Moving to a new place is an exciting and stressful time. Moving all your belongings without damaging them or losing precious belongings are aspects that you should consider when packing a moving van or trailer. Your furniture is something that is built to last, so treating it correctly during a move will ensure that it makes it to your new home in the best state possible.
Below are some do’s and don’ts for packing your furniture items and transporting them to your new living space. If you want to ensure that your home has plenty of space for furniture and you have the pieces that you love still intact, follow these guidelines for packing your furniture.
1- Disassemble Large Furniture Pieces
Pieces that are too heavy to carry or may not fit through small spaces should be disassembled to make the moving process smoother. Disassembling furniture can be tricky if you are in a hurry, but when done properly, you can ensure that all the components receive proper padding and fit nicely in a moving truck.
When you disassemble, make sure to keep small parts like screws or fasteners in a baggie or container that is clearly labeled with what furniture piece they belong to. If you have assembly instructions for the piece, it may be helpful to use them in the disassembling process as well.
2- Get Rid Of Old Furniture
Old furniture that is falling apart or will not fit in your new home should be disposed of or sold before you are ready to move. Packing your furniture will be much easier if broken or old pieces are taken out of the mix. You will want your furniture in your new home to be ready to go once you move in, so hauling damaged furniture to be dealt with in your new place is counterproductive.
3- Inspect For Damages And Record Before The Move
Some furniture pieces have minimal damage but still perform well, taking photos or inspecting the furniture and recording what dings or scuffs they have before the move will help you monitor the state of the furniture. If you have a moving company help load and unload your furniture, keeping track of these damages will help you to know if they damaged anything during the move. Packing your furniture by yourself could also lead to new dents or scratches if it is not wrapped properly. Knowing what small areas need to be repaired when you get to the new space will help save you time.
4- How To Wrap Your Furniture
Each furniture piece needs to be wrapped and protected differently. Couches, dressers, chairs, or mirrors may need different padding and directional wrapping.
Couches: When packing a couch or upholstered chairs, a furniture bag may be a good option. You can also use blankets held in place with packing tape if a furniture bag is not available. Leather should never be wrapped with plastic as it needs to breathe.
Glass or mirrors: Removing glass components from table tops or dressers will help lower the risk of them being broken. These furniture pieces should be wrapped in packing paper and taped with masking tape. Make sure to never stick tape directly on the surface of the furniture as it can damage it or get severely stuck to the glass and be hard to remove.
Wood furniture: Wrapping wood furniture in any kind of plastic can be damaging. If you want to protect your wood pieces properly, pack them with blankets or furniture pads and ensure all surfaces are covered.
5- Clean Furniture Before Packing It
Removing dust and grit before packing your furniture will help reduce friction and scratches on the furniture pieces. During moving, grime can cause surfaces to be slippery or cause damage to other pieces that are stacked together.
Cleaning before you arrive at your new place will not only help you keep your furniture nicer, but it will also save you stress and time worrying about cleaning once the pieces are moved into your new place. Cleaning a new place is a common practice, but limiting the number of surfaces you need to clean can lead to more relaxation time.
6- Leave Plenty Of Time For Packing Furniture
Packing your furniture in a rush can lead to problems. Leaving yourself with plenty of time to wrap, pad, pack, and stack furniture will prevent damage and frustration. Planning your move early will also help you determine if you need the help of a professional moving team. Taking the time to create a packing plan will keep your furniture safe and sound until you reach your destination.
Quality Pieces From Sugar House Furniture
Sugar House Furniture has been crafting quality wood pieces for years. Our pieces are built to last but taking precautions to pack them properly will ensure they stay at their prime quality for longer. Sugar House Furniture offers a variety of pieces in different sizes so that many homeowners can find something that fits their style. Visiting our showroom can help you determine what pieces will fit best in your Utah home. Contact us to learn more about our craft and what pieces are available.
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