Answered by Robert MoreschiNovember 26, 2013
Entertainment centers tend to vary in size, but for the most part they are big, heavy and cumbersome to move. Moving it into the basement of your home, even if it's only the top part, will be a job for more than one person, and it's important to know how to properly wrap and move such an item in order to move it safely without damaging it and without injuring yourself in the process.
Types of entertainment centers
To get a better idea of how big your entertainment center is, you should determine what kind of entertainment center you have. Since there are many different variations of what an entertainment center is, there is also a variation on how big or small they are and how much they weigh. While a smaller unit, with only a few shelves to store some books or DVDs and a space to put your television, might weigh around 100 pounds, a larger one with compartments for DVD players, record players, sound systems, books, movies, and additional storage might weigh between 150-200 pounds.
Tips for moving an entertainment center
So you've already established how much the entertainment center weighs, now all you have to do is wrap it and prepare it to be moved -- easier said than done. Wrapping an entertainment center, like any other heavy item or large piece of furniture, takes a lot of time and patience to make sure that you've done it securely. Here are some additional tips for your entertainment center:
- Empty everything from the shelves and cabinets before preparing the unit. Before you begin wrapping and prepping the entertainment center for the move, make sure you've removed all electronics from the unit and taken your TV and all books, records, movies and other items down and packed them away separately.
- Use moving pads and blankets to protect the entertainment center. To keep your unit from being scratched, nicked and damaged while you move it, cover it in at least one or two layers of moving blankets to avoid having it collide with other items or with your walls or furniture.
- Hire professional movers to lend a hand. Large, heavy items like entertainment centers are difficult to move on your own, which is why it's always a smart idea to hire professional movers and packers to handle it for you.
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