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How to Estimate the Weight of a Bedroom When Moving

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The exact weight of your bedroom will depend on the size of the room, its contents, the size and type of your bed, and the amount of furniture you will be relocating. If you are hiring professional movers to pack and/or transport your belongings, you may want to calculate the weight of your goods to get an idea of what your move will cost. Additionally, if you are renting a truck and transporting your own belongings, you will need to determine the cubic footage of your possessions so you will know what size trailer you need. The following table will list some common items found in a bedroom, their typical weight, and size in cubic feet so you can better estimate the volume of the belongings you will be transporting for your move.

ItemsWeight (in pounds)Cubic feet
Bed canopy 105 15
Headboard (small) 70 10
Headboard (medium) 105 15
Headboard (large) 175 25
Footboard 70 10
Bed post 35 5
Single bed 210 30
Double bed 350 50
King-size bed 420 60
Bunk bed 420 60
Bedroom chair 84 12
Bedside table 105 15
Single dresser 210 30
Double dresser 280 40
Triple dresser 350 50
Wardrobe (single) 175 25
Wardrobe (double) 315 45
Wardrobe (triple) 420 60
Armoire (small) 280 40
Armoire (medium) 350 50
Armoire (large) 420 60
Dressing Table 210 30
Mirror (small) 21 3
Mirror (large) 49 7
Futon 210 30
Waterbed 525 75
Floor lamp 21 3
Table lamp 14 2
Computer chair 70 10
Computer system 105 15
Desk 154 22
Bookcase (per section) 140 20
Blinds/shades 21 3
Curtains/Rods 28 4
Picture (small) 21 3
Picture (large) 49 7
Area rug (small) 35 5
Area rug (large) 70 10
Hamper 35 5
Window A.C. 40 4
Box of books 14 2
Box of clothes 42 6
Box of comforters 42 6
Box of pillows 42 6
Box of shoes 42 6

Packing the Bedroom

Packing the bed

  • Take apart your bed frame. It will be easier to pack and transport if it is disassembled. Tie the rails or cross pieces together with rope or tape. Take apart your headboard, footboard, and canopy if you can as well.
  • Wrap each piece of your bed separately with moving pads and secure with packing tape. Make sure to never allow the tape to come in contact with the wood, brass, etc. The adhesive will leave behind an unsightly residue.
  • After wrapping each piece of your bed with furniture blankets, you can process wrap them with shrink wrap to hold it all together. However, make sure you never use shrink wrap directly on wood furniture. The plastic can trap condensation or melt in high temperatures, resulting in severe damage to your wood.
  • Gather all nuts, screws, bolts and washers that were removed during disassembly. Place in a small plastic bag and attach it to the bed so you can easily locate them for reassembly in your new home.
  • To protect your mattresses and box springs from dirt and tears, cover them with plastic mattress covers. You may also opt to place them inside mattress cartons.
  • Load your mattresses and box springs on their sides against the wall of the truck. Place your wrapped footboards, headboards, bed frame pieces, and other parts in between them.

Packing a dresser

  • Empty all the contents from the drawers. If your bureau is particularly heavy, you may want to remove the drawers to be packed and moved separately. However, while this will make the dresser lighter to lift, it will be less space-sufficient on the truck.
  • Wrap the dresser with a furniture pad by draping one over the top. Using packing tape, circle around the dresser four or more times, making sure it is snug and secure and the drawers will stay in place if you have opted to not remove them.
  • Tip the dresser carefully to tape the padding underneath the bottom, making sure never to let the tape come in contact with the surface.
  • If you have a very tall dresser, you may need more than one furniture pad to wrap it completely. Set dresser in the center of one pad, fold it upwards and around the dresser, securing it in place with packing tape. Take another pad and place it over the top of the dresser, once again circling the pad with tape until it is wrapped snugly.

