How to Protect Your Furniture During a Move

If you're moving home, it's important to know how to protect your furniture. Follow our advice and you won't have to worry about your furniture becoming damaged during the move.
How to Protect Your Furniture During a Move

Last update: 27 October, 2022

Moving from one home to another, whether nationally or internationally, requires some basic preparation. This will ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible and your belongings arrive in one piece. Today, we’ll explain how to protect your furniture during a move so that you can pack it in a practical way and ensure it’s easy to transport.

A move can become even more stressful when the necessary care isn’t taken to avoid knocks and scratches on furniture. So whether you’re going to hire the professional services of a removal company or manage the whole process on your own, the following suggestions will help you.

Three tips to protect your furniture and maintain order

When it comes to moving home, packing is usually one of the most tedious tasks, but the most important! It’s important to choose the right materials and packaging to protect your furniture too. Otherwise, mold can appear due to humidity, or furniture can become scratched and damaged. Therefore, learn how to properly protect your furniture to avoid mishaps.

Moving home and packing

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Acquire the necessary materials

In order to safeguard your belongings, be they furniture, cabinets, accessories, or appliances, you need to obtain the right packaging and materials.

This may include reinforced cardboard boxes of different sizes, along with bubble wrap and film, and don’t forget the packing tape! You can even use old blankets for particularly fragile furniture.

2. Take the time to clean

Before you start packing and preparing your furniture for the move, clean it carefully and dismantle any large or delicate furniture that may be easier to transport in parts. Remember to take a picture or video of them so you know how to put them back together and carefully store any small parts, such as screws, nuts, and bolts.

If you can’t disassemble your furniture, secure any drawers that may fall and break along the way. Use duct tape to do this. Securing these items will help you to take advantage of space and facilitate the transportation process.

3. Wrap and protect your furniture according to its type

Packing all your furniture before the move in the correct way helps to avoid any bumps or scratches that may occur during transportation. However, it’s necessary to protect them according to their type. See below:

Sofas and chairs

Use plastic wrap or bubble wrap in order to prevent dirt, scratches, or damage. Although you can also use sofa and chair covers instead. If this furniture has wheels or legs, it’s a good idea to remove these and store the pieces separately in boxes.

Home appliances

Whether they’re small appliances such as microwaves, blenders, or mixers or large ones such as washing machines, dryers, or ovens, the best option is to pack them in their original boxes. But if you no longer have the original box,  wrap them completely in bubble wrap and use pieces of cardboard or pads to protect the corners.

Glass tables

In order to prevent any blows from breaking the glass surface of the table, you should cover both the front and back of the glass with a layer of cardboard. From here, you should wrap it in bubble wrap. By doing this, in the event it’s dropped or falls, the materials will cushion the impact.

Cabinets and bookcases

As we mentioned before if it’s possible to disassemble large pieces of furniture to facilitate their transport, do so! Large cabinets and bookcases can be very difficult to move and awkward to carry. However, if they must be left in one piece, opt for protective blankets and reinforce all the edges with plastic wrap and tape.

Follow our recommendations to protect your furniture

Now that you know the best tips for packing and protecting your furniture during your next move, it’s time to get to work. Remember, to make items easier to identify, mark the contents of the box once you’ve packed a piece of furniture, so you know what’s inside.

Finally, if you don’t have the time to do all of this on your own, you can hire the services of specialized removal companies. They will take charge of packing all your furniture and ensuring it arrives safely in its new home.

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