Moving furniture such as beds, sofas,
tables, or china cabinets sure isn’t easy. As these items are large and heavy,
as well as easily damaged, they need to be properly protected during the move to
ensure their good condition upon arrival.
Make a List
The first step in preparing your furniture for the move is to create a list
of each piece you will be taking. Doing this will help you figure out what
materials you need and how much to get.
Additionally, making a list
in advance will allow you to determine how much time you will spend packing and
wrapping your furniture and how much extra help you will need to lift the pieces
into the truck.
Get the Materials
Once you know which items will be making the move to your new home, you can
start gathering all of the materials you need to pack your belongings. You are
likely to need a few, if not all, of the following items:
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- Bubble wrap
- Plastic stretch wrap
- Corrugated cardboard sheets
- Sealable plastic bags
- Furniture blankets
- Sofa and mattress covers
- Old blankets or towels
TIP: It is a good idea to clean your furniture
before you start packing. You certainly don’t want to pack up dusty furniture
and then have to clean it when you move into your new home.
Dissassemble and Wrap
After you acquire the right materials, you can begin the packing process.
- Remove any items you have stored in dressers, china
cabinets, or armoires.
- Disassemble any pieces that can be taken apart, such as
sofa or table legs and dining room table leafs. Be sure to follow any manuals in
order to remove the pieces properly. By removing any detachable parts, your
furniture can be more easily transported. You can also prevent some damage to
them and your house; if not removed, you may end up banging table legs against
doorframes and walls.
- Any disassembled parts should then be wrapped with the appropriate
materials and stored away in boxes. Of course, you should clearly label
the box so you can easily find it when you are ready to reassemble your
furniture in your new home. Remember to place any screws, nuts, and bolts in
sealable plastic bags and tape these bags to the main piece or place them in the
boxes with the appropriate parts.
TIP: Whichever materials you use, remember to use
plenty of tape or string to ensure that they won’t slip off and expose your
- Glass tabletops should be covered in packing paper and
placed in telescoping cardboard boxes. If you don’t have these materials, you
can always use old
blankets or towels to wrap your tabletops.
- Mattresses and sofas can be packed in specially-made plastic
covers, which will protect them from rips, stains, and moisture. Should
you not be able to find appropriate covers, you can use plastic shrink wrap for
protecting these items.
Load the Truck
Once your furniture is properly disassembled and wrapped up, you can begin
loading your pieces onto the truck. Here are some things to keep in mind when
- If an item is very heavy, use a dolly to help you bring it out to the
truck. This will help you to avoid damage to your large items and to prevent
- Use the hooks or paneling on the inside of the truck to secure your
- Try to keep the truck properly balanced by placing objects of similar
weights on opposite sides of the truck.
- When loading mattresses, place them upright to free up some extra room in
Of course, there is no way to guarantee that your goods will arrive at your
home in perfect condition. By properly wrapping and packing them, you can
at least prevent any unnecessary damage. Following the tips in this guide can
help ensure the safety and good condition of your furniture during the