How to Prepare and Move Furniture – Forbes Advisor

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If you are planning a move and decide to take a DIY approach rather than hiring moving companies, you may be wondering how best to prep and move furniture. While small items are easier to pack, large, bulky pieces of furniture can be more difficult to carry.

Without proper precautions, upholstery can be torn, glass furniture can break, and wooden parts can be damaged. Preparing for moving furniture is important to avoid damaging your items before they even arrive at the new location.

Prepare furniture for a move

As you prepare to pack your furniture for a move, having the right equipment and learning a few tricks can make the process easier and safer.

Have the correct packaging materials

Aside from cardboard boxes, duct tape, and bubble wrap, there are other furniture items that you should consider. Many of these supplies are available at local hardware stores or online. However, some moving companies will also rent out these supplies, which could be a cheaper option.

If you plan to move large furniture, make sure you have these furniture on hand:

  • Move ceilings
  • Bubble wrap
  • Sofa and mattress covers
  • Plastic stretch film
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Furniture upholstery

Clean the furniture

Before packing, take the time to thoroughly clean and wipe all furniture. Dust and debris can scratch your furniture during the moving process. Plus, cleaning the furniture before you move also means you won’t bring unnecessary dirt into your new home.

Disassemble furniture

Whenever possible, take the time to completely disassemble your furniture. This makes moving the furniture a lot easier, prevents damage while moving, and makes it easier to pack your moving truck. This is also one of the most time-consuming tasks involved in preparing your furniture for a move. So plan accordingly.

Here are some parts you should take apart:

  • If possible, remove the legs and tops from all tables.
  • Completely disassemble the bed frame including the head and foot sections.
  • Remove knobs and other detachable parts from dressers and desks.
  • Remove the pillows and legs from couches and chairs.

How to package furniture

If you take everything apart, it can be easy to lose small items. Use a sealable plastic bag to hold screws, fittings, and other small items for each piece of furniture. Label the plastic bag with a permanent marker and tape it to prevent hardware from being lost during the move.

Use newspapers, towels, and other soft items like sheets to wrap fragile items that you want to wrap. This method allows you to get the most out of your packaging materials as you can move more items with fewer boxes.

How to wrap furniture for the move

The best way to protect furniture and prepare it for a move is to spend enough time packing everything up properly. Bubble wrap is best for protecting delicate items like glass table tops, lamps, and ceramics. Plastic wrap is perfect for upholstery items like sofas and mattresses.

Avoid using bubble wrap or plastic wrap on wooden furniture, as these can damage the furniture surface. Instead, use a movable blanket or furniture pad in between so that the plastic sheet does not come into direct contact with the wood.

Moving furniture safely

Now that your furniture is ready to move, it’s time to get your home ready for moving day. With a moving daily schedule, you can safely move large pieces of furniture.

Measure doors and hallways

When moving furniture around, having a plan can save you time and effort. While you can disassemble certain parts, sofas, cabinets, and dressers are still great pieces of furniture. Measure all of your furniture, as well as your doors and hallways, to see how you will move them.

Determine if you need to remove the door frame or skirting boards to allow furniture to move through more efficiently.

Clear doors and hallways

Clear every path to the front door a few days before your move date. Clear doors and entrances of any clutter. Prop the doors wide open and use a door stop to keep them open throughout the movement. This makes it easier to move furniture out of the house and protects the furniture from bumping into objects while it is being moved.

Get the right movement tools

Small pieces of furniture are easy to move around without equipment or tools. However, larger pieces of furniture such as heavy chairs, sofas, cabinets, and dressers may require special moving equipment. Rent a dolly or hand cart to make moving these parts easier (and safer). Other posable tools that can be helpful are posable straps and a skid board.

Use furniture glides

If you have hardwood or tile floors, place gliders under the furniture to avoid scratching the floor. Aside from furniture sailors, things like towels and cardboard can help make furniture move more easily while still protecting your floors.

Choose the right moving truck

If you are planning on moving yourself, finding the right moving truck is important. Look for trucks or moving containers with lashing straps and a ramp. The lashing straps help you hold your furniture in place when you travel to prevent it from falling during transport. A ramp also makes it easier to load and unload heavy items.

Tips for preparing and moving furniture

Trying to make a move yourself can be overwhelming – the more you can plan in advance, the better. If you have the right materials, disassemble oversized items and deal with fragile items with extra layers of protection before packing. Moving your furniture is easier overall.

Some tips to keep in mind as you prepare everything for your move:

  • Do not move heavy furniture yourself. It may sound obvious, but most people will still try to lift heavy furniture by themselves. Ask friends or family members for help. Or hire workers-only movers to move heavy parts.
  • Consider moving insurance. If you do the move yourself, you will not have the traditional protection that moving companies offer. As you know, accidents happen. Check out different valuation covers and relocation insurance to keep your belongings safe.
  • Load heavy furniture first. First, put the heaviest objects on the moving truck first. This helps distribute the weight evenly for easier truck driving. Also place the heavier items against the wall so that the truck can be loaded and unloaded more easily.

If moving all of your furniture yourself seems too daunting, consider hiring professional moving companies. With a moving budget, you can see if you can afford to hire help. Now you can at least save some money by having all the furniture ready for the moving company to arrive.

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