How to Pack a Dining Room Set

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Your dining room is one of the most unused rooms in the house, so it's best to start your packing here first. However, it also contains some of your most elegant and treasured furniture and possessions--such as china. Packing your dining room table and chairs is probably the simplest part of the process, but still must be done with care to ensure they don't become scratched or damaged during transport. This informative guide will instruct you how to best pack your dining room set for a safe and unblemished arrival.

Take it apart

If possible, disassemble your dining room table and chairs to make them easier to transport and fit onto the truck. Remove the legs and table leaves and wrap each piece individually. If you can, remove the legs from your dining room chairs as well--chairs can be difficult to load onto a moving truck because of their unusual shape. Dismantling the legs will facilitate packing and make the chairs more space efficient. Be sure to keep track of any nuts and bolts you removed--keep them in a plastic bag taped to the underside of your table so you can find them easily when setting up the table in your new home.

Protect it from scratches

Scratches, dings, dents and other abrasions can happen easily during a move. Heavy items are being lifted and hauled through narrow doorways, down stairs, and then loaded onto a jam-packed truck. Luckily, using the proper materials can greatly reduce the risk of your furniture suffering the slightest harm during its trip.
  • Wrap a glass tabletop with moving pads, and then wrap it in bubble wrap. The added protection of these air-filled pockets will prevent the delicate glass from scratching or cracking. The furniture pad will prevent the bubbles from leaving impressions on the glass. You can also buy specialty boxes made for fragile items like glass tabletops called mirror boxes.
  • Wrap wooden table tops and leaves in furniture pads or blankets and tape securely. Make sure the blankets cover the table's edges, corners, and any other part that can cause or is easily susceptible to abrasion. Don't use plastic wrapping directly on any wood surface--it can cause moisture to form and damage the wood's finish. You can also purchase protective corners for your table to add an extra shield from nicks and scratches.
  • Wrap wooden chair and table legs with furniture blankets, bubble wrap or stretch wrap. Be sure to wrap them with paper before using stretch wrap or bubble wrap to protect the wood from moisture. Do the same for the body of the chair, and wrap any extensions, rails or bars on the chair with bubble wrap for protection. These parts of the chair are most vulnerable to damage.

Loading the truck

Although it is a good idea to enlist the help of registered movers, you may opt to rent a truck and do the move yourself. If so:
  • Carry a table by holding one end and having a partner take the other. If you were able to remove the legs, turn the table vertically while carrying so it can easily pass through narrow hallways and doorways. If not, carry it horizontally to prevent bumping the legs on any surfaces and breaking them. Never drag a table across the floor--this can do serious damage to the floor and the table.
  • Move carefully around corners and through doorways. You may have to reposition the table as you move to get through tight or awkward spaces.
  • If you were able to remove the legs, position the table-top against the wall of the truck and secure it in place with bungee cords.
  • If the legs are still attached, you can stand the table on its legs or lie it upside down, depending on how full your truck will be. If there are not a lot of items, an upright table may not remain stationary during the trip. Consider the weight of any items you place on top of the table, or near the table legs if you place the table upside down. You can place boxes underneath an upright table to help hold it still.
  • Carry chairs from the seat, never the chair back or by the legs. Stack chairs on the moving truck by placing one chair upright, and another chair upside down with the seats against one another. If you are able to remove chair legs, you can stack the chairs easily. You may want to secure them with rope or bungee cords to keep them stationary during the move.

Other tips

  • Apply wax to wood before packing to help protect the surface.
  • Take photos to help you remember how to reassemble it later, and to provide proof of its condition in case it gets damaged.
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Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on February 21, 2013

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