How to Protect Your Furniture When Moving

Whether you hire professionals or you perform the move yourself, the furniture will be at risk of damage. Its edges can get chipped away and glass might break due to improper handling. Furthermore, if the furniture isn’t secured and protected in the right way, the extent of the damage could be even greater. That’s why protecting furniture before moving house is essential unless you want to own damaged goods in your new home.

Choosing the right packaging

Don’t even consider moving your furniture anywhere unless it is properly packaged. Just like you place an item in a box before sending it through the mail so does furniture need an outer casing. Cardboard boxes coupled with packing tape have become the standard a long time ago but you should add extra protection. You should make a trip down to the local hardware store and buy the most used packaging materials, as well as those that are up-to-date.

For instance, bubble wrap is ideal for smaller pieces of furniture and for covering any ornaments that might be protruding. Sofa and mattress covers are large enough to go over the entire couch, yet sturdy enough to protect its fabric. Any small items, like keys, locks, hinges, etc. should be placed in sealable plastic bags where they’ll be safe from water damage.

Dismantling all the extras

Before you actually pack the furniture, it should be prepared for packaging. This step implies dismantling everything that is surplus and that might hinder the move. If possible, remove all the knobs, hinges or pulls from the furniture. These usually protrude from the main body of a particular piece of furniture and could get caught in a door frame or you can scratch them.

Additionally, you have the option to take out all the drawers from dressers and desks and move them separately. Not only will they not fall out or make a lot of noise but you will get extra metal and wooden boxes for packing other stuff.

Finally, if a piece of furniture is too large to be moved in one piece, like a tall shelf, then they should be dismantled. This way, even the largest of cupboards will fit a simple box that will be easy to manipulate. Depending on the complexity of the furniture, you can either hire someone to dismantle the furniture or pick up a power tool and perform the dismantling yourself.

The importance of cleaning the furniture

Before the furniture is ready to be dismantled, there is one last step you need to do. Most homeowners skip cleaning the furniture because they deem it a surplus but they are wrong. The last thing you need is inhaling the dust that had been suiting on the furniture for years. Since cleaning the desk and the countertop involves more than a simple dusting, hire professional cleaning services that will get the whole job done quickly. They will save you precious time that you can make better use of, like hiring the right moving crew.

Packaging tips and tricks

Once it has been cleaned, the furniture is ready to be wrapped for the move but this is not such an easy task. You need to learn proper packaging techniques in order for the metal, cardboard, and plastic to perform their function to the best. In this sense, bubble wrap is the easiest packaging material to manipulate.

Just get large enough bubble wrap and place them over individual pieces of furniture. Minuscule air cushions it is made from are ideal for protecting glass, such as the one found on tabletops and mirrors. When wrapping a mirror, be sure to add extra cushioning to the corners, as these are the spots that the glass is most likely to shatter.

Marking the boxes

Finally, after the furniture is safely wrapped or/and inside the designated box, be sure to mark the packaging. This will help movers place it in the correct room in the new house. Furthermore, you can use stickers or a marker to point out if a particular box is fragile so they handle it with extra care. These will usually be pieces of furniture with glass sections inside it.

If not handled right, moving your furniture could turn into a real household disaster. Choosing the right packaging, cleaning the furniture, and marking the boxes are just several steps in the moving process that you need to follow through in order to minimize the risk of damage.


Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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