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8 tips for moving IKEA furniture 

Moving IKEA furniture is not like any other furniture packing task that you are likely to face on moving day. We are all well acquainted with the benefits of IKEA furniture, and it is reasonably affordable and quite easy to put together. The pride and satisfaction of assembling your own furniture with your two hands cannot possibly be properly expressed in words. When the time comes to move, there will be several good questions that you will be asking yourself, including, should I bring the IKEA furniture? Having already decided whether or not you want to move some of your IKEA furniture, you will also have to remember a few important things so that your favorite IKEA furniture makes it to your new place perfectly safe, intact and ready to be re-assembled once again. So, is moving furniture from IKEA a good idea? How to pack IKEA furniture? How to relocate to a new home with IKEA furniture? 
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Should I move my IKEA furniture? 

The very first question you will have to answer is whether moving your IKEA furniture is worth the trouble and the price of transportation. Do a risk assessment before you hurry and take your toolbox and start disassembling your Do-It-Yourself furniture. Know that IKEA furniture might not survive more than a couple of moves if that much. Just compare the cost of shipping IKEA furniture to the cost of just buying new furniture when you get to your new home. The risk of damage to your furniture during its transportation is also high because of the way the furniture is manufactured. IKEA furniture keeps the production costs low, by using particle board, a wood product that is not known for its great strength, sturdiness, and stability. Unlike your valuable antique pieces of furniture that have been passed down from one generation to the next, IKEA furniture is in most cases, easy to leave behind without any regrets. Nevertheless, make sure that you base your final decision on the two main factors that generally decide how you want to approach the various aspects of the move, namely time and money. 

How to pack IKEA furniture 

Packing IKEA furniture means mostly one thing, correctly disassembling it. But should you disassemble all your IKEA furniture? If so, then follow these 8 tips for moving IKEA furniture to make the job easier for you.

Step 1: Disassembling your IKEA furniture 

The problem with most furniture that can be assembled is that it will not handle being moved around very well when the large furniture pieces are moved around without first being disassembled. The strain will make the screws, dowels and the rest of the fastening elements become loose, and that might easily be the end of your furniture. So, if you do not want your large IKEA furniture to fall apart during the move, the best thing to do is to take it apart first to avoid damage. If you have enough room in the moving truck, then you might want to think about taking apart the larger pieces such as dressers, and leaving the smaller pieces intact, drawers and bedside tables, to name a few. 

Step 2: Follow the instructions 

It's crucial that you have the assembly instructions before you begin taking apart your IKEA furniture. Even if you are sure that you will be able to do it without consulting the instructions, it is still a good idea to have them near you because most IKEA furniture has to be disassembled in a specific order. Do not worry if you have already thrown the assembly instructions away, IKEA has all their instructions published online, so all you have to do is find the ones you need, download them onto your computer and then follow them to complete the task. 

Step 3: Make sure to label everything 

To successfully disassemble your IKEA furniture for the move, you will have to mark each and every part. You know that it is important to label all of your boxes to have a smoother unpacking process after the relocation. Now multiply that importance by two when you are taking apart furniture made by IKEA. Merely use a roll of masking tape and label any individual part that you take apart from your assembled piece of IKEA furniture. To make things easier, label from top to bottom, and from right to left. Keep reminding yourself that labeling will save you a lot of time and trouble on the other side of the move when you are getting ready to put all those pieces of furniture back together. Also, make sure to put any screws, bolts, and other similar elements in plastic sealable bags, and label those bags with the piece of IKEA furniture it came from. Keep those plastic bags safe until the end of the relocation. Should the worst happen and you do find that you are missing some parts at the time of reassembly, you should be able to order them directly from the closest IKEA store or online. 

Step 4: Use plenty of padding 

Once you have disassembled the IKEA furniture, it is time to protect each of the pieces so that they do not get damaged during the move. The general idea is to provide enough padding between the separate panels to guard the delicate surface of your particleboard furniture, mostly protect it from scratches and dents. The easiest way to do this is to wrap each one in thick protective coverings, such as blankets. Use packing tape to keep the protective cloth in place. If you have decided to move a small piece of furniture without disassembling it first, then wrap it in moving blankets and again, tape the blankets to keep the piece of furniture covered at all times.  

Step 5: Load your IKEA furniture safely onto the truck 

Finally, it is time to load your pieces of IKEA furniture onto the moving truck. Arrange the protected panels carefully and avoid placing any heavy items on top of them to prevent them from getting damaged. If you are loading small pieces of furniture as they are still assembled, then use straps or bits of rope to secure them during the move. 

Step 6. Use visual aids to help re-assembly 

Even though you might have your assembly instructions with you, make sure that you take reference photos before you take your IKEA furniture apart. This way, you will find it much easier to put the pieces back together after you are done with the move. A good idea is to film the disassembly and then watch it backward to see how and where everything goes. 

Step 7. Do not over-tighten the screws 

When the time comes to re-assemble the furniture, the best piece of advice you can get, aside from following the assembly instructions closely, is not to over-tighten the screws. Be careful not to overdo the screws with your screwdriver because the particleboard material used by IKEA for their furniture can wear down quite quickly when too much force is applied. Applying an excessive amount of force to make sure that the pieces fit tight will only create the opposite effect. 

Step 8. Know if a moving company will transport IKEA furniture 

It's important to remember that most professional moving companies have limited liability for damage when it comes to moving ready-to-assemble furniture, including IKEA furniture, of course. What this means is that movers will not move IKEA furniture unless it has been properly disassembled first. The reason for this is that IKEA furniture does not usually stand up to the unavoidable stress and strain that it will experience during the move. 
Now that you have read these 8 tips for moving IKEA furniture we hope that you are more prepared to move your furniture safely and quickly to your new home. If you are looking for some help with some aspects of your move or even the whole move itself, then contact Cross Country Movers which is a moving company that can help you to move to and from anywhere in the country. So call us today, and let's get started on your move.

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8 tips for moving IKEA furniture 

Should I move my IKEA furniture? 
How to pack IKEA furniture 
Step 1: Disassembling your IKEA furniture
Step 2: Follow the instructions 
Step 3: Make sure to label everything 
Step 4: Use plenty of padding 
Step 5: Load your IKEA furniture safely onto the truck
Step 6. Use visual aids to help re-assembly
Step 7. Do not over-tighten the screws
Step 8. Know if a moving company will transport IKEA furniture
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