How to Pack and Move a Table

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A glass-topped coffee table is not only heavy but also delicate and fragile. You will need to exercise caution and diligence when wrapping, moving, and loading it onto a moving truck to ensure that it doesn't shatter or sustain any damage, cracks, or scratches.

A lot of people make mistake of wrapping their table directly in bubble wrap, which can cause damage to the table. Since your coffee tabletops are not only made of glass, but also with wooden, or marble, it's important to know how to pack each different kind very carefully.

Here are some tips to learn how to protect your wooden, marble or glass-topped table, so it arrives at your new home unscathed and intact.

Disassembling the table

Whenever possible, dismantle your wooden, marble-top, glass-topped coffee table completely. Remove the legs from the table, take the glass frames completely apart, and pack the individual pieces separately. This will make the table easier to move and will help prevent damage caused by it brushing up against walls or door frames. It will also make it easier to pack your moving truck.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you're disassembling a glass-topped or a wooden table:

  • First lay down a moving blanket or some protective sheet on the floor to prevent scratches to the tabletop. Then turn over the table so that the top is resting against the blanket and the legs are pointing upwards.
  • Locate where the legs are screwed into the tabletop and use a screwdriver to remove them.
  • Use sealable plastic bags to keep all the screws together. Tape the bag securely so the screws don't get lost during the move and so you can easily reassemble your table at your new home.

Packing the table for moving

Once you've separated the legs from the tabletop, wrap them securely with a moving blanket.

Since tabletops come in all shapes, styles, and materials it's important to know how to pack each different kind.

For a glass-top table

Properly packing your glass tabletop will protect it from scratches and damage during your move. Follow these steps to effectively pack a glass tabletop for moving:

How to Pack and Move Glass-Top Table

  • Wrap the entire glass top with packing paper and secure it with tape. Make sure the adhesive never comes in direct contact with glass' surface and apply packing tape only to the paper.
  • After wrapping the glass with packing paper, cover the entire glass top with bubble wrap and secure with tape. The packing paper is used as a barrier against the air pockets in the bubble wrap, which can leave impressions on your beautiful glass top.
  • Measure the dimensions of the glass top table so that you can purchase a telescopic box from the packing supply company. These specialty boxes are flat, wide containers that are made especially for transporting heavy yet fragile items, such as glass, pictures, and mirrors.

    If you don't want to purchase a telescopic box, you can always make your own box for packing a round glass tabletop of your coffee table before you attempt anything.
  • Pack the tabletop in a telescopic box or in cardboard that is long enough to cover the top.

For a marble-top table

How to Pack and Move Marble-top Table

While marble is heavy, it is a soft stone that can easily be broken or damaged during a move. Remember when packing your marble-top table to keep it upright, and do not lay it flat while moving or storing it.

To pack a marble top table, you can use moving blankets that covers the top and wraps around the bottom. You could break down a wardrobe box and use that to cover the marble top since those boxes are generally made with sturdy cardboard.

We recommend purchasing special cartons or crates for marble tabletops, and only one article should be packed in each carton for relocation.

For a wooden-top table

How to Pack and Move Wooden-top Table

It is always a good idea to pack wooden tabletops in moving blankets and make sure the entire wooden tabletop is wrapped well with moving blanket and secure the blanket with packing tape. And then protect the wooden table with a layer of bubble wrap. This helps prevent scratches while the furniture is on the truck.

Once you pack the wooden table in moving blanket, you can use telescopic box to place the packed furniture.

Moving the table

If you feel comfortable packing and moving your table yourself, be sure to handle it with care while carrying it out of your home and loading it onto the truck.

  • Always place the glass tabletop on its side in the truck. Never lay the glass face down or place anything on top of it. This can cause the glass to shatter.
  • Place heavier items in front of it to hold it in place. Lean the glass against the wall of the truck's interior and support it by placing something sturdy next to it, such as a mattress. This will prevent it from sliding, tilting, or crashing to the floor. You can also secure it in place with ropes for extra protection.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on March 3, 2013

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