Tips For Packing Lamps For Moving

Ppacking-40916_640acking up a lamp can be a little tricky. Each component of the lamp is fragile in its own way, making the task a little bit tedious to deal with. Nobody wants to get to their new home and find that their old stuff got ruined by not being packed the proper way. Bent lamp shades or broken lamp bases can mean that you wasted time and effort to move something that wound up being junk anyway. You can avoid that by following these tips for packing lamps.

Separate All Components Of The Lamp

Before you do anything else with it, you should dismantle the lamp. You’ll want to separate the bulb(s), the base, and the lamp shade(s).

Wrap The Breakable Pieces

If your lamp has a glass or ceramic base, you’ll want to provide ample padding. If it is somewhat large and heavy, you’ll probably want to wrap it with a furniture pad, and pack it into the closest box size that it fits snugly into. You don’t want a lot of extra space. If you have to fill some space, you can use things like pillows or blankets, which will provide additional protection.

Bulbs should be removed. The best way to move light bulbs is in their original packaging, but most people don’t hang onto that. Alternate places can be something like a shoebox with padding. If you have to put multiple bulbs into the same box, make sure that they are fully wrapped. Dish paper is best for this. You’ll want to make sure that you can’t hear any glass-on-glass sounds before you put the box into the truck for moving.

Package It Up

Just like the base of the lamp, you’ll want to find a box that is close to the same size as your lamp shade. You don’t want a lot of extra space, as it can cause damage if the lamp shade rattles around inside the box. You can use lightweight linens, sheets, t-shirts, or towels to provide some extra padding within the box.

What Moving Supplies Do You Really Need?

If you choose to hire a moving company for your move, you may be offered a number of moving supplies. Some of them could be useful for you, and some may not be necessary. Today’s blog will help you decide which moving supplies you will need for your move.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are designed to have clothes hanging on them, just like in a closet. If you have a good amount of clothes hanging on hangers, you should consider wardrobe boxes. Most companies allow you to rent them, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the large boxes after the move. They are not good for clothes that is folded up in drawers.

Alternatives: Medium to Large boxes, plastic bags/trash bags (more likely to wrinkle your clothing).

Dish Barrels

Dish barrels are large boxes that are reinforced to be able to hold and protect a heavy assortment of dishware. Items are usually wrapped in newsprint/packing paper and sometimes cardboard dividers are used to separate glasses. If you have a good amount of ceramic or glass dishware, we think this is the best way to pack those items. Plastic and other durable materials can be packed into smaller boxes.

Alternatives: While some people do choose to put glasses and other dishware into small book boxes, we still recommend using dish barrels. They are reinforced to hold more weight and are more than twice as thick as a typical book box (or wine box, etc). 

Bubble Wrap

For packing delicate items, such as crystalware, framed art or photos, and other delicates, bubble wrap is usually the best method. Some less fragile items could be safely wrapped in towels and other linens, but for the most fragile and delicate (and valuable) pieces, we highly recommend using bubble wrap.

Book Boxes/Small Boxes

A standard book box is about 1.5 cubic feet. It is small enough that you can fill it with books, CDs, DVDs, or other items that can be packed together safely but can accumulate a significant amount of weight.

Alternatives: While larger boxes should be reserved for only lighter, bulkier items, we have found banker boxes as well as beer and wine boxes can be good replacements for book boxes.

Medium-XL Boxes

Larger boxes are used for lighter but larger items, which could include blankets/linens, pillows, lamp shades, board games, and more. Depending on what exactly is being moved, some people have found other methods of packing these items.

Alternatives: For linens/blankets – trash bags or other large plastic bags. Suitcases, laundry bags, hampers, crates, plastic bins/totes.