How to Protect Furniture During a Move

When it comes to moving, the hardest part may come after you’ve packed all of your boxes: Figuring out how to pack the furniture that won’t fit so easily into a box.

So how do you protect furniture during a move if you can’t just box it up? Here are a few tips from our expert staffers.

Treat each piece uniquely.

Each piece of furniture you own needs individual consideration when figuring out how to protect it during your move. Case goods and upholstery will require different packing supplies.

Case goods and wood pieces are often more susceptible to and breakage, nicks, damage during a move and need to be handled with extra care. The best bet is to wrap wooden furniture in a few layers of bubble wrap, then tape it in place. If the piece has drawers or legs that can be removed easily, remove them and wrap separately. If drawers cannot be removed, tape them closed before wrapping the item.

The major damage potential for upholstered pieces like sofas, armchairs and headboards, on the other hand, comes from staining. It’s important to create a barrier around the piece from dust, dirt, and grease. Brands like Scotch make inexpensive plastic moving covers for sofas and mattresses that can be purchased at many big box stores. Like with case goods, it’s important to remove or secure any loose pieces to upholstered furniture (like sofa cushions) for added protection.

Improvise with what you have.

If you don’t have room in an already tight moving budget for yards of bubble wrap and a dozen plastic covers, you can use items you already own.

Blankets, sheets, towels, and tablecloths all make great barriers for furniture while moving. Plus, it will save you room in your moving truck because you won’t have to pack these items separately.

Pack with care.

Once everything is covered and ready to go, you’ll need to put it in the moving truck. This is where most of the damage is done to furniture, so it’s important to pack with care.

The goal for furniture is to prevent it from moving around in the truck or rubbing against other items as much as possible. Create a snug fit for furniture by filling any gaps between items with blankets or boxes, and if your truck is too big for all of your items, be sure to secure your furniture to the wall.

You best bet for protecting your furniture during move? Call the pros! American Movers, Inc. can help you get all of your belongings safely from point A to point B.