Sleeper sofas are great ideas for hosting short-term guests. The springy, wiry support under a thin layer of padding is the perfect compromise for estranged siblings and visitors who might be tempted to overstay their welcome. It’s almost like offering a real bed, but you know that their aching back will be a reminder to get a real job or hit the road. The biggest downside to this piece of furniture is when it comes time to move to a new apartment or house. The compact internal beds make sleeper sofas about as light and manoeuvrable as second refrigerators. If you live on the second floor, you might as well try to carefully manoeuvre an orca around the corner in the stairwell. When it’s time to move, consider these life hacks.
Cheap furniture is a hot commodity on Craigslist, especially when local college students are moving back into town. If you aren’t absolutely devoted to the fabric and style of your current piece, then getting a replacement should be easy. If you move frequently, then it may be better to get a futon, which offers much of the same versatility at less than half the weight.
If your arrangements with the landlord have been largely word of mouth, and if you have already collected your deposit, it might be possible to get away with just leaving the thing behind. Unless the next resident is very picky about decor, they’ll be able to use the thing somewhere. If you aren’t the passive-aggressive type, then you could talk to the landlord directly. Point out that the property could then be listed as “partially furnished,” which would attract more interest from potential residents.
This probably shouldn’t be “plan A,” but disposing of sleeper sofas will be much easier after they are reduced to smaller pieces. Since very few models are held together by screws, a more destructive approach will likely be necessary. The ideal tool will depend on the component you’re dismantling at the moment. A saw would also work for the wooden frame and backing, but an axe would feel infinitely more cathartic. Be careful swinging any kind of tool against the padding or springy bed structure.
Once the parts have been dismantled and carried outside, they may still take up too much space for the garbage pickup. Those who live in rural areas are often allowed to burn a certain amount of yard waste and other garbage. Depending on your personal history with sleeper sofas, this may be an opportunity to give it the treatment either of a witch or a Viking king. In any case, be careful about the laws in your area, because burning a large piece of furniture is generally illegal within city limits.
Even if this piece of furniture was much beloved in your household, it’s important to appreciate the incredible difficulty involved in moving such a bulky and cumbersome beast. While the size may not seem significant, the folding metal bed adds a lot of weight. Rookie movers can also angle the wrong direction through doorways, leading to the whole thing unfolding at inopportune times. Think carefully about taking advantage of these life hacks.