Since we’ve written about how to move a mattress, we thought we’d write about the next step: how to move a bed frame. Our Tri Cities moving company location has some handy tips when it comes to preparing your bed for transportation. Even if a moving company helps you with your bed frame move, you may want to have some things ready to prepare for their arrival.
Have tools ready for disassembling your bed frame
Depending on the type of bed you have, you’re probably going to need to have some tools ready to take it apart before moving it. For IKEA furniture, you can visit their store to get some assembly supplies, if you didn’t keep them with your purchase (like the allen key, or more dowels).
A list of things you’ll need could include any of the following, if not more (depending on your case):
Screw drivers (find the heads that match the screws you have on your bed)
Allen key (if your bed was put together with one – such as with many IKEA products)
Wrench that is the diameter of your bed frame nuts and bolts, if necessary
WD-40 in case you need to loosen really tight screws
Gloves with grip
Moving blankets and plastic wrap
Baggie (like a ziplock) for the screws and small parts, with a way to label it (or like some suggest, tape them to the boards)
Dolly or moving straps (especially if you have a heavy bed)
Rubber mallet (be careful with this, but if you need to separate surfaces of the bed frame joined by dowels – not glue or nails – this may be helpful)
A stopper for wheels, if any, and if they don’t come with them already
Note paper and pen (to write down where all the screw fittings go during re-assembly! Especially if you lost the instructions)
Take apart your bed frame before moving it, if you can
Of course, you’ll need to follow our instructions at the link above on how to move a mattress before you can get to dismantling the bed (or take the mattress off the bed and set aside temporarily).
It’s not recommended to move a bed in one piece. You may put pressure on the joints, not to mention dent or break it as you move it through narrow passageways. The weight of the bed in one piece will also make the task much harder, and slower.
In most cases, you’ll have to unscrew the four sides of the bed, and any supports. Usually this starts at the foot and head of the bed. This is for a complete bed frame with headboard and footboard attached.
There are foldable, metal bed bases, and those ones are an exception. You’ll simply need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to unlatch them, or bend them to fold for easy transport.
IKEA bed frames are usually put together with both dowels and screws (depending on their materials). Your best bet is to google the model name of your bed, followed by “how do I disassemble a ____ bed.” Or, look up the assembly instructions on the IKEA website, and work backwards from there. Here is an article that discusses the pros and cons of disassembling IKEA furniture for moving.
Other beds can be disassembled for moving similarly, but still according to instructions, if you have them. Here is a video that shows how, for a typical bed with a headboard and footboard.
If you had a box spring on a metal bed frame, that frame may be attached to a headboard with screws of some sort. There might also be headboard and footboard attachment pieces you’ll want to hang on to, especially if they’re not welded onto the metal frame.
If you can, detach any wheels. They’ll stay safe from damage this way.
Of course, detach the drawers or shelves and any removable parts, if your bed has them.
If your bed was welded together, or uses some fancy wood joinery that you don’t want to take apart, you may be in for a bit of a harder job. This is not likely to be your case, though. But if it is, you’ll definitely want help moving. You’ll also need to consider your path before moving the bed frame through one home to the next.
Some box springs have removable fabric covers. We recommend taking those off your box spring, just for some extra cleanliness during the move.
Protect your bed frame from moving damage
We know some are risk-takers out there. But like all furniture, we strongly recommend the use of moving blankets, tightly wrapped up and secured with plastic wrap, tape or rope. Dented wooden beds are an eyesore. If your bed is made of particleboard (like some IKEA products), you could even end up with a tear, or a hole. Headboards made of fabric could also get dirty or wet (especially when moving in the Tri Cities region!).
For the large headboard and footboard, you may want to rest these against an A-frame to prevent them from tipping over in a moving truck. Otherwise, find a way to get them in the truck where they won’t wobble around.
Transport the bed frame, then put it back together again, safely
When you put together your bed after moving, please remember safety. This goes especially for children’s beds or bunk beds. You don’t want to add weight to a piece of furniture that doesn’t have all its screws and bolts in place. If they went missing at all during the move, be sure to replace them before using your bed frame. This includes headboard and footboard attachments, even if they’re not structurally needed, as they can fall over and hurt someone. So, you may be sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a while!
