You’ve decided that it’s time to move into a different home. Whether you’ve bought a home or found an apartment you wish to call home, you’re now ready to start moving. This part is what you’re dreading the most.
Many of your friends may have told you that moving isn’t easy. It’s stressful. They may have even told you that the worst part about it was moving furniture. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to lighten the load and keep your furniture protected too.
5 Tips for Protecting Your Furniture While Moving
Although some people will tell you that you don’t need to do anything specific when moving furniture, this isn’t true. You’ll need some bubble wrap, covers for your sofa and mattress, plastic stretch wrap, sealable plastic bags, and corrugated cardboard sheets. Once you’ve gathered these packing supplies together, it’s time to get started.
Prepare Your Furniture
It’s a good idea to clean and dust your furniture before you start packing. Doing so is essential because the debris can scratch your furniture. Additionally, it’ll keep any grime from making its way into your new home.
You’ll also want to remove any knobs, casters, or pulls from your furniture. You should also remove drawers from dressers and desks. You can then use these drawers for additional storage space while also making the furniture lighter to move.
Dismantle Your Furniture
It’s essential to take the time to dismantle your furniture completely. Doing so won’t only make it easier for you to move it, but it’ll also help prevent damage to the walls and doors in your home.
As you’re working on moving the furniture in your home, there are a few other things you should remember:
- When you have an owner’s manual available, make sure to follow its directions for dismantling the furniture.
- Place hardware (e.g., screws, bolts) in a sealable plastic bag. Securely tape it to the item, so you don’t lose anything.
- Use masking tape and a marker for furniture that has a lot of pieces. Doing so will enable you to note where each piece goes.
- Use drills sparingly, so you don’t accidentally strip the screws.
- Dismantle furniture ahead of time if possible.
Wrap Your Furniture Correctly
Bubble wrap and plastic sheeting are valuable tools to have when moving furniture. You can use bubble wrap to protect delicate wood, while plastic wrap helps protect upholstered items. When these items aren’t available, you can use corrugated cardboard between wooden pieces and blankets around anything that’s upholstered.
If you have any glass tabletops or mirrors, you want to put bubble wrap around them too. You can also use painter’s tape to create a giant “X” on it so that it won’t shatter if it breaks. Even so, the items should be wrapped (especially around their corners) before placing the item between two sheets of corrugated cardboard.
Know Where Your Furniture Goes
When moving furniture, you not only want to know where to place it in your moving truck but where it will go when you arrive. This knowledge will allow you to move square furniture (e.g., dressers, desks) against the wall in the correct room so you can stack boxes on top of them.
The next item you’ll want to move into your home is your mattress. If you haven’t wrapped them in plastic, make sure that you place a blanket on the floor before laying them there. Doing so will protect it from any debris.
When moving furniture, it’s essential to pay special care to any upholstered items. Make sure you wrap them with a layer of packing blankets so that you can use a rope to secure the pieces to the hooks in the truck. Doing so will keep them safe and secure.
Making Moving Day Easier on Yourself
These tips will help keep your furniture protected while you’re moving. However, what they won’t do is make moving furniture any easier on yourself. And that’s where we come in, at Quality Moving of Colorado in Denver, CO.
Over the years, we’ve used these tips when moving furniture for people. We take great pride and care in protecting your furniture while also making the load a bit lighter on you. Contact us today to get an unbeatable quote on your next move.
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