Tips For Moving Furniture – How To Wrap Your Stuff

Properly wrapped furniture, fit to be moved
No matter the size or distance of the job – if you are moving furniture, you are going to want to properly pad and wrap your items. Furniture pads will help to protect the walls, floors, and doors, as well as the furniture itself. Taking a few extra minutes during your move to properly pad your items can go a long way in protecting your property during your move.

1. Empty out the drawers and cabinets. You don’t want to have loose items clanging around inside your furniture while it is being moved – it can damage the items and your furniture. The best method for moving furniture is to have it completely empty. Even having the weight of some towels or bedding in a dresser can cause warpage – the furniture simply was not meant to be moved with any extra weight in it.

2. Secure the doors, drawers, and any other moving/sliding parts. You can use tape or stretch wrap to help keep everything in place.

3. Cover your item with a furniture pad. Larger items may require multiple pads to completely cover. It is best to hold the pad in place with some tape. If you do need multiple pads to cover an item, it can be helpful to tape down the pads by section, until you have covered the piece of furniture entirely. It can be helpful to have a second person helping with this – one person to hold the pads in place, and another to apply the tape. Remember – the tape only needs to hold the pad in place.

4. Once your item has a pad taped in place, you can stretch wrap it for additional protection. This final layer will help to keep the pad in place, protecting your furniture. It can also give you something to grip at if you need it.

5. That’s it! You are ready to move your furniture!

How to safely move a dresser

Moving a dresser might seem like a simple task, but it wouldn’t take much to damage the piece, cause an injury, or scratch up some floors and walls. By following the proper procedure, you can ensure that you safely transport your furniture with no mishaps.

1. Empty the drawers

Emptying out the drawers before you attempt to move a dresser will give you an advantage. For one thing, you’re reducing the weight of the furniture. Another thing that is often overlooked is that furniture wasn’t meant to be moved while it was full. Having a dresser at a 45° or 90° tilt (which is common while moving it) can cause the piece to crack or snap.  Your best bet is to completely empty the drawers prior to moving. At the very least, you should make sure that they are no more than one-third full.

2. Determine if you need to remove the drawers

Again, this can give you an advantage in two ways. There is the obvious, that you will reduce the weight of the furniture. The other thing to consider is space. Sometimes, having no drawers in will allow you to make a tight corner or doorway, that you simply could not make if the drawers were in the furniture. By removing them, you create an empty space that you can work with. This can be especially handy on a stairway with banisters.

3. Pad and wrap the piece

You’ll want to use some padded furniture blankets and some tape and/or stretch wrap. Before you ever lift the piece, make sure it is well covered. This will protect it from any scratches or dents. Taking this extra step will give you an added measure of security for your furniture.

4. Move it! 

If you’ve followed the first three steps, you should be ready to move the piece! I recommend always having at least two people on any dresser or bureau. In certain situations, you might even need three or four. Communicate with each other to make sure that you are both comfortable. If someone needs to adjust their grip, be sure to tell the other person so that there are no surprises.

 

How To Organize Yours Moving Truck For Your Move

How to organise a large removal van when moving house

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.

Tips for Moving Those Awkward Items

The belongings that we amass over the course of our lives come in a variety of sizes and shapes.  From the 8×10 framed pictures of your senior dances to the oversized colonial hutch you received as a wedding present, our possessions are often an eclectic representation of our lives.  So what happens when a move is on the horizon and it’s time for these items, big and small, to be relocated?

Each time I get ready for such a move, I am immediately aware of how much time and effort could have been saved if I would have put a little more thought into the logistics of it beforehand.  Perhaps I wouldn’t have had to toss out an assortment of couches I’ve abandoned over the years or single handedly maneuver an oak armoire down two flights of stairs.  We’ve all had the deflating experience of opening the box containing what should have been my computer but was instead a jumbled assortment of wires, a computer tower with a busted CD drive and a monitor with two huge gashes to the screen.  Planning ahead for moving some of your belongings that are bulkier, more cumbersome and just plain awkward can make your moving day much less stressful.

Piano

Moving a piano requires seventy people with super-human strength and the precision of no less than three neo-natal surgeons to ensure that the instrument makes it from point A to point B with no hiccups.

In all seriousness, moving a piano is no easy task.  The average piano often surpasses the 800 pound mark, and depending on the model, most will present you with a complex series of maneuvers and turns in order to get it out the door.  Pianos are also very temperamental and even the slightest collision with a wall or doorframe can alter the pitch and tune of any number of the keys.

It is because of this that moving a piano should often be covered by an industry expert.  To start generating a list of options, consider calling a local music shop and asking them for suggestions.  Most will be happy to supply you with a list of names and numbers of trusted movers who specialize in the transportation of pianos.  Call around and inquire about rates, protection from accidents and available dates.

