How To Disassemble A Bed Frame For Moving? – 5 Steps From Pros!

One day, you’ve found a new place you prefer over the current one and want to settle there as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it’s pretty time-consuming to transport large and complicated-structured furniture like a wardrobe or a bed. 

So today, we will show you how to disassemble a bed frame for moving so that your moving journey will be smoother and more efficient. 

Why Should You Disassemble Your Bed Frame Before Moving?

A bed frame is big and bulky and having the capability of assembly and disassembly is one of the standards for most bed frames. And this function is beneficial every time you want to load your bed to another place. Because we usually encounter some of these troubles on the house move not to solve the problem of bunk beds.

Solid-large items won’t fit through the doorway

Your door is designed for the size of one person to get in and out, some of our furniture pieces will be compact to pass through, but an oversized bed frame has no chance to make its way through if it was in the form of a one-block. It will get stuck in the doorway and occupy more room on the moving truck. 

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Consider things before moving

Mitigate the damage

The idea of moving out as quickly as possible might be tempting you; however, it can lead to irreparable damage. If you are too rushed and don’t organize the items carefully, the hard collisions can leave your furniture with scratches and decline in its sturdiness and longevity. 

Preventing damage to your bed during moving depends on how bulky your bed frame is. You might want to disassemble your metal bed frame into significant components.

Save money and time from hiring the moving company

Moving house is a time-consuming and exerting task, so you might consider hiring services from the moving company. 

Getting somebody to help you with the lifting and delivery is necessary. However, the bed disassembly process is something that you can totally do by yourself in advance, or else the move is going to take longer, costing you some more money. If you are planning to move on a budget, movers can be a bit costly, and asking them to do tasks you can do yourself will not be worth it. 

The more you are prepared for the move and the more minor things you can do yourself, the more money you will save.

How To Take Apart A Bed Frame For Moving? 

As bed frames are important and expensive items in your furniture setting, the bed disassembly process is not so complicated but should be done in a fitting and orderly way. These are five steps that you probably need to go through:

Step 1: Strip the bedding entirely.

Before detaching any bulky items, you should take care of the bedding items first. Strip all the sheets, pillows, cases, and blankets and have them washed and dried carefully after sending them to the destination.

The trip from one place to another is more likely to cause your sheets and linens to be exposed to dirt and moisture. Suppose you don’t clean and pack it carefully in vacuum-sealed bags or simply in plastic bags before moving. In that case, chances are the surrounding environment might cause fungal and bacterial growth in your bedding. 

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How To Disassemble A Bed Frame For Moving

Step 2: Remove the mattress and box spring.

Next, we will come to all the bed frame parts in the correct order. A bed has five separate pieces:

  • The mattress
  • The bed base (box spring or gas lift)
  • The headboard/ footboard/sideboards
  • The slats
  • The main bed frame

First, remove the top bed components, which are the mattress and box spring. The mattress and box springs are by far the most expensive items in any bed, so they require extra protection, or else the spring structure inside can be damaged during transit. Wrap the mattress and box spring in protective bags like a mattress bag or a moving blanket.

How To Disassemble A Bed Frame For Moving-Remove bedding parts before moving out
Remove bedding parts before moving out

Step 3: Unscrew the headboard and footboard

Come to the headboard and footboard; we need help from tools at this point. The tools needed are a plier, a screwdriver, and an Allen wrench.

Make sure you know where every screw, bolt, or washer goes so that you track their corresponding positions later. You should collect all the screws, nuts, and bolts and place them into a plastic bag on hand. Keep this plastic bag in a safe place, preferably tape it along with the headboard. Losing one small detail will undoubtedly hinder the bed frame reassembly process.

After screwing out and removing the boards from the main bed frame, you should place them in another protective bag. Due to the material your headboard and footboard are made from, you should choose a shockproof bag like bubble wrap to avoid property damage.

How To Disassemble A Bed Frame For Moving-Carefully save the small details of the headboard and footboard
Carefully save the small details of the headboard and footboard

Step 4: Remove the bedding slats.

Next, disconnect the slats from the rails at the foot of the bed. If pins connect them, use a hammer to apply force and hook the pins off the rails. If the bed frame connects the slats with bolts, use a screwdriver to loosen them. 

After letting go of all the constraints, you should separate and mark them in the correct order for easier reassembly. 

How To Disassemble A Bed Frame For Moving-Mark them in the right order to simply reinstall the slats
Mark them in the right order to simply reinstall the slats

Step 5: Remove extra bed elements.

It’s likely that when you are done with the slat removal step, everything has been detached, and only the main bed frame is left, as bare as it should be. 

At this time, you should consider if you can disassemble the bed as much as possible. If you can still safely remove some other bed remaining elements, don’t hesitate to do it. For example, if you have a decorative headboard with ornaments or some sort, take them off to make the frame construction lighter to carry. 

How To Disassemble A Bed Frame For Moving-Take other elements for light carrying
Take other elements for light carrying

FAQ

Will a bed frame degrade after each time disassembling?

Even the best quality frame for the bed will degrade over time, so disassembly might negatively impact your bed at some point.

However, you can minimize the damage and degradation by applying careful force to remove them and storing them in proper storage bags for their characteristic materials. Also, make sure you clean them regularly when they are in use.

Do all bed frames come apart?

Yes, all beds need to come apart. They can be small, simple metal frames to much more complicated construction, but they all can be taken apart to get out of a home or into the truck.

What tools do you need to take apart a bed frame?

Those tools are likely on the list below. 

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers
  • Allen wrench or hex key 
  • Small hammer or rubber mallet

How much does it cost to disassemble a bed?

The expense of a bed disassembly process can vary from $20 to $175, depending on the stage of the bed frame. But the average cost is around $75, so you should consider doing this yourself. 

What can I use besides a wrench?

There are four likely alternatives for a wrench that you should consider

  • Sip-tie
  • Another nut and bolt
  • Duck tape
  • Two coins.

Can one person take apart a bed?

You often need a company of 2 people to handle this job. Because some components of the bed are too long for one person to hold, if you live alone, try to get a friend over and help you with this task. 

Conclusion

The moving process will be easier than ever if you follow this step-by-step guide. Your bed will remain in perfect condition when you reach your new home. 

Finally, we hope that this article has answered the question “How to disassemble a bed frame for moving?” and you can rest on your bed after a long day of moving. 

David Elkie

David Elkie

David Elkie is the CEO and Founder of Elkie & Ark. He has 20 years of experience in bedroom furniture, design, decor, and all related bedrooms. David has helped hundreds of people better understand the bedroom and choose the best products.