Whether you are hiring professionals to help move your furniture or doing it yourself, your furniture should always be handled with the greatest care and arrive in the same condition as when you packed it. To ensure your most fragile furniture is fully protected throughout your moving process, follow our simple step-by-step guide. Without taking meticulous precautions, upholstery can rip, glass can smash, and plastic can dent. With a few extra supplies and these top tips, learn how to protect your furniture when moving onto an exciting new chapter in your life!
Step-By-Step Guide On How To Protect Your Furniture When Moving
There are several stages you have to go through to not only ensure that your furniture travels safely, but that it is clean, dismantled and packed away correctly. Ultimately, making the unpacking process a whole lot easier, allowing you to settle into your new home with ease. Within these stages are the tasks you have to perform to ensure your furniture is appropriately protected for travelling and safe from potential damage.
STAGE 1: GATHER FURNITURE PROTECTION SUPPLIES
Purchasing packing supplies and using them to ensure your furniture travels safely is an expense well-worth investing in. There would be nothing worse than arriving at your new property to find some of your most prized possessions broken into a number of pieces. We have put together several items that we think are essential to your move and will guarantee the protection of all your valuable furniture.
Bubble wrap is essential for ensuring your highly fragile and breakable elements of disassembled furniture (such as glass windows, panels and doors) travels securely from door to door. You can find large rolls of bubble wrap from office supply shops or places like Amazon.
If you are a keen supporter of contributing towards an eco-friendly nation, then you may want to consider opting for a biodegradable bubble-wrap. While biodegradable bubble wrap is still highly effective in serving its purpose and keeping your belongings secure, it is incredibly kinder to the environment. As opposed to traditional bubble wrap which takes an estimated 1,000 years to decompose, biodegradable bubble wrap takes just 12 months.
An alternative to bubble wrap is using socks. Wrap your old socks around the legs of bed frames, tables and dressers, and secure them tightly using elastic bands. This will prevent dents and scratches to walls and floors when moving the larger furniture, along with recycling old materials.
In order to keep your wooden or leather furniture safe during the move, you can purchase specialised moving blankets that provide the best protection for fragile items. The softness of these blankets is ideal for providing superior protection. Remember that the legs of chairs, tables and sofas are much more susceptible to damage and so should be wrapped up in moving blankets.
It is worth investing in several roles of high-quality packing tape that is wide, strong enough and is not going to leave sticky marks or peel paintwork off any of your furniture. Do not stick the tape directly to painted or polished furniture as it will damage the surfaces. Packaging tape is ideal for sticking boxes down and securing bubblewrap to items. It can also be used for fixing thick protectors, such as moving blankets, in place.
If you have many pieces of furniture that are equipped with drawers, doors or any other form of a moveable component, then you would benefit from investing in shrink wrap. Shrink wrap acts as a transparent plastic film that clings tightly to objects, ideal for securing things closed such as drawers on cabinets and doors on wardrobes during your move. As shrink wrap is also waterproof, it will ensure that your objects remain in prime condition, even when the weather isn’t on your side.
STAGE 2: CLEANING YOUR FURNITURE
Before packing anything away, take the time to thoroughly clean and dust the furniture. This will save time unpacking and will also prevent bringing any dirt or dust into the new house.
Dust and debris can scratch the surfaces of furniture during the moving process, so be sure to dust and clean all of your furniture before transportation. Using a damp cloth and a feather duster, ensure all of the furniture you are packing, has had all traces of dust and debris, removed.
Do not worry about being too meticulous about scrubbing furniture clean before moving as it is more than likely that they will become covered in fingerprints when unpacking. As long as all dust, debris and grime are removed, there will be no risk of scratches occurring during the big move.
STAGE 3: DISASSEMBLE YOUR FURNITURE
Once all of your furniture has been thoroughly cleaned of dust, make sure to dismantle it completely. Remember to take bed frames apart, remove table legs and take drawers out of desks. If any piece of your furniture can be disassembled, then make sure to take advantage of this. This will make moving the furniture much simpler, packing it in the moving van easier and will prevent any damage.
