Moving Furniture from IKEA? Be Careful of These 5 Things

Who doesn’t love IKEA furniture? Even if you’d prefer solid oak antiques yourself, you’ve got to appreciate how easy IKEA is on the budget for young students (like our College Muscle Movers) and families and how simple it is to get everything you need in one shopping visit to an IKEA superstore—we’ve got one right here in Minneapolis, you know!

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1. Buy Before You Move? Sure, Why Not

If you live close to an IKEA location but expect to be moving farther away, there’s no harm in loading up in the nice, flat-packed furniture you want right before you move. If you’ve got space in your moving truck, you’ll save on shipping costs and the original packaging will keep your furniture very safe.

And when you do put the furniture together, don’t drill those screws in too tightly. After all, you might need to take them apart for your next move.

2. Disassembly is a Smart Idea

Breaking down that IKEA furniture is easy, it will make the furniture take up less space as you move, and most important it will reduce the chance of the furniture being damaged by the pressures of a bumpy road. Just remember to pack the pieces with blankets to avoid scratches, and be sure to…

3. Label Those Pieces

Put labels on the items as you break them down, especially for furniture with many similar pieces, like bookshelves. A simple sticker marked with “bottom shelf” or something similar should do the job.

Most importantly, be sure to also keep the various screws and fasteners for each item in a separate labeled bag.

But what are you going to do when you’ve got all these labeled pieces in your new home? Odds are good you didn’t bother to save assembly instructions, right?

4. You Can Get Free Assembly Instructions Online

No problem! You can get those instructions online directly from IKEA. If you didn’t save the handy little tools either, that’s okay: common screwdrivers and Allen wrenches should cover almost everything you need to do.

5. Beware the Particle Board—and the Particle Board Waiver

Yes, it’s true, part of what makes some IKEA furniture cheap is that it’s made of particle board which is inexpensive but also somewhat fragile. Properly packed into its original packaging, there’s almost no risk of damage, but if you’re disassembling one of your old pieces or moving a fully assembled item, there’s a reasonable chance that accidents will happen.

Make sure you’re prepared for that possibility, and more importantly, take a look at what your professional movers are expecting to accomplish. You’re paying them for their experience and care, so you should expect a better rate of success than moving on your own—but not every mover feels that way, especially for cross-country moves where the risk of breakage is increased.

Take a look at everything you sign in regards to liability for your move. It’s not unheard of for some moving companies to include waivers that absolve them of responsibility for especially fragile items, especially items they’re used to dealing with on a regular basis, like IKEA furniture. If you think you’re getting a good deal on the move, it may be fair to take the responsibility yourself, but make sure you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign these waivers—and be suspicious of any company that simply slips the waiver in with the rest of the paperwork without informing you.