Packing an armoire

  • Remove all shelves from the inside of your armoire unless they are permanently attached.
  • Remove all breakable items from your armoire. You may opt to pack the inside of your armoire with linens, pillows, bedding or other soft, fluffy items. These will not become damaged during transport and will help support the inside of your armoire.
  • Close and lock the doors if possible. If your doors do not lock, tie the handles together securely with rope. If your doors are particularly fragile--such as glass doors--you should remove them and pack them separately.
  • Wrap glass doors with paper pads and then bubble wrap, taping them securely. Never use bubble wrap directly on the surface of glass--the air pockets can leave behind permanent impressions.
  • Be sure to keep track of all nuts, bolts and screws that you remove during disassembly. Place them inside a small plastic bag and tape it to the underside or backside of your armoire so they can be easily located for reassembly in your new home.
  • Wrap your armoire completely with furniture blankets and tape it securely. Be sure to never let the tape come in contact with the wood--it can leave behind unsightly residue or damage the wood's finish. Make sure your armoire is snugly wrapped so your drawers will remain stationary if you have not removed them.

Packing clothes and shoes

  • For any clothes that need to be hung, you should purchase wardrobe boxes. Assemble the wardrobe box, and put the included bar in place. Hang your clothes from their hangers they same way you would in your closet. Avoid packing clothes too closely together. Each box will hold about two feet of closet space.
  • Tape the flaps securely with packing tape, and use tape to reinforce all the seams as well. This will prevent moisture from seeping inside and causing damage to your clothing.
  • Folded clothes can be packed in regular, medium-sized cartons. Line the cartons with packing paper, and set a layer of folded clothing items on top. Lie a second piece of packing paper over the single layer, and continue with another layer of items. Do this until the box is full, and top it off with one final sheet of packing paper. Tape the box securely with packing tape.
  • The best way to pack shoes is inside of their original boxes. Stack as many shoes boxes as you can inside of a medium-sized carton and tape it securely with packing tape.
  • For shoes that do not have a box, you will have to wrap them with packing paper. Place one shoe on the corner of a sheet of packing paper, and roll it halfway to wrap it. Place the other shoe opposite the first and continue rolling until both shoes are completely wrapped. Place the package on its side at the bottom of a medium-sized carton.
  • Pack heavier shoes at the bottom of the box to avoid crushing your more delicate pairs.

Packing bedding

  • Line a large or medium-sized box with packing paper and place your folded comforter and other heavier, more dense bedding items inside. Push down on the quilts to compress them and save space.
  • Follow with sheets, linens, and pillows, packing as much as you can inside the carton.
  • Top it with a sheet of packing paper to protect against dirt and stains.
  • Close the box and tape it securely with packing tape.

Packing lamps

  • Begin by separating the shade from the lamp. Remove the harp (the metal framework that surrounds the bulb) from the shade. The shade should be wrapped separately from the lamp and the harp because it is light and delicate.
  • Prepare your lamp shade box by filling the bottom with crumpled pieces of packing paper or packing peanuts for cushioning.
  • If you have several lamp shades that can fit into one another, you can stack them on top of each other and place the stack inside the box. Don't attempt to pack more than three shades together in the box.
  • Place the lamp shade(s) inside the box and surround with more packing paper until your package is snug. This will keep the shades stationary during transit. Seal the box with tape.
  • Next, wrap the harp by lying it near the end of a sheet of packing paper and rolling it forward until it is completely wrapped.
  • Wrap the body of the lamp with corrugated paper or paper pads. Lie it on the edge of a sheet with the cord pulled away from the body of the lamp. Roll the lamp until it is completely covered in paper, and then tuck the cord inside the package and continue wrapping. This will create a paper barrier between the cord and the lamp's surface to prevent any scratching. Tape the paper in place. You may also opt to follow up with bubble wrap if your lamp is especially valuable, fragile or has sentimental value.
  • Pack the wrapped lamp inside a box just slightly larger than the lamp. Fill the box with crumpled packing paper or packing peanuts for cushioning, making sure there is no extra space for the lamp to shift around. Tape the box securely and mark it "Fragile" with arrows indicating which direction the box should be carried and set down.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on April 8, 2013

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