How to Take Apart and Pack a Bed Frame for Moving

When it comes time to move, one of the most cumbersome pieces of furniture to deal with is a bed. Not only is it large and space-taking, but it can also be quite heavy. If you’re not careful, you could end up hurting yourself trying to take it apart and pack it up. 

Disassembling a bed frame can be challenging, depending on the structure and make of the frame. If too thick a frame is chosen, moving the pieces through doorways and corners can cause problems. You’ll also want to make sure that you have all the right tools on hand before you start disassembling. If the bed frame is thin and delicate, it could break easily. 

Packing a bed frame properly will also be essential to ensure it arrives at your new place in one piece. You’ll need to find a moving box that’s large enough to fit all the pieces, and you’ll want to use packing material like bubble wrap or packing peanuts to protect it from damage. 

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Here’s a guide on how to do it properly.

Gather Supplies and Get Another Person for Help

Before you start, gather all of the supplies you’ll need: 

  • a screwdriver
  • a hammer
  • packing tape 
  • bubble wrap or foam peanuts
  • large box. 

Have your tools ready before you start taking the bed apart. Packing and moving a bed is definitely not a one-person job. Be sure to have a friend or family member there to help you out. You’ll need somebody to help you with the process – it’s much easier if two people work together.

Completely Strip the Bed

You must first remove all pillows and linens from the bed before learning how to dismantle a bed frame. Toss the linens in the wash, and put the pillows in a safe place. The first step in taking apart a bed frame is to remove the mattress. Most mattresses have a handle on one end, so grab that and pull. Lift the mattress and set it aside. If it’s too heavy to move by yourself, get your helper to help you.

The bed rails are the next pieces to remove. Use a screwdriver to remove them, then lift the rails off of the bed frame. There are usually two screws on each side that hold the rails in place.

Also See: How to Move the Mattress?

Remove the Headboard and Footboard from the Bedframe

The headboard and footboard are usually attached to the bed frame with screws. Place the footboard diagonally on the blanket or a piece of cardboard, and use the hammer to hit the screws until they’re loose. Do the same thing with the headboard. Once the screws are loose, you can remove them by hand. Be careful – they may be sharp. If any nails or staples are holding the headboard or footboard, use the screwdriver to pry them out.

Now that the headboard and footboard are free from the bed frame, it’s time to pack them up. Wrap each piece in bubble wrap or foam peanuts to protect all edges. Tape the bubble wrap or peanuts in place so they won’t move around in the box.

Unscrew the Bed Frame

The bed frame is the last piece to take apart. There are usually four screws on the bottom that hold it in place. Use a screwdriver to remove them, then lift the bed frame off the mattress springs. The springs in the mattress can now be disassembled. Normally, they are removed by bending them in half. If they’re too stiff, use a screwdriver to pry them out. The box spring is the next thing to remove. There are usually two or four screws on each side that hold it in place. Use a screwdriver to remove them, then take the box spring out of the bed frame.

There’s nothing more frustrating than misplacing a screw or a nail when you’re putting furniture back together. To avoid this, keep all of the screws and nails in a safe place. Label each bag or container with the name of the piece of furniture it belongs to, and make sure they’re all sealed tight so they won’t lose any screws or nails.

Wrap the Bed Frame in the Right Material

Now that the bed frame is free from all of the other pieces, it’s time to pack it up. Wrap it in a large fabric, such as a sheet or tablecloth. Tape the fabric in place so it won’t move around in the box. Ensure to protect all edges with bubble wrap or foam peanuts.

If you have a wooden bed frame, you’ll need to care when packing it up. Wrap it in a few layers of heavy-duty cardboard, and ensure all edges are protected. You can wrap it with a moving blanket or plastic coverings.

If you have any extra room in the box, you can also pack the screws, nails, and other small parts. Bubble wrap or foam sheets can protect the frame during transit. Again, be sure to secure the material, so it doesn’t come loose during transport.

Wrap the Mattresses

Now that the bed frame is taken apart, it’s time to pack up the mattresses. If you have a foam mattress, you can wrap it in a few layers of plastic. If you have a spring mattress, you’ll need to wrap it in a moving blanket or a few layers of cardboard. Ensure to protect all edges with bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Tape the blanket or cardboard in place so it won’t move around in the box.

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Label all of the Boxes

Once all of the bed frame parts are packed up, it’s time to label all of the boxes. Be sure to write “Fragile” on any boxes that contain breakable items. This will help you keep track of where everything is and make it easier to put the bed back together when you arrive at your new home.

Load the Boxes into the Truck

Now that everything is packed up and labeled, it’s time to load the boxes into the moving truck. Be sure to stack them so they won’t fall over and secure them with straps or rope, so they don’t shift during transport.

It is important to make sure your boxes and belongings are strapped tight because trucks make a lot of sudden stops and starts. If something falls over, it could break or get damaged.

Advantages of Moving Your Bed Frame

There are a few advantages to moving your bed frame. 

  • First, it will protect your mattress from getting damaged during transport. 
  • Second, it will save you time and energy when you arrive at your new home since you won’t have to assemble the bed from scratch. 
  • Finally, it will give you peace of mind knowing that your bed is securely packed and ready for moving.

Disadvantages in Moving Your Bed Frame

However, there are a few disadvantages to moving your bed frame. 

  • First, it can be time-consuming to take apart and pack up the bed frame. 
  • Second, you’ll need to find a place to store the frame while you’re moving (unless you plan on moving it with you in the moving truck). 
  • And third, there’s always the possibility that something could get lost or damaged in the move.

So, whether you decide to move your bed frame or not is ultimately up to you. Weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that’s best for you and your situation. Good luck!

See Also: How Much Does it Cost to Move a Bed? | How to Sort and Pack Your Bedroom

Conclusion

Now that you know how to take apart a bed frame and pack it up for moving, you’re one step closer to completing your relocation. Be sure to follow the packing tips we’ve provided, so your furniture arrives in the same condition as when you left it. Moving your bed frame will be simple if you follow this process guide on disassembling a bed frame. Your bed will arrive at your new address in excellent shape, allowing you to have a decent night’s sleep and rejuvenate from your hectic moving day.

FAQ’s

Can I pack the bed frame in a box?

Yes, but it won’t be easy to find an appropriate box for it. You’ll need to use heavy-duty cardboard to protect it. If you have any extra room in the box, you can also pack the screws, nails, and other small parts. You can also wrap it in a moving blanket.

Can I pack the mattress in a box?

Yes, but it will be better if you can wrap the mattress rather than store it in a box. You’ll need to use plastic to protect it. If you have a spring mattress, you’ll need to wrap it in a moving blanket or a few layers of cardboard. Ensure to protect all edges with bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Tape the blanket or cardboard in place so it won’t move around in the box.

What should I do if I lose a screw or a nail?

Keep all of the screws and nails in a safe place. Each bag or container should be labeled with the name of the piece of furniture to which it belongs, and make sure they’re all secured tightly, so no screws or nails escape.

How do you transport a bed frame?

Toss all of the hardware in a plastic bag and attach it to the major piece of the bed frame. To protect the bed frame and other objects on the moving truck, wrap the parts in moving blankets, bubble wrap, or linen covers. Secure the bed frame to a wall if there is no one to help carry it. When carrying the assembled bed frame, have at least two people lift it from every corner.

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Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.