As far as a move goes, packing your furniture and other household items is by far the most labour intensive and time-consuming task.
Transporting everything you own from one home to another takes a whole lot of effort and planning.
Here’s our guide to packing furniture that will save you a whole lot of time and hassle throughout the already stressful experience of moving house.
Tips on Packing Furniture for a Move
To minimise your to-do list on moving day, ensure that you organise your packing plan in advance and gather all of the materials you will require when it’s go time. It’s a good idea to survey the furniture you have before getting supplies. What size is everything? Volume? How many pieces can be taken apart, and how many will you need to transport whole? Asking these questions will help you develop a more efficient packing strategy.
Along with ensuring that you have enough moving boxes, you’ll most likely need:
- Bubble wrap
- Packing peanuts
- Furniture blankets
- Packing paper
- Duct tape
- Corrugated cardboard
Clean the furniture
Taking the time to properly wipe down everything before it goes onto the moving truck is something that not many people consider, but will save your things from getting unnecessarily scratched by small bits of dust and other particles. Plus, you don’t want to be taking dusty furniture into your brand new home! Not only is dust dirty, but it’s bad for your health.
Consider hiring a removalist
Of course, the choice is entirely yours – but in our opinion, hiring a removalist for furniture moving is a game changer. Their logistical expertise ensures efficient packing and safe transportation, sparing you the stress and strain of heavy lifting, remember, they do this for a living, so they know things you haven’t had the pleasure of learning through experience. Ultimately, they not only save time but also provide peace of mind during a potentially chaotic move, so you can focus less on the stress and more on the interior design choices in your new home..
Take apart furniture where possible
Disassembling pieces of furniture that can be taken apart is going to be the most convenient method of moving them, the larger items in particular. Instead of carrying huge pieces of furniture to the moving van and into/out of the house that need multiple helping hands to lift, you can simply pack the individual parts into moving boxes. This tip is important for reducing the risk of injury throughout your move, too. Lifting heavy items can strain the body, potentially causing life-long injuries in the case of more serious accidents. Taking care of your body when moving is important. To help prevent injuries from heavy furniture that cannot be taken apart, see this guide for safe lifting techniques.
Carefully wrap your furniture
You’ll need to properly wrap your unboxed items with the appropriate materials – these will vary depending on the material and size of the given parts. Moving blankets are specially designed to protect furniture when transporting it. Not only do they prevent scratches and dents, but they are also shock absorbent and are well suited to bigger items of furniture. Bubble wrap works too for smaller items, and is more readily available and cost-effective.
Pack the vehicle strategically
Put your largest and weightiest items such as couches and dressers at the very bottom of the truck before you even consider boxes. You’ll also want to prosperity secure these pieces using jockey straps or ropes and place corrugated cardboard between the more fragile stuff like glass and mirrors. Always place heavy boxes on the floor of the moving van, and stack lighter boxes on top. When packing a moving vehicle, use common sense. Is it heavy? If it is, then is it properly secured? Are my lighter items going to fly away as soon as I take off? You can never be too careful when it comes to securing your items in the truck.
Take the time to label boxes
When it comes to moving, the simple act of labelling boxes can make a world of difference. Picture this: you arrive at your new place, surrounded by towers of boxes. Without labels, it’s like a game of mystery—what’s in each one? By clearly marking them, you streamline the unpacking process and save valuable time. This is especially helpful when you have bits of disassembled furniture in different boxes. No more hunting through boxes for the last piece of that table.
Clear labels mean everything finds its place effortlessly, making your move smoother and more organised. So, grab that marker and start labelling, your future self will thank you!