The good news is that if you got your bed from IKEA or a major retailer, they will probably have replacement parts you can buy, or even get for free.
Also remember that wood, even metal and plastic, expands and contracts depending on climate, moisture and temperature. Just like when you install new flooring, you may want to acclimatize your bed frame (and all furniture) in your home for a day or two, before assembling it back together. This may help with the tightness of the screw joints over time.
Here are instructions on how to tighten wood screws. And here are common furniture fixes you can try.
Decide if it’s time to call professional movers to move a bed frame
While moving a bed frame may seem simple, depending on the price and history of your bed (such as if it was passed down to you), you may want to hire a professional to take care of it. Some professional movers will also have insurance to cover you if anything does go wrong with the bed during transport.
When you get your moving estimate, be sure to ask about beds that need to be taken apart, or that may not be able to be taken apart!
Moving might feel like a wasteful activity, materially speaking. You’re purging junk you haven’t used in years; you’re trying to eat up the food you won’t be tossing in the bin; you’re possibly leaving behind investments like your compost, countertops, chandeliers, wall items or other upgrades you made to the home. Oh and the gas mileage on that guzzling truck! And, you’re probably using up a lot of cardboard boxes.
Whether you buy moving boxes or get used ones from a grocery store, this is one part of your move in Vancouver that doesn’t need to go to complete waste. Cardboard has many uses! In this article we’ll cover some ideas on ways to reuse cardboard boxes after moving. Of course, you can also go the super eco-friendly route and get Frogbox moving boxes, or other plastic, reusable moving boxes.
1. Make furniture with cardboard moving boxes
You’d be surprised how strong cardboard can be. It’s like science…literally. And, when you put sheets of cardboard together with clue, you can get even more strength. When you move, save those moving boxes and make furniture with cardboard. Here are some articles we found on the web to get you started:
2. When moving in Vancouver, try sheet mulching with old cardboard moving boxes
Vancouver is wet. And that means, in the fall especially, you get a great opportunity to prep your garden bed or lawn with sheet mulching. Sheet mulching with cardboard is more eco-friendly than using plastic. The idea is that the cardboard will decompose easier and allow water to pass through to the earth below it. Sheet mulching is also just plain amazing because it kills weeds and prevents new ones from sprouting, Overnight, you can have a whole new yard. But it will take lots of cardboard. So save those moving boxes!
4. Make kids’ play things with cardboard moving boxes
There are so many things a cardboard moving box can become if you use your imagination! And when kids are involved, imagination is front and centre. We found a cool article detailing a big list of things you can make with cardboard boxes that kiddos will adore (and possibly keep them busy for hours!):
5. Store your moving boxes for shipping things later on
If your boxes are just the right size (or if you’re willing to do some cutting and taping on your own), you can flatten your cardboard boxes for now, and save them for when you need to ship things later. One example would be Christmas presents. Or maybe returning items to a manufacturer you bought in a store. Or sending your files overseas for your international move before you get there. You get the idea….
We got that idea from this article which lists a lot more you can do with cardboard boxes. Why not give them all the credit that’s due…they’ve thought of plenty:
6. Save cardboard boxes for Metro Vancouver’s green bin program
Metro Vancouver has a green bin program to keep our food garbage from being a total waste. Sorting garbage is great for the environment. But let’s face it, it’s a hassle and it stinks. You can make it less painful by using cardboard in your green bin, allowing it to absorb some of that stinky garbage moisture.
You can of course, also save your cardboard, cut into pieces, for a healthy compost.
To conclude: make moving in Vancouver less wasteful with these cardboard box DIYs!
Moving doesn’t have to be a waste. Try your hand at some cardboard reusing projects if you chose not to go with the Frogbox idea. And if you’re not a DIY-er, there’s always the recycling bin! Keep it green folks!
In the Vancouver summer, it is easy to procrastinate before a move. Who can blame you for not wanting to pack for your move a few months before your Vancouver moving company arrives? It is understandable that you still need to live in your house and use your stuff, but there are some genuine Vancouver Packing Tips to help you pack for your move while keeping your home livable.
Here are 5 steps to help you pack for your move far in advance of moving day.
