Tips For Protecting Furniture During A Move

Posted on: 4 February 2015

Moving can be a stressful event and protecting your belongings in always a top priority. Even if you hire a moving company to do most of the work, knowing how to protect your furniture should be of utmost importance. There are several things you can do to ensure that your furniture is protected during a move. If you hire a moving company (such as Wiebe'S Moving & Storage), these are also you should expect the moving company to help you with.

Wrapping the Legs

A very simple thing to do that can protect from scratching and breaking is to wrap the legs of tables. Use towels or bubble wrap as they are the easiest way to protect the legs. In addition to protecting the furniture, this will also protect the walls, doors, and floors from being scraped up as you move things around.

Pay Attention to Sharpness

Sharp corners, bolts, items that stick out from anything can potentially damage your furniture, walls, or flooring. Use bubble wrap, towels, or a few layers of tape to pad any sharp edges to protect the furniture as well as the people moving the furniture.

Wrap All Easily Damaged Items

Anything that can be scratched, dented, broken, or bent should be wrapped in bubble wrap or towels. It's always best to overprotect than to under protect.

What Else Can You Use As Padding?

You don't have to spend extra money on padding to keep your furniture in good condition. Anything soft can be used as padding. Towels, bedding, pillows, sleeping bags (pay attention to zipper pulls though), and blankets can all be of great use during a big move to pad all your valuables.

Dealing With Loose Items

Everything you put on the moving truck needs to be secured in place. This applies to anything that can roll, fall over, or fly around. Brooms, rakes, and shovels, for example, should be tied up or taped down in order to keep them from moving around and scratching up your furniture.

Taking Furniture Apart

If you have furniture that can be taken apart, consider doing it. This is especially true if you are dealing with a larger or heavier piece of furniture. If you remove bolts, screws, or nuts you need to put them in a heavy duty plastic bag and label it to avoid losing them. It also may be a good idea to take a few pictures of how an item is put together if you think you will have trouble reassembling it.

Protecting Pictures in Frames and Mirrors

Pictures in frames and mirrors are best protected by using cardboard wrapped around the item. If cardboard isn't available, bubble wrap wrapped around the item a couple of times and taped on is a great substitute for cardboard.  

A little bit of well-thought-out planning and wrapping will help keep your items safe during your next move.