How to Disassemble and Assemble Furniture Without Being an Expert

If you’ve decided to move or simply need to rearrange your furniture, disassembling and assembling your furniture can be a challenging task. It is important to do this correctly to avoid damage to the furniture and to ensure that it can be reassembled without any problems. In this article, we will provide some useful tips for disassembling and assembling your furniture successfully. From choosing the right tools to labeling parts, we’ll guide you through the entire process so you can move your furniture confidently and stress-free.


Woman assembling a bookshelfA good idea before disassembling a piece of furniture is to take general and detailed photos of its parts so that you can assemble it without problems later. Although we think we have a great memory, it’s not only that, maybe we haven’t paid attention to some small detail that will need to be reviewed when assembling. Therefore, believe us that the best advice we can give you is: take photos!

If the furniture is large or heavy, it is advisable to have at least two people to disassemble it. Not only does this make it safer, but it can also help prevent damage to the furniture. Also, we recommend looking for a comfortable position, before getting down to work and also during the process, your back and joints will thank you.

If the furniture has removable parts, such as doors or drawers, remove them before disassembling the rest of the furniture. Removing moving parts will make the furniture easier to handle and prevent theparts from moving and being damaged during the disassembly process.

If the furniture has screws or hardware that are difficult to remove due to corrosion And over time, try lubricating them first with lubricating oil or penetrating spray. The 6-in-1 spray is valid for this function, although it must be remembered that it dries quickly and will not help us in the subsequent assembly. If this happens, we recommend looking for new screws and fittings of the same size before reassembling. This can make it easier to remove them without damaging the furniture.

If you need to disconnect wires or plugs, be sure to disconnect them from the wall and label them so you know how to reconnect them when the furniture is reassembled.

If the furniture has pieces of glass or other fragile material, be sure to remove these parts first to protect them properly. Even if we move to the next room, it is risky to move delicate pieces without protection. For glass, we recommend protecting with cardboard (they can be recycled boxes) as they provide better protection than bubble wrap, although for very delicate pieces it is best to use both materials to prevent them from breaking during transport.

If the furniture has legs or wheels, remove them before disassembling the rest of the furniture. This will make it easier to transport and prevent damage to the legs or wheels. Keep in mind that the design of these pieces is so that the furniture rests on the floor flat and if we make a diagonal support (for example when turning or knocking the furniture) it is very likely that these parts will suffer or even break.

If the furniture has pieces that fit together, like puzzle pieces, be sure to label them so you know how to put them back together when the furniture is reassembled.

If the furniture is an old, very valuable, or very heavy item, consider hiring a professional to take it apart and assemble it. This will ensure that the furniture is handled with care and damage is avoided, although there is no need to be afraid with everyday furniture such as bookshelves or small cabinets. With care and following our advice, you can achieve this.


The first step will be to recover and consult the photographs we have taken before dismantling the furniture. This will help us remember where each of the pieces goes. Also, if we have detected that there is a screw, hardware or defective part, it will be good to have the necessary spare parts beforehand, so that once we start the task, nothing stops us.

Make sure you have a clean, uncluttered space to assemble the furniture. Not only will this make it easier to work with, but it will also help prevent damage to the furniture. We recommend being careful with the walls, as they can be marked very easily. If this happens, you can try the “magic eraser” foam that they sell in supermarkets and you will also find on the internet. It’s not magical, but it helps if it’s a superficial mark and will save you from having to repaint the entire wall.

Woman Assembling FurnitureIf the furniture has parts that fit, such as shelves or doors, make sure you level them properly before fixing them in place. If the parts are not level, the furniture may be unstable or not fit properly. For this phase, keep in mind that not all floors are level perfectly, and when moving a cabinet from one place to another, it is very likely that you will need to level the doors from scratch so that they open and close properly. In very extreme cases, it may be necessary to have to falsify the furniture at the bottom, but for this task we do recommend that you do it with the help of a professional.

Follow the assembly instructions, if any. If there aren’t, try to remember how you disassembled the furniture and follow the process in reverse order. You can also look for tutorials online if you’re unsure about how to reassemble the furniture. If the furniture has pieces that are fixed with screws, make sure to tighten them enough, but not too tightly. If we overdo it, we can damage the furniture and cause the screw to “go over” which is basically breaking the notch where it should be screwed. If this happens in some cases it can be solved by putting a larger screw, in other cases it will be necessary a small carpentry work beforehand to have a firm surface to screw again.

If the furniture has pieces that stick with glue,make sure you use the right glue for the type of material being glued. If you’re not sure what type of glue to use, consult a professional or check online. On Youtube you will find countless DIY videos that will serve you well.

If the furniture has pieces of glass or mirror, make sure to put them in place at the last minute, once we are sure that the furniture is stable and will not require moving again. At this point, we must act cautiously and secure them well to prevent them from moving during use.

We hope these tips will help you disassemble and assemble furniture successfully. Good luck! And if you think we can include any new points to improve this article, do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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