When preparing for a move, one of the biggest issues you face is how to safely move your furniture. When you arrive at your new home, you want your things to be damage free. Without the proper precautions, wood furniture can get gouged, upholstery can be ripped, and glass can break. Luckily, with a few supplies and some easy tricks, you can move all of your belongings without worrying about possible damage. These tips will work whether you are moving into a new home or relocating these items to storage.
Gather Your Supplies
At first blush, you may think all you need to pack and protect your belongings are some cardboard boxes, tape and moving blankets. While these items will work, investing in a few more supplies will ensure your move or relocation to a storage facility is flawless. Head to your local hardware store or a package store and purchase the following:
● Packing tape
● Bubble Wrap
● Sofa and mattress covers
● Plastic stretch wrap
● Sealable plastic bags
● Corrugated cardboard sheets
First Things First
Before you pack anything, take the time to thoroughly clean and dust your furniture. Dust and other debris can scratch hard surfaces during the moving process. Cleaning the furniture before you move also means you won’t be doing it at your new home! Take a few minutes to walk around your home and remove any knobs, casters and pulls from all of your furniture. Take the drawers out of dressers and desks and pack in them. This gives you extra storage space while lightening up heavy furniture for the move.
Whenever possible, dismantle your furniture. Remove the legs from tables and couches. Take bed frames completely apart. Remove cushions. In short, if a piece of furniture can be safely dismantled, do it. This will make the furniture easier to move and will help prevent damage caused by brushing up against walls or door frames. It will also make it easier to pack your moving truck. Keep the following tips in mind:
● Always use an owner’s manual, if available, to determine how to dismantle furniture correctly.
● Use sealable plastic bags to hold the screws and other hardware for each piece of furniture. Tape the bag securely to the item to prevent losing any hardware.
● If a piece of furniture has a lot of pieces, use masking tape and a marker to note where each piece goes. This will go a long way to protect your furniture.
Consider dismantling furniture the day before to save time on moving day.
Bubble Wrap and plastic sheeting are two of the best tools at your disposal when it comes to safely moving your furniture. Use Bubble Wrap to protect delicate wood pieces. Plastic wrap or specially designed plastic sofa covers should be used to protect your upholstered items. In a pinch, old blankets or packing blankets will work. It is also a good idea to use corrugated cardboard sheets in between wooden pieces. This adds extra protection and helps prevent gouges or scratches while furniture is on the truck.
Bubble Wrap is also ideal for protecting glass table tops and mirrors. Consider taping a giant “X” on the item first so, if it does break, it will be less likely to shatter. Wrap the glass or mirror completely, paying special attention to the corners. Finish by placing the item between two sheets of corrugated cardboard.
How you place your items in the moving truck is equally important; take the time to plan. This will make things easier for you and your movers.
● Start out by creating a wall of boxes across the back end of the truck. Boxes should be the same size, sealed and tightly packed to prevent slipping. Choose your heaviest boxes, which shouldn’t contain fragile items, for this section. It will bring added stability.
● Move in any square furniture, such as dressers and desk. Place them directly against your box wall for added cushion. Be sure to use packing blankets or corrugated cardboard between pieces.
● Use the tops of the dressers for more boxes; just be sure they are lightweight and tightly packed to prevent slippage.
● Move in mattresses next. Place a blanket on the floor to protect your mattress from dirt, especially if you haven’t wrapped it.
● Upholstered items need additional care. Use rope to secure the pieces to the hooks in the truck, and carefully choose which items will be packed around them. Even though you wrapped your upholstered items, add a layer of packing blankets for added security.
Don’t forget to take care when unloading the truck as well!
Moving doesn’t have to be stressful. Take some of the worry out of the equation by packing and securing your belongings smartly. Doing so will help ensure your things arrive at your new home in good shape. If you decide to move some items to self storage, they are already prepared for the long term.