Furniture packing

Furniture packing

Moving can be exciting, but it can also feel like an overwhelming amount of work. Packing your furniture is one of the biggest components of any move.

If you gather the right materials and wrap your pieces carefully, you can make sure they survive the move in great shape. Just make sure to break down larger items before packing, if possible. You’ll also want to take extra care with fragile items by using extra layers of protection.

Making a Plan and Gathering Your Supplies

Making a Plan and Gathering Your Supplies

Decide which pieces of furniture to take apart. Moving can be difficult, especially if you have a lot of large pieces of Furniture packing. If possible, you’ll want to disassemble items that will not fit through doorways or down a narrow staircase.

ou should also think about taking apart fragile items or highly valuable items, as they can be easier to move in pieces. A list of items you want to disassemble might include:

Beds
Armoires or wall cabinets
Tables
Desks

Purchase packing supplies.

Furniture should generally not be placed in a truck without wrapping it in some sort of protective material. After you’ve completed your inventory, consider what you’ll need to move each piece of Furniture packing.

For example, items like couches will generally be wrapped in blankets and tape. Something like a lamp might be wrapped in bubble wrap. You can purchase supplies at your local hardware store or online. Potential supplies include:

Sofa/mattress covers or blankets
Bubble wrap
Plastic wrap
Packing/sealing tape

Disassembling Large Items

Disassembling Large Items

Remove the cushions and take apart the sofa by uncovering the frame. Start by removing all of the cushions and turning the sofa onto its back. Unscrew the legs and place those and the cushions aside to move separately. Use a Flathead screwdriver and pliers to remove the staples that secure the covering to the bottom of the sofa.

Roll the upholstery far enough up that you can see the frame of the sofa and the fasteners that hold the arms to the base.
Loosen the bolts or screws that secure the arms with an Allen wrench or a screwdriver. Roll up the upholstery far enough so that you can remove the arms.

Look for the bolts that hold the seat and back of the sofa together. Remove the bolts and separate the pieces of the frame, just as you did with the arms.

ake careful notes so that you remember how to reassemble the sofa.
Only undo as much upholstery as is necessary. Follow these same steps to take apart an easy chair.

Unscrew table legs to disassemble a table

For small tables, place them on a surface like a counter or a workbench so that you can see underneath. For larger tables, you will likely need to get underneath the table for a good vantage point. Each leg will be held in place with hardware called a leg assembly. Locate each leg assembly and use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the bolts from each leg assembly. Once the screws are out, remove the braces from the legs.

You may also need to unscrew the legs from the table. Gently twist them to the left until they come loose easily.
Pack the braces and screws separately in a clearly labeled bag.

Remove the headboard and footboard to begin taking apart your bed.

Remove the headboard and footboard to begin taking apart your bed.

Strip your bed of all bedding and pillows. Remove your mattress and box spring from the frame and place them to the side. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the headboard and foot-board from the mainframe of the bed.

If your bed frame has slats, unscrew each slat and remove them from the frame.

Wrapping Your Furniture

Cover Furniture packing with blankets or furniture pads. To best protect your furniture, wrap it carefully with pads or blankets. You can use old blankets that you already have or you can purchase or rent some moving specific blankets from a moving supply company. Start at one end and wrap around the entire circumference of the piece. Make sure to also cover the top and bottom of the item. Pretend like you are wrapping a present and make sure to cover everything.

For larger pieces, you will need multiple blankets or pads.

Wrap table and chair legs

Wrap table and chair legs

It’s best if you can remove the legs before packing. If they are not removable, make sure that they are wrapped very carefully. Tightly secure the material by going around each individual leg with the padding and the plastic wrap. You want to be able to see a distinct outline of each table leg

Secure covers with plastic wrap

Secure covers with plastic wrap

Take hold of the roll of plastic wrap and begin winding it around the piece of furniture. For a sofa, for example, you would start at one arm and go all the way around the sofa with the wrap until you reach your starting point. Wrap each piece of furniture in plastic wrap to keep the blankets or pads from shifting during the move.

For long-distance moves, the plastic wrap will also keep dirt from getting to your furniture packing.

Wrap fragile items with bubble wrap

Wrap fragile items with bubble wrap

You might want an extra layer of protection for certain items. If you are particularly worried about scratches or other damage to a piece of wooden Furniture packing, add a layer of bubble wrap on top of the plastic wrap. Take a roll of bubble wrap and wrap it around the entire piece of furniture, securing with tape.

Pack your television by covering it with a cloth and securing with plastic wrap

Pack your television by covering it with a cloth and securing with plastic wrap

Cover your television with an old blanket or cover. Take two Styrofoam blocks and cut a piece the width of your TV screen out of each. Place the blocks over the blanket or TV cover and secure by wrapping plastic wrap around the screen.

Make sure to tape all cords to the base of the TV so they don’t get in the way.

Wrap your lamp in the newspaper

Wrap your lamp in the newspaper

Remove the light bulb and lampshade from the base of the lamp and set aside. Wrap the cord around the base of the lamp and secure it with tape. Wrap the base of the lamp in newsprint and secure it with tape.

Place the lamp in a box and place crumpled newsprint around the sides.
To pack the lampshade, line the sides of a box with newsprint and place the shade in the box. Place crumpled newsprint under the shade to help it retain its shape.

Loading the Moving Truck

Loading the Moving Truck

Distribute weight evenly to make driving easier. If you load all of the heavy items on one side of the truck, it could make it difficult to steer the truck. Aim to spread the weight of your belongings evenly throughout the truck.

Place the heaviest items against the walls. This will keep the middle of the space free for easier access and loading and unloading.

Place pictures and mirrors between mattresses or other soft items

Place pictures and mirrors between mattresses or other soft items

You’ve already carefully packaged your pictures and mirrors, but it won’t hurt to give them an extra layer of protection. Slide pictures and mirrors between 2 mattresses to give them the greatest amount of padding.

If you don’t have more than 1 mattress, you could use the same trick with sofa cushions.

Load couches vertically

Load couches vertically

Couches and loveseats can take up a lot of precious floor space. A great way to avoid that is to place the couch on its end (arm side) and make it vertical. This is especially helpful if you were unable to take your couch apart.

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