Whilst moving house, furniture transport is often one of the biggest concerns that homeowners have. After all, the furniture is generally the largest type of object being moved, and that can present a number of problems. Whether you're having your household moved with the help of furniture transport services or you're doing it all on your own, it helps to know a few tips for furniture preparation. Here are the top three ways to prepare your furniture for transport whilst moving house.
Break It Down
In some cases, it's possible to disassemble furniture before transport—and whilst it does cost you some extra time, it's well worth it. This is especially true when it comes to larger pieces like massive shelving units or huge media units.
If you assembled the furniture yourself, it's likely best to disassemble it prior to moving house. Because you've already assembled it once before, it will be much easier to do the re-assembly once you arrive at your new home. Since the furniture is broken down into individual pieces, it will be easier to transport and less likely to be damaged whilst en route.
Top Tip: Place all screws, brackets and other assembly pieces in a plastic bag, and then label it clearly. Tape that bag to the largest piece of the disassembled furniture piece to stay organised.
Cushion the Corners
The corners of furniture are the most likely areas to sustain damage whilst moving house, so they need some extra protection. Use specialised furniture pads provided by your furniture transport services provider, or opt for heavy blankets. Fix the padding firmly around all corners, and then use packing tape to keep the padding in place.
Top Tip: If you're dealing with particularly delicate pieces or with antiques, add at least one additional layer of padding. Delicate furniture is extra vulnerable during a move due to shifting whilst en route, and this helps protect against that movement.
Dump the Drawers
For any dressers or chests, it's best to completely empty the contents prior to moving house. The contents can add considerable weight, making them more difficult to move safely. Further, if you leave all contents of drawers and chests intact, there is likely to be a lot of movement whilst en route. This can cause breakage to a number of small or delicate items. Whilst it does take some time, it's worth it to clean all items out and store them in boxes for the move. Wrap anything delicate in bubble wrap so you don't have to worry about breakage!
Top Tip: Label each box clearly—for example, "bedroom chest contents"—so that you can place the boxes together with their proper furniture for easier unpacking.
Taking a little bit of extra time now can help you prepare your furniture for a safe and easy move later. Contact your local furniture transport services company to learn more moving house tips!
When we started building a home together, my husband and I got a lot of furniture donations from friends and family. While this saved us a lot of cash, it did mean that we didn’t have a lot of say in the designs we ended up with; some of our larger pieces are a little old-fashioned and heavier than a lot of modern stuff you can buy in the shops now. While we like the eclectic look, it's still important for us to know how to keep this furniture clean and how to keep the flooring from getting damaged by these larger additions. After a bit of trial and error we found ways to prevent furniture and flooring from getting damaged.