Are you excited about moving to a new residence only to have your joy deflated by the fact that your couch cannot fit through the new entrance? Have you finished renovating a basement but its staircases are too narrow or it has tight turns or protruding overhangs that make it impossible to move the sofa without disassembling? Do you need to dispose of an old sofa without engaging a dumpster company?
Apart from such scenarios, you could be moving into an apartment whose elevators are too small to squeeze in your bulky sofa. Many people opt for a sofa with a low back thinking that it will fit through a doorway when placed on its side, but this rarely happens. Attempting to force a sofa through a door without dismantling it could either damage it or your house.
The complexity of dismantling a sofa depends on how it is assembled and your intention of taking it apart. You will need to be cautious if you are dismantling it with the intention of reassembling it later on. Before delving into how to dismantle a sofa, you need to know what constitutes a sofa.
How a sofa is constructed
A sofa is made up of the frame, springs, the padding, the fabric that covers the padding, and the cushions. The frame can be made of kiln-dried hardwood, plywood, and in recent times, we have seen frames made of plastic, steel, laminated boards or a combination of any of them. Kiln-dried or metallic frames are best because the sofa retains its shape over a prolonged period and are more costly. The frame is hinged together through joints that can either be glued together, screwed, dowelled, and sometimes, the corners could be reinforced with brackets for additional support.
The springs are the sofa’s support as they are meant to react to your body’s weight by bouncing back. There are two main types of springs used in sofa construction, that is, sinuous springs, and eight-way hand-tied springs. Also referred to as serpentine springs, sinuous springs are the most popular type. Some sinuous springs are copper-coated to prevent corrosion and most are made with 9-gauge wire for sturdiness.
On the other hand, in eight-way springs, each spring coil twine is attached to the frame and other springs by hand. The twine is tied from side to side, front to back, diagonally until each spring coil is right in eight ways, hence the name. The detailed craftsmanship in couches made using eight-way hand-ties springs makes them more costly.
The padding is mostly made from polyester fiber and foam although there are instances where animal hair is used. In the case of animal hair, the padding is pre-processed. The fabric covering the padding could be natural, blended, or synthetic fabric. Nylon and wool are the most popular fabric options followed closely by polyester, cotton, and acetate. The fabric could be finished with an anti-stain coating.
The cushions are made with polyurethane foam, latex, cotton, polyester fiber, or even springs that are wrapped with cotton.
The process of dismantling a sofa
The things that you will require for the task include:-
- A flat head screwdriver – this will come in handy when pulling out the staples. Alternatively, you could use a staple remover.
- A staple gun or a hammer and nails
- An electric or handheld saw
To dismantle your couch, follow the steps below:-
- Remove the cushions and flip the couch upside down. Unscrew the couch’s legs and put them aside.
- The underside of the couch has a dust cover that is held in place by staples or nails. Use a staple remover or the flathead screwdriver to remove the staples. Roll the dust cover back to expose the frame.
- Remove the staples securing the upholstery which covers the sofa’s arms and roll it up as far back as possible so that the fasteners joining the arms to the base or frame are exposed.
- Use a screwdriver to loosen the bolts. You can use a wrench to free the arms once they are loose.
- Remove the skirting by pulling out the staples holding it in place and remove the cardboard strip underneath. The foam, and in some cases, recycled fabric covering the springs is not fastened with any staples. You only need to set it aside. By this time, you will be mostly down to the frame which is bare wood. If you plan on reassembling the sofa, avoid over-dismantling the upholstery. If you want to get rid of the couch, you can continue stripping it.
- Move your sofa to the new space and reassemble. Take note of each step so that reassembling will be easy. You can use nails instead of staples.
How to conveniently get rid of an old couch
When moving or just decluttering, it can be difficult to know how you will dispose of an old couch. Most homeowners are tempted to throw it out to a curb for the waste management or the local municipal to haul it away. This is not only unsightly, but you could also end up paying hefty fines as it illegal in most regions. Here’s how you can conveniently get rid of an old couch:-
- Sell it
There are quite a number of options to sell your old couch even if it is old and worn. Most websites such as eBay and Craiglist come in handy when you need to get rid of old furniture and appliances and get some money while at it. Most second-hand stores will also agree to buy furniture that is not too worn. You could also try a garage or yard sale.
- Donate it
If you are not keen on making any money, donating the piece of furniture could be a great choice. There are quite a number of organizations which accept furniture donations including Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans Association, and Habitat for Humanity ReStores. You can either have the furniture picked from your residence or drop it off.
- Consider a dumpster rental or a junk removal company
A dumpster rental would be a good option if you want to get rid of a huge amount of wastes as is the case when moving or downsizing. Dumpster rentals usually have a weight limit which makes the different from junk removers. In the case of junk removal, you pay for the amount of space your old furniture or other wastes will occupy.
- If getting a new couch, find if your supplier can haul the old one away
Some couch suppliers offer to haul away old furniture at no extra cost. Call your potential suppliers to find out if they have such a provision.
- Repair and repurpose it
Do you need to just replace your couch with something new but you aren’t keen on selling or donating it? With a little creativity, you can repair and repurpose your old couch. You can use it on your patio or use it in the game room or garage.
Repurposing old furniture keeps it off the landfills. This, along with selling or donating the old couch are the most environmental-friendly options.