There are all sorts of things that we need to be sure that we do in order to prepare for moving day. In many cases, it’s likely that you’re looking at options and trying to ensure that you can stay ahead of everything that may come along. But, what about your furniture?
In many cases, your furniture moving companies are going to have a lot of tips and information available in regards to how you should prepare your furniture for moving day. In this post, we’re going to share how to wrap your furniture, along with a variety of other tips that you can utilize in order to ensure that your furniture gets to your new home safely.
Why Wrap Your Furniture?
Wrapping your furniture does a number of things in order to help with the moving process. First, it helps to put an extra layer of protection between the fragile parts of your furniture and everything else that may be moving around in the moving truck during your move. It protects furniture from scratches and other damage that may occur in transit.
If there are any moving parts on your furniture, the plastic wrap is also going to help to keep all of that in place. You don’t need to be concerned with it opening up randomly or any of the moving parts sustaining damage as you transfer your items. It also prevents your movers from getting injured while they’re moving that around.
Lastly, if there are any awkward parts – legs on chairs, for example – wrapping them helps to prevent them from snapping. It keeps everything securely in place and doesn’t allow for bending, which could result in damage.
How to Wrap Your Furniture?
As you get ready to wrap your furniture, you want to be certain that you use furniture pads, blankets, and whatever other materials that you can in order to add extra protection to the items that you’re taking with you. It may make them a little more bulky, but it adds that extra layer of protection that you need to have.
Another consideration is that you should never put the plastic wrap directly onto any sort of wooden furniture. The sticky material could end up getting on the wood, or it could cause other problems that will make it difficult for you to be able to use and enjoy your furniture when you arrive at your new place. That’s why pads and foam are helpful in the wrapping process.
If you’re moving dressers, always be sure to either secure the knobs or just take them off and put them in a baggie. The knobs could break or they could end up causing cracks if something were to bump up against them, and that’s not the sort of thing that you want to try and deal with in that context. Those extra little parts can be easily taped to the inside of the drawers.
If there are any corners or other such parts on the furniture, you want to be certain that you provide them with a little extra padding as well. They can often break through the plastic, so having an extra layer of protection to work with can be really helpful for you and make sure that everything is protected.
It definitely takes time and effort to be able to wrap your furniture, but you’ll find that it’s a lot better than the alternative. On top of that, there are some moving companies who will do their best to take care of that for you, making it easier for you to get things done and ensuring that you’re going to be better able to move everything safely.
Measure Any Doorways or Hallways
Getting furniture out of your old home and into your new one is going to involve a lot of precision. You may have an idea as to where you’d like those things to go – but it’s not always a given that those items are going to fit the way that you want them to.
So, the best way to prevent any sort of issue coming up in this case is to go ahead and measure all of the doorways and hallways that you’ll be traversing through on your journey to your new place. Are they wide and/or tall enough for you to bring the furniture through? What if you have to turn into a room so that you can put it in the right place?
In some cases, you may not be able to get the furniture into that room while whole. In those cases, you either have to figure out an alternative way into the space, or you’ll need to disassemble the furniture so that it’s easier to transport (which we’ll discuss a little bit next).
Disassemble Whatever You Can Disassemble
Disassembly has a lot of benefits – it helps to make furniture easier to load, it helps to make furniture easier to transport, and it means that size becomes much less of a concern when it comes to getting through doorways and hallways. It may also be a huge help when it comes to minimizing the space that you need for the furniture in the back of the truck.
Disassembly includes taking off legs, putting cushions into bags or other areas, and making sure that everything is removed and out of the way. There are so many different little pieces to your furniture that you need to be certain that you take as much off of it as you can, and then pack it up a lot more securely.
While it will take a little more time to disassemble, you’ll find that some movers will actually include it as part of their moving plan. You want to ask them about the option – even if it costs a little bit extra for them to take care of it, you may find that it saves you a lot of headache and stress when it comes time for you to start the process on moving day.
Put Extra Parts in Ziploc Bags
As you disassemble each piece of furniture, you need to be absolutely certain that you’re going to be able to find those little pieces when you have to reassemble it. So, your best option is going to be to disassemble those pieces one by one, and then make sure that you put them into separate Ziploc baggies as you go.
Those extra parts will need to be labeled as clearly as possible, as well. Your best bet is to go ahead and put them in a baggie, which you either gather into one bag that you keep with you, or to keep them with the piece of furniture. You can often tape the baggie to the bottom of the piece of furniture and then make sure that it’s under the wrap.
Either way, keep those pieces handy. You don’t want to lose them or mix them up, because that will make reassembly into a much more difficult endeavor when it comes time to do so.
Heavy Furniture First!
When you go to load up your truck, you want to be sure that you always start with the heaviest furniture before anything else that you need to load up in there. The heavy furniture is going to be your base, so to speak, and then you can put everything else on top of that.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I just sell my furniture before I move?
Sure! Some people realize that it can be beneficial for them to sell their furniture and then buy new furniture when they arrive at their new home. This is especially true if you think you’ll be upgrading your furniture in the next 6 months to a year after your move – you could potentially save hundreds of dollars if you just buy new stuff and get it delivered.
Should I hire a separate company to move my furniture?
It depends on how much furniture you have. In a lot of instances, you will find that your main moving company can take care of everything for you. In other cases, you’ll want to hire a furniture company because they have the tools and such necessary to complete your move properly. Talk with your main movers first and see what they recommend regarding your particular circumstances.
What about antique furniture?
Typically, wrapping your antique furniture can be really helpful as you transport it from place to place. In some instances, you may want to contact a company that knows how to move antique items as safely as possible. Antique movers have specialized tools and techniques that will keep your antique furniture safe during transport.
Loading Up the Furniture Well
You want to have everything in order for moving day so that you don’t need to be too concerned about what else may need to be done. By caring for your furniture well, you can be sure that you do things right and that your furniture will arrive at your new home virtually unscathed.