With around 40% of people in Australia changing their address every five years, you might be part of this percentage getting ready to move in the near future. If so, then it is important to move without damaging your items and furniture. We have put together this guide to share our top tips on how to move homes without damaging your furniture.
Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of moving like a pro.
In order to protect your furniture you will need good-quality moving supplies. This includes bubble wrap, sealable plastic bags, sofa covers, mattress covers, plastic stretch wrap, and maybe some corrugated cardboard sheets. You might also want to look into buying soft blankets that won’t scratch your furniture.
Prepping Your Furniture
For furniture that you can disassemble, we recommend doing so. Just make sure that when you do, you label everything, so that you don’t have a hard time putting the furniture back together. Also, clean everything thoroughly because debris can scratch hard surfaces while you are moving.
If possible remove casters, knobs, and pulls from your furniture to avoid knocking them into anything by accident. Any drawers in your larger furniture should come out unless you are planning on wrapping up the entire furniture piece with plastic wrap.
For couches and tables with legs remove them before packing them. Remove any cushions that come off from chairs and sofas as well.
A Storage Unit Is Your Friend
If there is a delay in your move between when you can officially move into your new home and when you have to leave your old home, consider renting a storage unit for the in-between time. You can click here to see if there is a unit available in your local area. The great thing about a storage unit is that you can store everything safely and have peace of mind that everything is in one place.
Bubble wrapping and plastic sheeting your furniture are great ways to add an extra layer of protection to your furniture. Doing this will prevent scratches and gouges while your items are on the moving truck. You can opt to do this by yourself, or you can have someone help you especially if the item is large or heavy.
Bubble wrap is perfect for glass because it prevents it from breaking. As an extra precaution, you can use painter’s tape to tape a giant X across the glass. In the event that the glass breaks it will shatter into the tape and not create a glass mess.
It is easy to damage wooden furniture when you are moving, so you really need to take the time to protect all of your wooden pieces. We recommend using thicker materials when wrapping wooden furniture such as wrapping blankets because they will provide better protection than plastic. Using just plastic wrap can leave you with furniture that has dings and dents.
After you wrap your wooden furniture with blankets, you can use either bubble wrap or plastic wrap to provide an extra layer of protection. You can also use corrugated cardboard sheets in between the wooden furniture pieces.
Packing the Truck
There is also an art to packing your moving truck to avoid items from falling on top of each other. Also, planning out how you pack your moving truck is going to make things easier for you and whoever is helping you move. We recommend first creating a wall of boxes on the backend of the truck and making sure they are tightly packed, so they don’t slip.
Then you can start moving in any square-shaped furniture like desks and dressers and put them against your boxes. Use either corrugated cardboard in between your furniture pieces or blankets. On top of the dressers or desks, you can stack some more boxes as needed as long as they are tightly packed.
Then you can bring in mattresses and last, but not least, couches, chairs, etc.
Ready to Move Your Furniture Like a Pro?
Now that you have our top tips on how to move your furniture without damaging it, it’s time to apply what you learned and move your furniture like a pro. The last thing you want is to go through an exhausting move only to find that half of your furniture was damaged, and you will have to spend extra money to replace it.
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