Packing 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.