Planning the layout of how you will pack your furniture and boxes into a large removal van is an essential first step to consider when moving house!
Thinking about this right from the start will ease the entire process and will ensure the highest level of safety too.
Before the process of packing begins, ensure boxed items are labelled clearly with the room they belong to and any furniture to be taken apart has been
fully dismantled. Any screws, nuts and bolts from furniture can be stored in tupperware or biscuit tins and kept together, clearly labelled as to what they
belong to. Once your van has arrived, begin moving items out onto the street and begin the process of packing!
First – Pack all heavy appliances in first. This can include the fridge, freezer, dish washer, cooker, oven, washing machine and so on. Being as far
forward as possible means the heavier items are closer to the engine which makes life easier and safer for the truck and its driver. Remember, it is always
best to store appliances the right way up.
Second – Separate out all things that can be used as cushioning or padding. This can include cushions, blankets, towels, pillows, mattresses, duvets or
curtains. First, you may wish to wrap any of these for their own protection from dirt or damage. Have a roll of duct tape handy to aid in wrapping these
objects. Tape can also be handy in wrapping certain delicate pieces of furniture with towels or blankets, including mirrors or large ceramics.
Third – Pack longer, larger pieces of furniture along the sides of the van. This can include sofas, wardrobes, drawers, cabinets and the odd chaise longue!
It can also include long pieces of furniture that have been taken apart for transport including bed frames and book shelves. Any pieces of furniture that
include drawers are best packed with drawers facing the sides of the van to minimise the chance of
them opening in transit. Taping drawers shut is a good idea, although if you are worried about marking the furniture use rope or cables instead to secure
some kind of padding, either blankets or a mattress.
Fourth – Bring in the boxes! Normally a large truck will allow for three levels of storage. Ideally load
your lowest level with the heaviest boxes, the middle level with slightly lighter boxes and the top level with the lightest boxes. It’ll be far easier if
all boxes are the same size, keeping each level roughly the same height.
Fifth – Now bring in the remaining items to fill any gaps or holes in the van. Use any remaining soft items to cushion and soften any tight packing,
delicate objects or sharp corners. Remember, loose objects are dangerous objects! If you run out of cushioning, use cable-ties or rope where possible to
secure movable objects or layers of packing that might seem unstable.
What happens if you discover the truck is bigger than you need? It is never a good idea to layer your belongings too high in a large truck and leave a
large empty space at the back. This will allow things to shift and move once the van gets going. Instead, do not aim to create as many as three layers but
spread out your packing to create one even layer throughout. You are always aiming to allow for as little movement as possible, so even layers and secure
cushioning will be your best friends at all times.