Another question that we are frequently asked is about how to safely pack a lamp. There are a few different methods that can be utilized to properly pack both floor lamps and table lamps. We’ll outline the best practices in today’s blog.
As you can see from the image, there are boxes that you can get specifically for packing a lamp. While these can be helpful, especially with floor lamps, there are other ways as well. We’re going to talk about ways to pack lamps and cut back on moving supplies.
1. Find a box that is big enough to fit your lamp without having a lot of extra space
Lamps come in many shapes and sizes. Usually, they are pretty fragile, so you wouldn’t want to pack two lamps into one box (there are a few exceptions to the rule). While most moving companies can provide boxes and moving supplies, you can try to find free boxes from beer and wine stores, wholesale clubs like BJs or Cosco, or other stores.
2. Remove the lamp shade, lightbulb, and anything else that can easily be removed
Usually, the weight of a lamp is significant enough to cause damage to a brittle lamp shade or a light bulb. For that reason, you always want to pack these accessories separately from the lamp itself. If you have many lamps, you can pack the lampshades together like Russian Dolls and put them all into one box together. Be sure to mark the box very clearly so that nothing gets packed on top of it that could damage the lamp shades.
If possible, the best way to pack light bulbs is in the cardboard container that they usually come in. If you don’t have that, you can still wrap them in newsprint or newspaper and pack them in a small box with only other light and fragile items. Sometimes, you can wrap them up and put them into a larger container like a plastic cup, which will snugly house them and protect them from shattering.
3. Wrap the lamp in a heavy towel or blanket
Once you have the lamp isolated from the breakable accessories, you can roll it up into a blanket or towel. Make sure that there is enough coverage to wrap around it a couple times. You want as much cushion as possible, especially for more delicate lamps made out of ceramics or glass.
Once you have wrapped your lamp, you can go ahead and place it into the snugly fitting box that you found from step one. This will give your lamps several layers of protection, and is a great way to pack a lamp without using unnecessary packing supplies.
If you have any vases or similarly shaped decor around the house, this would also be a great way to securely pack those items.