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Modular/Collapsible/Portable Furniture - The Art of Constantly Moving

HadjiQuestHadjiQuest Registered User regular
I've moved 5 times in 3 years, and I don't think I'm done yet.

I'm really tired of carrying wood dressers, bookshelves, an oak dining room set, my PC table, couches, loungers, etc. back and forth across the great state of Michigan. A lot of it needs to be carefully disassembled and reassembled with screws and nails, which reduces the durability, especially of the wood stuff, pretty significantly.

Now, the only piece of furniture that I don't mind moving is my current little entertainment center, which is really just a three tier table of three shelves, with a few aluminum/plastic rods that screw in between levels. It takes less than 2 minutes to disassemble or reassemble it, and in its un-assembled form, it's just three flat shelves and some small rods. It's pretty similar to this one here.

I'd love to get some furniture that's just as easy to collapse, transport and rebuild. Especially when it comes to bookcases, which I have a few of and take the most effort to move around.

Does anyone have any good suggestions for furniture that matches my needs?

I know I could easily replace my dining set with a folding table and chairs set, and I already plan on doing so.

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  • jefe414jefe414 "My Other Drill Hole is a Teleporter" Mechagodzilla is Best GodzillaRegistered User regular
    I have almost the same TV stand. Have you thought about something like this: Lowes metal shelves ? If you want to store other stuff (aside from books/dvds) you can get some of these Cloth bins to put rolled shirts, socks, underwear in. Works for me.

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  • zepherinzepherin Russian warship, go fuck yourself Registered User regular
    Does it have to be collapseable, or would you be willing to move towards furniture that is light weight, but that you don't take it apart.

  • HadjiQuestHadjiQuest Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    Does it have to be collapseable, or would you be willing to move towards furniture that is light weight, but that you don't take it apart.

    Lightweight works too, although I'd prefer it to be sized in a way where it'd be easy to carry up a staircase or put it in a large sedan.

  • ihmmyihmmy Registered User regular
    I'd started looking at some folding furniture a little while ago, and found these ones particularly nice for desks and a table:
    http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20104718/#/20104718
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004DNY8YY/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_ZZtNrb1M7857G
    http://www.target.com/p/folding-desk-natural/-/A-10462930

    I have a bookshelf similar to this already: http://www.amazon.com/Yu-Shan-Folding-Stackable-Bookcase/dp/B0047T6K86 and it's HEAVY as all heck to cart around. The folding is nice, but it weighs waaay more than the flimsy bookshelves you take apart.

  • HadjiQuestHadjiQuest Registered User regular
    Wow, yeah, that stuff looks pretty rad but also heavy and a little out of my price range. I'm fine with plasticy stuff or non-folding stuff that's really simple to take apart (things that clip or snap together, or even dowels instead of screws).
    jefe414 wrote: »
    I have almost the same TV stand. Have you thought about something like this: Lowes metal shelves ? If you want to store other stuff (aside from books/dvds) you can get some of these Cloth bins to put rolled shirts, socks, underwear in. Works for me.

    I've been looking into this a little bit. I've seen stuff like that at stores all the time, and my dad bought me some plastic shelves last year that are similar to the metal ones you linked, but I never put them together because they have huge gaps between shelves, so it's not very practical as a book or DVD shelf. But I'm going to head to the store tonight to see if I can come up with something similar.

  • tinwhiskerstinwhiskers Registered User regular
    Replace your dresser with
    http://www.organizeit.com/stackable-plastic-storage-drawers-white.asp?cmpid=amzAds

    Tape them shut when you have to move and your clothes are already packed. All I used during the chain of 1 year leases that is college.

    Depending on how its exactly put together you can use barrel bolts or hasps

    To convert some of your furniture in to more quick to assemble stuff.

    And

    http://www.organizeit.com/interlocking-wire-storage-cubes-black.asp

    Are a good substitute for bookshelves if you aren't loading them up with too much weight.

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  • HadjiQuestHadjiQuest Registered User regular
    Replace your dresser with
    http://www.organizeit.com/stackable-plastic-storage-drawers-white.asp?cmpid=amzAds

    Tape them shut when you have to move and your clothes are already packed. All I used during the chain of 1 year leases that is college.

    Depending on how its exactly put together you can use barrel bolts or hasps

    To convert some of your furniture in to more quick to assemble stuff.

    And

    http://www.organizeit.com/interlocking-wire-storage-cubes-black.asp

    Are a good substitute for bookshelves if you aren't loading them up with too much weight.

    Nice ideas!

    I was actually looking at those cubes at Target a little earlier, and I think they'd fit my needs. I might still need a single real bookcase to hold heavier stuff than DVDs and paperbacks, but one is better than three.

    I might run into Home Depot tomorrow if I have a few minutes.

  • DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    Depending on where you move, I was kind of in the same boat. I got rid of my dresser, and anything that doesn't hang up, goes into these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-6351-1234-JAVA-Organizer-Collection-Accessory/dp/B001KMRZ0U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377796995&sr=8-1&keywords=closet+storage+organizer
    Two of those holds all of my regular clothes and when you move you just shove the whole thing in a trashbag, or clothes->container and fold up the organizer.

    My advice gets more extreme as it goes down, so if you reach "fuck this guy" early on, dont bother to keep reading :P

    For bed the queen mattresses are a pain to move, but otherwise its a metal bed frame that tears apart in 3 minutes. The only big things I own that I couldn't pickup and move are: mattress/tv stand/desk/couch. The desk and tv stand are cheap enough to replace everytime I move, so I dont worry about it if the time comes. For couches though, if you convert to custom built bean bags, you can get them cheap enough on each move that you dont have to move the thing.

    For shelves? Get rid of your analog items. unless you have sentimental/investment value, sell/dump it for a kindle. stop buying blu-ray/dvd/vhs's. I know the book thing will get some boos, but if you want to lighten up thats a great way.

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