Lamps are some of the most common items in your home that you'll have to move. However, they can be the most difficult items to pack. With the light bulbs, lampshades, and electrical cords, there are quite a few fragile pieces of each lamp. But, if you pack according to the method below, you can pack up your lamps like a pro.
What you'll need
In order to pack up your lamps, you'll need the following packing materials:
- Large box for the lampshade
- Appropriately sized box for the lamp body
- Corrugated paper or paper pads
- Stack of packing paper
- Roll of tape
- Permanent marker
How to pack lamps
The first step in packing a lamp is to separate the lampshade from the rest of the lamp, as they need to be packed separately. The harp (the metal framework surrounding the bulb) should be removed from the shade. Though the lampshade should never be packed with the lamp itself, you can pack multiple lampshades together. As long as one can fit into another, the lampshades can be stacked on top of each other and put in the same box. If, however, you have lampshades that are made of silk or are very fragile, pack them separately.
The lampshade box should be prepared with crumpled packing paper on the bottom; you don't want any part of the lampshade to touch the box. Carefully place the lampshade in the box. Surround all sides of the lampshade with more packing paper. Once it is snugly packed in the box, put some more packing paper on top and seal the box. Tape it shut and label it with the contents and arrows indicating which end is up.
Once the lampshade is packed, you can work on wrapping up the light bulb and harp. This can be easily and safely done by laying the harp near one end of a sheet of packing paper. Fold the paper of the harp, and place the bulb on top of the harp. Continue rolling the package forward until the items are completely wrapped.
After that, you can turn your attention to the body of the lamp. This will need to be handled carefully as well, since many lamps can be easily broken. To protect it, you'll need to wrap it up with corrugated paper or paper pads. Simply put the lamp on its side at the edge of a sheet of the paper, with the electrical cord kept away from the lamp. Then, start rolling the lamp up with the paper. When it is completely surrounded by the paper, tuck in the cord and continue wrapping. Once the lamp is wrapped up, use tape to keep it protected.
The lamp can then be placed upright in the box that is slightly larger than the lamp itself. Make sure the bottom of the box has plenty of cushioning from crumpled packing paper, and put extra paper around the lamp to keep it from moving around.
Next, place the bundle containing the light bulb and harp on top. Secure the top of the box with more cushioning, before closing and sealing it shut with tape. Finally, label the box with its contents, destination, and the words "fragile" or "this end up."
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