|Wood furniture is more susceptible to damage during a move than any other item. Whether it's an antique bookcase, a desk passed down from generation to generation or a brand new coffee table that you just bought at Pottery Barn, you want to make sure all of your wood furniture is properly wrapped and protected prior to moving day.
There are a lot of simple mistakes made when packing and moving wood furniture that can be avoided to easily prevent common damage. Read on for some tips on how to wrap and protect your wood furniture for your move.
Wrapping and packing your furniture
- Use furniture pads, moving blankets, and foam padding whenever possible. When it comes to delicate wooden furniture, there is no such thing as "too much" protection. It's always better to be safe than sorry--when you're wrapping up your wood furniture, do it as thoroughly as possible and cover every square inch of exposed wood. Even wrap it multiple times if you have to.
- Do NOT wrap wooden furniture in bubble wrap or any other kind of plastic shrink wrap. Wood is an organic material, which means it needs to breathe. Smothering it in layer after layer of bubble wrap or plastic shrink wrap can be very damaging to the furniture's wood surface. If you want to use bubble wrap as an extra line of defense, place a layer of moving blankets or furniture pads beneath it so that the plastic does not come in direct contact with the wood.
- Secure any drawers and remove all knobs and other small pieces that can come loose. Some wood furniture, especially older antique pieces, are equipped with small parts that can easily come dislodged during a move, such as drawer handles, knobs, and casters. Before wrapping the furniture, remove all of these pieces and safely pack them away in a brown envelope or zip lock bag. If there are any drawers or cabinets on the piece, tie them shut with twine. Place some padding underneath it to prevent the coarse twine from directly coming into the contact with the wood. NEVER tape any drawers or doors shut on a piece of wood furniture.
- Remove all legs and place extra padding on any corners and handles. Since legs, corners and handles are all protruding furniture parts and most likely to come into contact with other objects, be safe by removing legs and handles (if possible) and placing extra padding and protection on all corners.
Moving and loading wood furniture
Once the packing and wrapping process is done and you've provided enough cushioning for your fragile wood furniture, the next step is loading the pieces onto the moving truck. This is the part of the move where most of the damage is likely to occur, so it's important to be extra cautious and follow these tips:
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- Use a furniture dolly for large, heavy items. For pieces of wood furniture like armoires, desks and dining room tables that you just can't move by yourself, you should have the proper equipment like a furniture dolly to help you move the items out of the house and onto the moving truck.
- Make sure to have a few helping hands around to assist you. In addition to having the proper moving equipment, having a few extra hands to help you in lifting and moving the furniture is also necessary. Never slide or drag wood furniture on the floor to move it, always make sure you lift the item completely off the ground and carry it to ensure that you do not damage the furniture or your floors.
- Tie down larger items in the truck to prevent them from toppling over. For your large, heavy items, tying them down to the truck bed with twine will help keep them stable while in transit and prevent them from falling over.
- Never stack other items on top of wood furniture. As enticing as it may be to stack a few boxes on top of your wood dresser or coffee table, resist the urge. Stacking heavy items on top of your delicate wood furniture can place undue pressure on the furniture and damage it.
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