1. Get moving boxes that are all the same size
It may seem like a good idea to bring home random shapes and sizes of moving boxes to fit your various sized items that need to be packed. It is actually better to get the same sized moving boxes for everything so that come moving day the boxes can be packed more easily into a moving van. It can take moving companies a lot longer to pack up mismatched boxes into a moving van and this can end up costing you more money, especially if you are paying your movers by the hour. This may mean getting larger boxes, so you should still make sure that your boxes are easy to lift. You can do this by packing only a few heavy items in each box and surrounding it by lighter items.
2. Reduce the clutter before you begin to pack for your move
Consider that all of the things that you move to your new home will take up space in boxes and in the moving van and will take up time and energy to move. This should motivate you to get rid of the things that you don’t use BEFORE you move. A good rule to go by is if you haven’t used an item within the past year then you probably don’t need to hold onto it. This rule works for clothes, kids toys and broken things that you plan on fixing but haven’t gotten around to in the past decade (we’ve all been there). Don’t wait to get rid of clutter until the week before you change houses. You can start de-cluttering as soon as you decide to move since you won’t be needing those things anyway.
3. Pack non essential items first
Another task you can complete early on is to pack non-essential items first. Non essential items are things that you don’t use very often so you won’t be needing them until you move to your new place. You can pack picture frames, miscellaneous decorations and out of season clothing items that won’t be missed. Store the boxes in the garage or a spare bedroom so you can continue to live in your home without having to maneuver around moving boxes all over the house.
4. Pack for your move room by room and label the boxes
This may seem obvious, but it will make your job of packing and unpacking much simpler if you pack according to room. It can be overwhelming to try to pack the entire house at the same time, so just focus on one room at a time. You can set a goal to de-clutter and pack one room completely before moving on to the next room. After you complete each room you can take a well deserved break and reward yourself with a nice cup of tea or a special treat. Once you get into your new home you will be very thankful that you packed according to rooms because it will make your unpacking go so much easier. After going through the trouble of packing your moving boxes by separate rooms, don’t forget to label the boxes so the movers know where to put them in the new house!
5. Get all house members involved in packing for your move
Packing doesn’t have to be reserved for the adults in the house. If you have kids they can help declutter and pack up their own rooms. When tackling corporate living areas like the kitchen and the living room, you can also work together with all the members of the household. Set house goals for packing and once you complete your goal for the day, do something fun with all of your helpers. This will make your packing experience less of a chore and more of a household bonding experience.
It’s easy to follow these 5 steps, so no more excuses! Get packing! If you start to pack for your move earlier, the stress leading up to the move should be reduced and your overall moving experience will be much smoother!
And as always, look to our moving checklist for a good overview and to keep everything accounted for both before and after your move.
Trees may need to be trimmed so the truck can fit in your driveway
You may need a permit for the moving truck to parking outside of your building
All of these things can be discovered during the home visit process where the moving company can look around at your particular situation and determine whether or not you need to add items to your checklist.
3. Take care of practical details online
When you move you have to change your address with your credit card companies as well as on your drivers license and other identification documents. You also have to take care of forwarding mail, to make sure all your bills make it to your new address. Thankfully much of this can be done online nowadays so it shouldn’t take too long to check this off your list.
4. Take advantage of the services professional moving companies provide
Instead of running out to a store to collect free cardboard boxes for your move you may want to consider paying a little for better boxes. Those free boxes could contain moisture, bacteria, bugs and other surprises you don’t want to find! They can also end up being more expensive because they cost the movers labor and time to arrange in the moving truck. If you pay the moving companies per hour and it takes them a lot longer to stack mismatched boxes, that time can add up. It will save them time if you get the same sized boxes. You can even rent study plastic boxes, such as from Frogbox or another specialized boxing company, and then return them after your move (also an eco friendly and cleaner, more water-proof way to move!). The moving company you go with should be able to help you find or provide uniform boxes for a fee.
Traditional storage units can be a pain if you have to hire a truck, pack everything into it, and unpack everything into the storage unit, only to do it all over again when you want to move your belongings out of storage.
