Although furniture pieces are the most difficult, time-consuming items to pack, selling, giving, or leaving them behind is something that many homeowners are reluctant to do during a move.
This is because furnishings are typically expensive, whether brand new or pre-owned. If your furniture pieces are still functional, comfy, and do not look shabby at all, bringing them with you will allow you to save more money during and after your move. You can then use this extra cash for other purposes.
Moreover, by moving your current furniture, you will be able to furnish your new home easily. Once they have been unloaded, you can arrange them according to your preference. You can even have your movers lay out some or all of the fixtures, thereby skipping the exhausting step of assembling and organizing them yourself.
Protecting your furniture and maintaining their good condition, though, is crucial if you want them ready for use in your new abode. A leading provider of furniture disassembly and assembly services shares some useful tips below for packing and moving home furnishings:
1. Clean all furniture pieces thoroughly
To avoid bringing in dirt, dust, mold, and germs to your new home, clean all the furnishings you intend to bring with you.
Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and debris from the couch and other bigger pieces. If you need to remove stubborn dirt and stains from fabric-covered chairs and other furnishings, make sure you use the right cleaning products and tools suitable for the material.
And before you start packing any furniture, make sure each piece is completely dry.
2. Dismantle large furniture pieces
To make moving furniture easier and faster, take apart any pieces that can be disassembled. These include beds, tables, chairs, and cabinets.
Another advantage of dismantling furnishings before packing them is that you get to save space in your moving truck.
However, when dismantling furniture, make sure you do not lose any piece. Place screws and other small parts in sealable bags and tape them to the fixture they go with. This will ensure these items won’t go missing and that you can assemble them again without any trouble.
3. Secure all movable parts
If your cabinets, tables, and other fittings have moving parts such as doors and drawers, use packing tape to secure them. If you don’t, you will increase the risk of these items being damaged while in transit.
Make sure these parts are empty before sealing them with packing tape. For additional protection, wrap them entirely with plastic stretch wrap or furniture blankets. Ensure these coverings are properly secured as well.
For some furniture pieces, consider removing the drawers and doors entirely to guarantee they remain intact throughout the move.
4. Wrap all furniture pieces properly
When moving furniture, all items have to be wrapped, whether they are made of wood, metal, glass, or fabric. Use bubble wrap, plastic stretch wrap, and blankets to cover them completely. Secure the covering with packing tape to prevent them from unraveling.
Additionally, make sure you place padding on the corners of wooden items and other areas or parts that can be easily scratched or damaged. You can use Styrofoam or soft padding materials such as pillows and quilts.
For more delicate furniture pieces and parts such as glasses and mirrors, cover them with bubble wrap before packing them. If you place them in boxes, make sure you label them properly and write FRAGILE on top of each carton.
5. Do not attempt to move any heavy furniture alone
Small, light chairs and stools and tables are safe to carry and move alone. However, for bulky, hefty furniture pieces, ask someone to help you out. Or better yet, let your movers handle this task.
If you try to move heavy furniture by yourself, you will run the risk of hurting your back and getting involved in an accident. And if being injured is not bad enough, you also risk damaging furniture and hurting others as well.
In case you will be moving a piece with another person, tip the item backward at an angle. Have your companion carry the top while you take the bottom part of the furniture.
By carrying the item at a diagonal angle, the furniture will remain balanced. Moving it down the stairs will be easier, too.
6. Know how to load the moving truck properly
If you are loading fixtures in the moving truck yourself or doing so for certain pieces, always remember that delicate items should be placed last, and on top of bigger furniture. Place large mirrors and glass parts between mattresses and box springs for their protection.
Some furniture pieces, such as couches, have to be turned on their side or their end to make the load snug. This will eliminate any gaps between items and minimize any potential shifting during transit.
To stay safe and protect your furniture, it is always best to let your movers load all pieces in the truck.
As long as your current furnishings are prepared, packed, and moved correctly, they will be ready for use. Let your movers handle all these for you to ensure all pieces arrive in good condition in your new residence.
Hafiz Zafar is the owner of Professional Movers. The company offers reliable, cost-effective and stress-free packing, storage and relocation services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other parts of the UAE region.