How to Pack a Chandelier

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Chandeliers are an elegant addition to any home. However, since these ornate light fixtures are quite expensive and extremely fragile, it can be quite challenging to pack a chandelier when moving. Here are some steps to learn how to pack a chandelier for moving so it makes it to your new home in one piece.

How to Pack a Chandelier

Step 1: Gathering necessary supplies

Here is a list of the supplies you'll need to pack a chandelier:

  • Ladder
  • Pre-measured, sturdy cardboard box
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam padding
  • Packing peanuts
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Screwdriver

Step 2: Removing a chandelier from the ceiling

When disconnecting your chandelier from the ceiling, make sure you have assistance. You may need someone to support the body of the chandelier while you disconnect the wires as well as someone to support your ladder during the process.

Here's how to remove a chandelier from a high ceiling:

  • Turn off the power to the room where the chandelier is located using your main fuse box. This is very important to avoid electric shock when disconnecting the chandelier.
  • Use a ladder to reach the chandelier on the ceiling. Position the ladder slightly to the side of the chandelier so you can easily see the base of the chandelier where it connects to the ceiling.
  • Turn the metal hook that extends from the ceiling counterclockwise until it comes loose. You should have a helper beside you on another ladder to support the body of the chandelier, so its weight doesn't damage the wiring in the ceiling.
  • Reach into the ceiling and carefully pull the wires into view. Gently grasp the plastic cap connecting the white, black, and green or copper wires and turn it counterclockwise to remove them.
  • Carefully untangle all ceiling wires from the chandelier wires and lower the chandelier to the floor.

Step 3: Disassembling the chandelier

Use a screwdriver to disassemble the chandelier and wrap each part separately. Here's how to take apart a chandelier:

  • Remove all detachable parts from the chandelier, such as lampshades, light bulbs, crystals, chains, removable arms, or candle cups.
  • Removable pieces may be attached with wire, hooks, nuts or screws. Be sure to keep track of all these small pieces for reassembly later.
  • If your light bulbs are old, you may want to dispose of them and purchase new ones when you arrive at your new home. However, if you choose to pack bulbs, wrap them carefully in bubble wrap and place them in a separate box.
  • Wrap crystals, glass chains, lamp shades, and other small parts in packing paper and secure with tape. Wrap them again with bubble wrap for added protection.
  • Place all screws and other fasteners in a plastic zip lock bag and label for easy reassembly in your new home.
  • Carefully roll up wires and cords and secure them with twist-ties to avoid tangling.

Step 4: Packing a chandelier for moving

Before packing a chandelier for moving, make sure to measure your box to ensure that the it will fit properly. Once you've done that, get all the necessary protective packing materials ready. Here are the steps you need to follow to pack a chandelier:

  • Wrap the chandelier in packing paper one section at a time. Make sure each arm or scroll is completely covered for optimal protection.
  • Secure the paper with packing tape on each individual piece.
  • Once the entire chandelier is covered, follow by wrapping it in several layers of protective bubble wrap. Secure with tape.
  • Prepare a sturdy cardboard box for packing. Get a strong cardboard box that is large enough to fit the light fixture. Reinforce the bottom of it with packing tape to make it even stronger.
  • Place one foam pad on the bottom of the box and gently lay the chandelier on top.
  • Place all wrapped removable chandelier parts and your zip lock bag of hardware inside the box with the chandelier (bulbs should be packed separately).
  • Stuff the box with as much cushioning as possible. You can use either foam packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper to fill all empty space around the chandelier.
  • Place another foam pad on top of the chandelier and close the flaps of the box.
  • VERY GENTLY shake the box to ensure that the chandelier doesn't shift and will remain stationary during transit. If you can hear anything rattle inside, open the box and add more cushioning.
  • Secure the box with packing tape.
  • Label your box "Fragile" and "This Side Up" to indicate which direction the box should always be carried and set down.

If you are unsure of how to properly disconnect and pack a chandelier by yourself, then it's better to hire a professional moving company to handle this delicate task for you. Many professional movers are equipped with the correct tools, materials, and know-how to efficiently pack crystal and other fragile items while minimizing the risk of damage. To begin comparing free quotes from moving services near you, just fill out the quote form today!

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on February 11, 2014

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