How to wrap furniture for moving

Preparing for a move and worried about moving your furniture? Moving your furniture is probably the most difficult task that you will have to complete during a move. Not only that moving heavy furniture is physically demanding but you also need to make sure that you protect your furniture pieces from damage. If you never moved before, Master Moving Guide is here to help you. We will teach you how to wrap furniture for moving and help you avoid all possible issues that you might come across during your upcoming move. Here is what you need to do.

Make a list of furniture you need to wrap and take measurements

When preparing for a move, preparation is the key. And in order to wrap furniture for moving properly, you need to prepare adequate packing materials. Unfortunately, you cannot use cheap moving boxes in this situation. And, you cannot just go to a store and buy an imaginable amount of supplies. You need to know exactly how many wraps and packing tapes you need. If you buy too much, you are wasting money. If you do not take enough, you are wasting time. So, before you go to the store, make sure that you make an inventory list. List all the furniture pieces that you will need to wrap before relocating. Once you make a list, take measurements.

taking measurements
Measure everything and make a list

Packing materials you need to properly wrap furniture for moving

When moving smaller items, you need boxes. When you are packing furniture, you need bubble wrap, moving blankets, packing tapes, and similar. Here are the packing materials that you will need to prepare for the packing process:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic or foam sheeting
  • Moving blankets
  • Cardboard corner edge protectors
  • Moving pads
  • Plastic bags
  • Packing tape
  • Labels and markers

You will need to disassemble furniture so you will need these tools as well

Before you start packing your furniture for moving, you need to disassemble it. Of course, there will be many pieces that cannot be fully or even partially dismantled. Those are usually antique pieces that are also usually the most valuable in your inventory. Therefore, you will have to approach packing them carefully and meticulously in order to fully protect them. If you are disassembling your furniture on your own, you will also need some tools. Here are the tools that you will need in order to disassemble your furniture.

  • Set of spanners
  • Screwdrivers
  • Allen wrench set
  • Pliers
  • Hammer

Find help, you cannot disassemble furniture by yourself

Before you start disassembling furniture, find some helpers. You cannot do this on your own safely. To avoid injuries and damage to your furniture and property find someone to assist you. If you cannot find anyone, go online and search for furniture movers near me. Professional furniture movers can do all these tasks for you. But if you want to lower the costs, you can only hire them for the disassembling process. While they are there, you can also ask them to wrap up your furniture as well. But as we said, if you want to avoid unnecessary costs, you do not have to hire professionals – you can do it on your own.

carrying chair
You cannot handle heavy furniture by yourself

If you find that some pieces are not in good shape get rid of them

While you are disassembling your furniture pay close attention to the condition of your items. Furniture is heavy and thus expensive to move. If you find that some pieces are not in good shape get rid of them. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy new furniture after the move than to pay professional movers to relocate it. Pay special attention to the heaviest pieces. That is where the money is.

Read some packing tips online before you start

Now that you got rid of the junk and disassembled everything that is possible to disassemble it is time to start wrapping your furniture for moving. If you have never done this before, we strongly recommend that you find some packing hacks for moving and learn about the process as much as you can. If you have already done that, you can start wrapping.

Start by packing the smallest pieces

First, concentrate on the smallest pieces like screws, bolts, and other parts that are meant to hold your furniture together. Take a small plastic bag in which you will put all the pieces belonging to one piece of furniture. It is very important that you do not mix screws and bolts from different pieces as you will have a difficult time putting everything back together that way. So one bag for one piece of furniture. Label the bag. Then, take packing tape and tape that bag to the inside of the corresponding piece of furniture. That way you will have an easy time assembling your furniture after the move.

Wrap disassembled parts before you move on to the largest pieces

Once you pick the smallest pieces, continue your way up. Start wrapping in bubble wrap all the pieces that you detached. Once you wrap everything tight, wrap them all together to make one package. Use a marker to properly label the package.

bubble wrap roll
Make sure that you wrap everything nicely

Wrapping the biggest pieces

When you move on to the largest pieces, start with edge protectors. Put one on every corner and attach them with packing tape. Then, slowly start to wrap the whole piece. Once you wrap the whole piece, add an additional layer of plastic wrap on top in case you are moving during rain. Finish with packing tape. Use it to make sure everything stays together.

Remember, you can’t do this on your own

That is how to wrap furniture for moving. As you can see, this isn’t a difficult task as you originally thought. Just make sure that you prepare adequate packing materials and find someone to help you. If you are not sure that you can do it properly then maybe it’s better to call professionals.

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