Armoires, Hutches, Credenzas

Out of college, my first apartment that I rented came with the added amenity of not having a functional closet space.  In lieu of a traditional closet I instead had a half-door that was probably more suited for a leprechaun than a human.  Because of this I found myself to be a proud owner of a large, hollow, wooden rectangle known as an armoire.

Armoires pose an especially tricky dilemma.  Most of the times, they come in pretty narrow boxes thatare easy to bring into your home, but once assembled all that changes.

When a move is on the horizon and an armoire, large hutch or credenza is in your possession you might be forced to make some tough choices.  If you are feeling ambitious and your new location has the space to use the item effectively, you can of course disassemble the beast and take it out of your home in the same way that it was brought in.  Another useful tip is to take a look at the windows in your current place of residence.  I have my share of friends who have taken out windows to avoid a maneuvering nightmare that would otherwise be moving it through the home.

For some, the need for an armoire might not be as pressing at the new location as it was beforehand.  For those that fall into this category I recommend speaking to the landlord or the homeowner.  They should be able to help you and it’s a more proactive approach than just leaving it there for them to deal with.

If an apartment or a home doesn’t have adequate storage space, chances are the landlord knows about it and chances are it’s a source of contention when prospective tenants are contemplating a move onto the premise.  When I was in this situation, I gave my landlord a quick phone call and asked if he would be interested in purchasing it from me to keep in the home for future renters.  He obliged and I found myself with a few extra bucks in my pocket than what I would have had otherwise.

Carefully Packing Electronics

Electronics can be the most fickle of items to deal with in a move, with antiques edging them out slightly.  Arranging electronics in a box is like a scene from The Hurt Locker, one false move and something is fried forever.

I made the fatal mistake of putting all of my computer equipment in one box during one move.  In the time the box moved from home, to U-Haul to new home, I had lost the ability for my CD drive to function properly and my new 22-inch monitor was sporting two freshly procured battle wounds.

Best practices for moving often suggest you try your best to put the electronics back into their original packaging then into the box.  However, if you’re like me, those Styrofoam packing materials are thrown away the moment the box is opened.  If that’s the case, don’t worry, there is a lot of other things you can do to protect your expensive electronics.

If you are worried about damage to a monitor, consider wrapping it in a series of towels.  I once took an international flight where I needed to transport my monitor.  In order to avoid repeating history, I wrapped my screen in several towels, making sure to pack extra around the monitor portion.  The screen made it safely overseas with no knick or dings whatsoever.

As for the tower, consider purchasing a small roll of bubble wrap.  These items can often be procured at popular packaging stores like UPS or Kinkos and are usually pretty inexpensive.  Once you have a roll of this stuff, put it around your housing and place it in a box.  Fill the space around the tower with packaging peanuts or, for a less expensive alternative, use more towels, making sure the computer has no wiggle room and no opportunity to ding up against something that would cause it to break.

Making Moving Easier

While the actual event of getting an object from one point to another can be one hurdle to overcome, often times moving large, bulky items within the home as they make their way to the truck or U-haul can also pose a challenge.  To deal with this, I also suggest a little more forethought.

Create handles.  This is a simple, cost-effective way of moving a large piece of furniture when you don’t have access to enough people to physically lift the object.  Handles can be made from ropes, electrical tape and a number of other items.  Using a handle in this way can give you that leverage edge you need to transport that tricky object to the truck waiting outside.

Use moving pads.  Never in the history of time have I annoyed my friends more than when I got these four little discs at a department store.  In total seriousness, I could have been the company’s spokesperson for a few weeks.  The little magic plates work by having a smooth rounded side and on the reverse side, a non-glide pad that adheres to almost anything.  To move a big object (in my case, a rather cumbersome four-post bed) you simply lift up each leg and place the small disc on the point of contact with the floor.  Once all the discs are places, moving huge objects like these is as easy as pushing a skateboard.

Anticipate, Anticipate, Anticipate

Like with the armoire scenario, it’s always best to anticipate which objects are going to give you the most trouble during a move.  Make a note of these things, see which ones aren’t as necessary as the others.  Perhaps you can get a head start at disassembling them, finding them a new home or perhaps sending them on over to a storage unit for safe keeping until a better option opens up down the road.

Whichever choice you make, think it through, adding a broken, damaged or knicked up item to the moving stress is a completely avoidable scenario.  Do you have any other great tips? I’d love to hear them below.

Jenn Young is freelance writer working with Uncle Bob’s, a storage unit. When not writing about storage units, Jenn can be found beautifying her home with organization projects.