On the Move: How to Pack Furniture

19 May 2016
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If you are moving house, there is a good chance you will be taking some furniture with you. If it is not properly protected, packed and transported during the move, your furniture could be damaged or broken. Below are some top tips to protect your furniture when moving house.

Wrap It

You should wrap the legs of chairs and tables with pieces of cloth or towel, which can be secured in place using packing tape. This will protect the legs if they come into contact with the floor, door frames or the side of the truck being used to transport them.

Fragile Items

Fragile items such as paintings, pictures and mirrors should be packed using cardboard boxes. Wrap these items in several layers bubble wrap before placing them in the box, as packing paper will not be robust enough to protect these items. You should try to find a box which is an approximate fit for the item. If this is not possible, you should use styrofoam pellets or newspaper to pad out the box so that the item is cushioned from any impacts. 

Keep Nuts and Bolts Safe

If you have to dismantle any furniture by unscrewing bolts or screws, you should store these in a sealable plastic bag. Tape the bag onto the leg of the table or chair to prevent them from becoming separated during the move.

Packing the Truck

You should begin by using boxes to create a wall at the back of the truck. This will help to provide stability. Next, you should pack square furniture such as desks and dressers, placing them directly up against the box wall at the rear of the truck. Place additional boxes on top of the square furniture. Then pack irregularly shaped items and secure them with rope to prevent them from moving around.

Padding out the Truck

Once the furniture is loaded onto the truck, you should protect larger items of furniture by placing pillows and packing blankets between them. While it may be tempting to use your own bed linen, by doing so you run the risk of tears and breaks which will ruin the linen and could cause the furniture to shift about during transportation.

If you are moving furniture, it is best to use a professional removals company, who will be able to advise and assist you during packing, loading and transportation of your belongings.