Protect Your Furniture When Moving Home

There is a lot of excitement about moving to a new home but most people dread having to move their stuff into the new home. There is a lot of stress attached with moving, whether you are working with professional movers or taking on the job yourself. Once you settle in on a move-in date, you can start organizing your stuff for the big day. The most hectic and difficult job is moving your furniture pieces to its new home, primarily because of its size, bulk, shape and number. This article will help you plan and prepare for moving your furniture to your new home safely, while protecting your belongings.

  1. Lighten and Disassemble Furniture Where Possible

Most furniture can be heavy and therefore prove difficult to transport. But you can make some items lighter by removing or taking apart pieces. You should empty out drawers, dressers, cabinets, and any other furnishings with anything inside to avoid damaging items. Pack these items into labeled boxes so that you can find them in your new home.

Without the extra weight, it makes carrying and maneuvering furniture easier. If you do have any soft items, like bed sheets or towels, stored in covered storage units, it may be a good idea to simply tape down the drawers or shelves for the move.

When moving your furniture, you will be working through very tight spaces so disassemble all furniture that can be broken down into the smallest possible parts to make it easier to stack the pieces during the transit. You should take apart as many desks, tables, cabinets, shelving units, and other furnishings as you can without damaging the furniture. You should remove couch cushions, chaises, or separate mattresses from bed frames. Always slide heavier furniture until you reach the door or stairs where you must lift.

  1. Wrap Everything to Protect Furniture

Keep in mind that when you are moving, all furniture will have its unique needs to prevent scratches, tears, cracks and chips. Once your furniture has been broken down, wrap and prepare it for protection with bubble wrap, furniture covers, etc. You can use blankets, sheets, paper padding and stretch wrap around every piece of furniture to avoid damage during the move. For furniture with sharp edges or delicate antiques there needs to be extra padding in place. With large mirrors or glass top tables it is best to wrap them in blankets and then stretch wrap it for protection. Large sheets of stretch wrap will be adequate for preventing dents and scuffs to larger items like entertainment centers, armoires, and bed frames. You can purchase heavy tape, mattress bags, plastic wraps too from your local home improvement store for different pieces of furniture. Also when moving the furniture into your new home, be careful not to scratch and damage the floor or the carpeting.  Use furniture sliders for pushing your furniture around without the risk of scratching or damaging the floor surface or carpet.

  1. Have a Furniture Placement Plan

Plan ahead where you want the furniture to go in your new home. Use measuring tape to measure your furniture and map out the space needed for your furniture in your new home. Create a floor plan for every single room so that all the pieces of furniture go exactly where you want it to when it comes off the truck. Use the camera for a snapshot of the space for reference later.

Follow these simple tips when packing your furniture into the moving truck, so that all your items arrive safely.

  • Place boxes around the side of the truck to prevent furniture from moving or slamming around while in transit.
  • Use blankets on the bottom of the truck floor to prevent furniture from getting scratched up or dented.
  • Use boxes or storage containers for separate dismembered pieces of furniture such as table legs, small dresser drawers, etc.
  • The heaviest furniture should be loaded into the truck first to avoid it bumping into more delicate items.
  • You can put longer or square furniture items like tables, night stands, and mattresses against the boxes on the sides, so that other belongings can fit in the truck easily.

Also prepare and protect the walls of your new home from scuffs and damage during the moving activities by taping furniture pads to the walls and corners of the room. This way the edges of any furniture and moving dollies entering through the door will not skim the surface of the walls or make dents.

  1. Use Self Storage for Extra Furniture

When you are moving, self storage offers the perfect solution for temporary storage. A self-storage facility will have units in different sizes and you can store your furniture safe in there, until you can plan and move stuff into your new home gradually. Instead of rushing the move and stressing yourself out, look for self storage facilities that offer benefits, like:

  • Climate-controlled units for long term storage of your furniture. The controlled environment will prevent any of your furniture from cracking or expanding over time due to heat or humidity
  • Flexible hours so you can access your furniture anytime you please
  • Free moving assistance service and packing supplies to help with the transfer of furniture from your old home to your storage unit
  • Different unit sizes for your specific furniture storing needs

Take a look at our self storage units in aurora.

With a little planning and the right supplies in hand to prepare your furniture for the move, you can take the stress out of moving belongings when you relocate or shift homes. Coordinating and moving furniture to your new home is not all that complicated, when you invest a little time and planning into it. Follow these tips to move and settle into your new place faster, with your furniture safe. Contact the Neighborhood Self Storage team at (303) 647-5374 for more information on our self storage facility and services. We have supplies, boxes and racks to help you get organized before your big move.

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