guidelines. However, if you'd rather leave this to an expert, your furniture removalists will be pleased to do the job for you.