By choosing a Metro Vancouver portable storage company, all your belongings are packed directly into the storage unit at your home. Next, they are taken to a storage area until you are ready to have your belongings transported to their next destination. At that point, the company will just put the container on a truck and bring it right to your (new) door, saving you the time and stress of having to figure out how to get everything out of storage and onto a truck again!
Renovating? You’ll love this idea…
Choosing Metro Vancouver portable storage doesn’t just have to be for a move, or storing belongings for a long period of time. If you are renovating your home, using portable storage can get your things out of the way so that they don’t get damaged or dirty while all your creative plans are being put into action. Your household belongings will be stored in a secure space that you
will have easy access to, and you can continue your renovations with peace of mind!
The key to picking the right portable storage company is finding one that not only provides the storage container for you but also does all the moving. If you were simply moving your belongings from one house to another, you wouldn’t want to deal with one company for the truck and one for the movers, so why do that when storing your belongings?
Picking the right Metro
Unlike companies that just drop off a container for you that you have to load yourself, full serve moving and storage companieswill not only provide the container and store your goods, but they’ll also do the moving too. Being professionals, they also take extra precautions to take care of your belongings, like using furniture blankets and avoiding scratches, as they are specially trained for this kind of job and do it on a daily basis (unlike the most of us who do it only a few times in our lifetime!).
Vancouver portable storage company
Dealing with one company for packing, moving, and storage is the best thing you can do to make the storage process go smoothly. Involving two different parties can lead to confusion, and if there is a problem they may blame each other (and you don’t want to be in the middle of that, trust us!).
Ensure your moving and storage company use containers specifically built for household belongings — to protect your furniture and all your important things. Household storage containers are free from the dirt that other types of moving containers may have been used for.
What is the average cost of moving? Cost of Moving in Vancouver
Whether or not you chose to hire the genius businessman who thought of turning moving into business, you will no doubt incur unavoidable costs when relocating. Many of these costs of moving in Vancouver are hidden, and probably not something you’re prepared for. Not only that, trying to get the lowest price for moving services or products can in turn have you paying more in the end (i.e. think lousy boxes that shatter your wedding china and movers who chose to ‘throw’ instead of ‘pass’ furniture).
Here are actual moving costs you’ll be looking at when moving in Vancouver:
The moving truck, and the movers
If you hire unprofessional movers, they will charge based on either distance or hourly — plus hidden costs like stairs, travel and fuel surcharge. There are horror stories of moving companies who offer cheap rates but treat your belongings like trash or, even worse, hijack everything until you pay a ransom to get them back. That being said, go with a reputable company even if it means more money up front: get free binding estimates and check out their moving company reviews and credentials.
If you get friends to help, you not only have to pay for the rental truck, but you’ll need to consider how to repay the favour, be it as little as pizza on moving day or a thank you gift afterwards.
Your regular homeowner’s insurance may not cover moves, so you’ll have to purchase some — likely from the moving company you’re dealing with. Always discuss the insurance policy with the moving company beforehand so there are no surprises. Take pictures of your belongings, especially the valuables, before the move. Print them and mail them to yourself to prove their former condition. That’s an extra $10 or $20 for photos right there.
Trucks guzzle up a lot of petroleum! The farther your move, the more you can expect your gas costs to be. Not only that, you may be driving your own vehicles at least once, if not back and forth filled with smaller items. Calculate your gas costs based on mileage, then add a few hundred to that number because you are likely under estimating.
Full days of tiresome moving, when pots and pans are in boxes and stoves aren’t installed means you’ll be eating out a lot. Depending on the distance you’re going, take-out dinners could last days. If you’re traveling across the country, factor in accommodation at hotels too. This is definitely going to go over your monthly grocery bill.
All that and we haven’t even gotten to the part where you unpack and settle in! (Always helpful before you move is to check out our online packing videos for proper packing techniques.) The above pointers cover the costs of just the move. Of course consider that before you leave your old home you’ll need to clean and make minor repairs. At your new home you’ll find that you may not have the shelf space you had before, or that light bulbs are missing and drapes are non-existent.
Trips to home stores will add to your moving costs, so be sure to factor them in. Truth be told, only you will be able to estimate your cost of moving based on your needs, family size and household items. Use the above points as a guideline to research a reliable figure.