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
Remember to read the instructions in order to accurately dismantle and then re-assemble the furniture. It may also be a good idea to photograph the process you took to dismantling the item; you can then refer back to this when the piece of furniture needs re-assembling. If you can’t take photos of the process, then note it down on a piece of paper and keep it safe. You may also be able to find dismantling instructions online or contact the furniture shop in which you bought the item from.
If you are dismantling a particular piece of furniture and you notice that you are surrounded by tonnes of components, we highly recommend labelling each piece. It is more than likely that when you purchased the flat-pack furniture, each piece came alongside a sticker with a number on them; however, this would have been removed once built to maintain aesthetics. To make re-assembling as easy as possible, use masking tape and a pen to place a label on each piece with a description that will be easy for you to follow in a few days time.
LOOK AFTER THE SCREWS
Use see-through plastic bags to keep bolts, screws and dowels secure in. You can then attach the bag to the corresponding piece furniture to prevent it from getting lost. However, if an item of furniture has paintwork that needs to be protected, then just clearly label the bag and keep it in a safe place.
When removing bolts, screws and dowels, be sure to go in gently with the drill; then same goes for when re-assembling them. Putting too much pressure onto the drill runs the risk of stripping the screws or splitting wooden furniture. Stripping a screw means that the head is severely damaged, making it no longer able to be removed using a screwdriver forcing damage onto your furniture. Take time and care to ensure that all components are carefully removed.
To ease the stress just that little more on your moving day, remember to dismantle the furniture a few days before the all-important date. Start with furniture you use the least and finish with objects such as the bed frame. Preparing as much as possible in advance will prevent an overload of unnecessary stress on the day – even one less task on the to-do list will make a world of difference!
STAGE 4: LOADING UP THE VAN
With years of expertise in providing anything from removals in Kensington to man and van in Chiswick, we know the best tricks of the trade to make the official moving process as seamless as achievable. Together, we have devised some of the best packing and loading tips we guarantee will help you move with ease!
The first of our tips is to begin with packing all of your soft furnishings into large bin bags and secure them tightly. Use these bags to fill the crevices in the van as this is ideal for creating a cushioned surface for the more fragile of belongings to lean against.
Next, load the large and heavy furniture (fridge, washing machines, sofa’s dishwashers, dressers, cookers etc.) into the truck first and move it all to the very back. If you have hired a full removal service, then the professionals will know how to load the truck efficiently and safely transport all of your furniture. It is imperative to secure your items of furniture to the side of the vehicle with straps or ropes to keep them in place. Any movement within the truck will cause your household objects to knock together and cause damage.
If you are particularly worried about your most valuable of belongings, there is no such thing as too much protection. Not only could you make use of the bubble wrap, moving blankets and shrink wrap mentioned previously, but you may also want to consider corrugated cardboard. Corrugated cardboard is perfect for layering between glass or cutting into smaller shapes to secure to the corners of furniture to avoid denting.
A common mistake people make when they are packing up their home for removal is forgetting to secure loose parts of drawers. Always remember to keep drawers and doors locked or secured with tape or shrink wrap to prevent the risk of accidents and injuries to you or your movers. This will also stop sections of your furniture from falling out during transportation and will lessen the chance of damages upon arrival.
KEEP YOUR FURNITURE IN PRISTINE CONDITION WHILE MOVING!
All in all, the best thing to remember is that you cannot overprotect your furniture, so do not hesitate when it comes to ordering moving blankets, securing tape and bubble wrap. The further in advance that you begin dismantling furniture, packing up belongings and protecting objects, the less you will have to do on the day. It will also give you the opportunity to trial different methods of protection to see which option is best suited to each belonging – again, keeping the risk of damage at a minimum.
Follow our guide to ensure you have the most successful move and that all of your furniture stays protected throughout the removal process and transportation!