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 all of your most precious furniture when moving house.
The stages of preparing furniture for moving house
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. This will make unpacking a whole lot easier. 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 investment worth investing in. There are several items that we think are essential to your move and 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.
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.
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 and 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. Packing 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.
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.
Stage 3: Disassemble Your Furniture
Once all of your furniture has been thoroughly cleaned, 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 damages.
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.
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 getting lost. However, if it is an item of furniture has paintwork that needs to be protected, then just clearly label the bag and keep it in a safe place.
Also, remember to dismantle the furniture a few days before moving day. This will help to prevent an overload of unnecessary stress on the day.
Stage 4: Loading up the Van
Pack all of your soft furnishings into large bin bags and secure them tightly. Use these bags to fill the crevices in the van.
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 damages.
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 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 the transportation and will lessen the chance of damages upon arrival.
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. 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.