How to Properly Move a Sofa or Bed

Moving furniture during a relocation can be a massive undertaking, especially when dealing with items like sofas or beds, which can measure two to three meters in length. Unlike clothes that can be vacuum-packed for easy transport, sofas and beds require disassembly. However, performing this task without professional training can be challenging, particularly if you’re attempting it alone. Additionally, even when disassembled, beds and sofas can still be quite heavy, necessitating the assistance of movers.

Let’s explore the proper methods for transporting a sofa or bed to ensure the safety of both the furniture and your well-being.

How to quickly and correctly disassemble a sofa or bed of any design

With a bed, it is usually easier than with a sofa in terms of disassembly: you need to disconnect the headboard, footboard, base, legs, roll up the mattress, wrap everything in film. Several types of sofas are more difficult. First you need to determine what type of sofa you have.

  • Corner sofa. Its peculiarity is that when assembled it takes up a lot of space, and when disassembled it turns into three small elements. The main thing is to carefully unscrew the bolts that connect these elements.
  • Sofa-book. This is one of the most common types of sofas, it is quite simple to disassemble. First, you need to unscrew the side panels and seats, then disconnect the back. In order not to lose the nuts, you can fasten them to the bolts on the dismantled elements after disassembly. The peculiarity of the sofa-book is that it can be transported even when assembled, simply in the unfolded state – so it takes up little space due to its flat shape. You just need to pull the sofa with a rope and wrap it in a film so that the mechanism does not work under load and the sofa does not start to fold.
  • Euro book sofa. In such a sofa, the seat and the back can be on the same frame – during disassembly, you will have to disconnect them together.
  • Sofa-accordion . This sofa consists of a metal frame and three moving elements. The mechanism is fixed on wooden boards. To disassemble this sofa, place it in the center of the room, remove the screws from the back panel and detach the side panels, then remove the headboard and remove the triple section. Unscrew the fasteners or bend the clips, then remove the bedding box. The mattress and legs are also detachable.
  • Roll out sofa. Such a sofa is easy to disassemble without any skills: you need to remove the pillows and covers, detach the side walls and armrests, remove the seat and back.

Is it possible and how to transport a sofa or bed in one piece?

As we have already found out, the sofa-book can be transported in a complete form – it will be easier that way. And what about other types of sofas and beds? They can also be transported without prior disassembly – in the form in which they stand in the apartment. Advantages of such transportation:

  • you don’t waste time and energy on disassembly before moving;
  • you can immediately use the furniture as soon as you move to a new place – what is especially important in the case of a bed, you will be able to sleep immediately;
  • there is no risk of losing accessories;
  • minimizes the risk of damaging old furniture, which may break during disassembly.

The correct transportation of sofas and beds in assembled form depends on two things: how you packed the furniture correctly and carefully loading it into the car.

How to properly pack a sofa or bed for transportation

First, let’s figure out what packaging is needed for. The packaging serves to ensure that the furniture does not get dirty, scratched, or mechanically damaged during the move, and often also to ensure that some small parts of the furniture are not lost (in the case of a bed, it can be, for example, a headboard decor). To pack a sofa or bed, you will need a lot of packing materials and tools:

  • paper;
  • film (air-bubble and stretch);
  • scissors;
  • scotch tape (painting or ordinary);
  • ropes;
  • packages for assembling accessories;
  • corners on furniture legs.

The more disassembled the sofa, the more types of packaging you will most likely need – because each element will need to be packed separately. If you are transporting a sofa or bed in one piece, then in this case you will need a large one-piece package, but if there is none, it is okay, because pieces of film or paper can be glued together with tape and make an improvised package.

Be sure to wrap furniture legs in bubble wrap or use special corner attachments. The most fragile thing when transporting a sofa is its upholstery. To protect it from scratches, stains, damage, securely wrap the surface of the film. If the sofa is old or very expensive, then even before wrapping it in film, you can throw a thick blanket or blanket over it, which will additionally protect the fabric.

What transport is suitable for transporting a sofa or bed

Once you have determined the dimensions of the sofa or bed, whether you intend to transport it in assembled or disassembled form, you can arrange for suitable transport. Simply inform the company manager of the furniture’s dimensions, and they will select the appropriate truck for transportation.

In cases where there are multiple beds and sofas to transport, such as during a large family move or when relocating from a spacious residence like a private house or cottage with numerous rooms, it may be advisable to order a special furniture truck from professional residential movers such as Six Movers. These trucks are designed to accommodate larger loads and are equipped to handle the transportation of bulky furniture items safely and efficiently.

Transportation Considerations: 

Loading and unloading a sofa is a task that requires a team of at least two people to avoid risking your health or straining your back. It’s essential to carry the sofa by firmly holding it at the base. If lifting proves challenging, using tight belts can provide additional support. In instances where there is no freight elevator available in the building, maneuvering the sofa up narrow stairs becomes necessary.

Follow these steps for safe handling: carefully position one edge of the sofa at the start of the staircase and, without unfolding it, lift the bottom portion over the railing to the next step. It’s important to note that this can be quite challenging, so it’s often best to entrust the transportation of the sofa to professionals in such cases.