We think our sofa will need to be dismantled to get it in to our home. Will you be able to tell the sofa has been taken apart?

No! Not when your sofa has been dismantled and reassembled by a professional team of craftsmen like the team at Sofa Assist. Our specialist upholsterers have years of experience with sofa disassembly and reassembly. If we take your sofa apart and put it back together again, it will be as perfect as it was to start with and no one would ever know.

Moving a bulky furniture items, such as a sofa, can be so much easier if it is first taken apart.

There are two main reasons for disassembling a sofa, moving house and disposal. One will require more careful dismantling than the other. If you want to move your sofa to a new home/location, we would suggest using professional furniture disassembly experts like our team at Sofa Assist. This way you are sure to have a sofa that still looks as it did before and is 100% safe to sit on. However, if you are disassembling for disposal you may wish to do this yourself.


You are moving house and realise that your sofa won’t fit through the doorways of your new place. Fear not, there is always a solution and one of those may be to dismantle it and rebuild it once you are in your new home.

The first thing to note is that you will need to be very careful not to damage the sofa when taking it apart. You will also need to be able to reverse the steps of disassembling to put it back together again. You also want to try and undo as little of the upholstery as possible if you are planning on reassembling the sofa.

This is why we recommend getting a professional to do the job. It is the most stress free way of dismantling your sofa for ease of removal.

How to Disassemble a Sofa

If your sofa has removable seat and back cushions, take those off first and set them to one side.

The next thing you will want to do is remove the legs of the sofa. Turn your sofa upside down and see how they are attached. Some will just need to be unscrewed. Others will need to have the screws that hold the legs in place, on the sofa frame, removed with a screwdriver. This may be all you need to do to fit your sofa through the door.

The next step would be to pull out the staples that are holding the cover under the sofa. We would recommend using a staple remover, but a flathead screwdriver and pliers will also work. Carefully roll the covering to expose the sofa frame. Repeat this process on the arms to expose the fasteners that hold them in place.

You can now remove the bolts or screws that hold the arms in place using a wrench, Allen wrench or screwdriver. When the arms are loose, you can carefully remove them. As mentioned above, try to minimalise the amount of upholstery you roll back for ease of rebuilding.

Repeat this process for the bolts that hold the seat and the back together if needed.

Pro Tip:

Make a diagram of the sofa at each stage of disassembly to make it easier to reverse the process. Keep screws and bolts in numbered packets so you know what goes where. Be careful when reaching inside the sofa frame as there may be sharp edges.

Different Types of Sofa

Of course there are many different types of sofa, from corner sofa’s, recliners, U-shaped, sectional and sofa beds. Depending on your type of couch, you may need to adjust the way you approach the dismantling.

Corner/sectional and U-shaped sofas will need to be taken apart in their sections. These are usually clipped together with male/female clasps or clips. You will need to separate the clips to take the pieces apart.

Recliners will need the reclining mechanism removed before separating the back from the seat.

Sofa Beds will need the bed frame pulling out before attempting to take any of it apart. Follow your manufacturers guidelines on this.

For more information on how to dismantle a sofa using our professional team contact Sofa Assist today.

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