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 specific packing 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:
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic stretch wrap
- Corrugated cardboard sheets
- Sealable plastic bags
- Furniture blankets
- Sofa and mattress covers
- Packing tape
- 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 furniture.
- 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 loading:
- 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 personal injuries.
- Use the hooks or paneling on the inside of the truck to secure your furniture.
- 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 the truck.
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 move.