How to Pack and Move Furniture
It is a part of human nature to want to move from place to place and experience new things, and this is evident when we see how much we love to travel. This moving from one location to another is an excellent opportunity to discover what you are made of and is a great way to experience other cultures, people and their unique way of life. Now the reasons for relocation are plenty. Some people relocate because of their job, others because they are unsatisfied and yearn for something different while others do it because of a loved one. There are various reasons, but the point is -you make a decision to move! Moving means leaving behind the past and everything you are used to and going forward towards something new. However, even if moving means leaving things behind you sure aren’t going to leave all your belongings behind. You are sure to want to take some of your belongings with you. There are many things people choose to take with them when moving either for practical purposes or sentimental value. A very popular thing that people tend to take with them is their furniture since it has grown on them and represents their taste and style. Deciding to keep your furniture is easy, the only question is how to transfer it safely to your new place. Is it your first time moving? Don’t panic! It is easy. With this guide, you will be able to handle furniture preparation be it your first move or a hundred and first move.
The process is easy once you get into it and know the steps. The first thing to do is be perfectly calm. Take a few deep breaths, clear your head and start by making a plan. Your plan is going to vary depending on the following things.
- Will you be carrying out the move yourself? (Not recommended, if you are not a heavy weightlifter).
- Will you be asking friends and family for help?
- Will you be hiring professionals?
If you have moved before, you have some experience in wrapping and packing. Most people that have moved a few times are already well experienced with relocating and know what goes into it. Even if you are experienced in moving and have your technique there are always a few tips and tricks that can:
- save you some time and energy,
- save you from potential injuries
- protect your furniture from damage.
Make it as light as possible
Before anything else is considered you should first see if you can disassemble your furniture for the move. If disassembling the furniture is possible, do it. It will make transporting the furniture easier and will save you a lot of time and energy. Make sure you take the furniture apart in an organized manner in so as to not lose any of the bits and pieces that keep it together. A good method for keeping the screws and smaller pieces accounted for is to place them in a plastic bag that is secured to a piece of the furniture from which it was removed.
Other things you can do to make the furniture lighter depends on the item you are carrying. If you are handling a wardrobe or drawers, you should empty them before carrying them. You can put all the items into a bag and label it if you want to keep everything in place.
In order not to get confused and end up with a disassembled piece of furniture that you cannot put back together it is a good idea to document how you took the piece of furniture apart. You can record the steps you took through pictures or by writing it down, whichever one is easier for you.
The adage “measure twice cut once” applies for moving as well, not literally of course. To avoid any unwanted surprises or tight situations, you should plan out the route by which you will be taking out the furniture. Planning especially helps with furniture that can’t be disassembled. Once you know the way you will take you should clear it of any obstacles and measure the dimensions of the doors, the furniture, the hallways, passages, lifts and any other area you might be taking the furniture through on the way to the moving truck. The same goes for when you take your furniture into your new home. Knowing the dimensions of the new home is always good since the size of the new home will help you to decide which furniture you will keep and pack. The rest of it, you could sell, give it to the friends, family or donate to somebody.( It would be well appreciated.)
Preparation is key
Like any process, it is always good to be prepared before starting. When it comes to handling furniture preparation takes the form of having all the necessary tools and equipment ready for the move. Do some research and see which type of tool you will need for your move. You will need them to disassemble the furniture. You will want to remove any part of the furniture that can be damaged during transportation such as handles if possible, legs and glass. Once you have the necessary tools, you will want to have bags at the ready to contain small parts such as nuts and bolts, handles and any other smaller item. After securing bags, you will want to get your protective materials ready. These are items that will help protect your furniture from dents, scratches and other potential damage. Protective materials include bubble wrap, shrink wrap. Other things you might need are items such as wrapping paper, newspapers, blankets, markers, cardboard, foam peanuts. For heavier furniture, you can even rent a dolly to make transportation easier.
Keeping things organized and having a plan does not only make the packing and securing of furniture easier, but it also makes the unloading an easier task as well. Begin by separating the furniture and items you wish to pack. It is a good idea to categorize them according to how used they are. The things you need and are likely to be used should be left until the end of the process. A good place to start is the heavier items. Furniture such as wardrobes, cupboards, dressers, sofas, etc. should be wrapped up first. Keep in mind that it is a good idea to provide some extra protection to the legs and handles of the item if they cannot be removed. If you are handling something with a door, it is a good idea to tape the door shut. Securing the door from opening during transportation or carrying can save you some unnecessary damage.
Securing an object means more than just protecting it from serious damage it also means removing the possibility of any minor damages such as scratches, dents, bumps and other such things. A good way to go about this is wrapping up the furniture. Have you ever wrapped a gift? Then you have a general idea. Wrapping method for all square pieces of hard furniture is the same. Free spaces should be filled using foam, or some form of soft materials.
If this feels like something that is too time-consuming and energy draining, especially if you are already busy and full of responsibilities and deadlines then it is a good idea to hire professionals to take care of all these steps. Just make sure you are working with a moving company that is competent and willing to go the extra mile to help secure your property
As you see a lot has to be considered when you want to relocate with your furniture. The good news that even though there are a lot of steps, once you get into the zone you will easily handle the move. Whether you decide to handle this part of the move yourself or you hire a professional to do the job always make sure that your furniture and belongings are properly handled and secured.