The services of moving companies always include the option to have all your goods packed and removed by them, usually at an extra charge. You are likewise free to handle the packing of your goods in readiness for furniture removals yourself, in which case you save money (since you do not need to hire professional packers), and expend time instead (the hours and effort you use to get your chairs, tables, televisions, and other belongings ready for the removers).
Regardless of whether your opt to prepare your furniture for removal entirely on your own, leave the matter wholly in the hands of the moving companies, or choose a mix of the two (a very common choice), certain techniques of readying furniture for moving apply.
You can use these hints while wrapping up your larger goods, as a guide to the best way to protect them from damage. Remember that simply because an item has a hard surface does not mean that it needs no protection – scratches and dents will not lessen the furniture’s functionality, but it will certainly make it less attractive, and a less desirable part of your décor.
You can also keep a watch on the moving companies’ packers to make sure they are carrying out the furniture wrapping appropriately. Although you should not fuss and nag at the moving personnel, you are paying for a service that includes transporting your goods to the new destination intact, so you are well within your rights to insist on better packing if the packers appear to be overlooking the safety of some item of furniture.
Though most reputable moving companies insure your goods against damage at no extra charge to you, it is much better to ensure that the objects are never damaged at all with proper packing, rather than having items valuable to you disfigured or destroyed, and then needing to endure all the inconveniences of filing an insurance claim.
Items of furniture that need bubble wrap packing
Bubble wrap is a type of packing that is usually reserved for hard surfaced items of furniture. With their numerous small “blisters” of air (a substance that cannot be easily compressed), sheets of bubble wrap keep a springy, resilient layer of protection between hard surfaces and other objects, which could produce damage to them.
Protection works in both directions – a piece of bubble wrapped furniture that strikes another will be much softer than one whose angles and corners are bare and ready to scrape, scratch, and gouge. In effect, rigid items of furniture need soft protection to counteract the vulnerabilities of their hardness. Most moving companies make use of wrapping blankets to protect furniture, but bubble wrap provides an additional layer of safety for your valuables.
Metal furniture like filing cabinets and shelf sets are tough, but they are often painted or coated, so bubble wrap will prevent surface scratches as well as lessening the odds of dents. Glass items such as glass-topped tables, glass fronted cabinets, and the like also need a layer or two of bubble wrap shielding. Televisions and microwaves, tables, chests of drawers, hard-surfaced chairs, paintings, and anything with a polished surface are all candidates for this type of packing.
Plastic wrapping for soft furniture
Soft surfaced, upholstered furniture should be wrapped in sheet plastic instead of bubble wrap. A mattress or an overstuffed armchair do not require bubble wrap, since they cannot be dented and are immune to scratches (though not tears), so a plastic wrap is more appropriate since it is less bulky. Typical moving companies recognize this fact and supply plastic wrapping for soft furniture.
The goal of plastic wrapping is mostly to keep your furniture’s cloth surfaces from being stained or befouled by substances such as water, mud, or dust along the way. This covering also helps to prevent rips in the fabric. Hassocks, sofas, chaise lounges, and so on are all suitable for plastic wrap. If these items have hard portions (for example, wooden legs on an upholstered armchair), then a small amount of bubble wrap can be wrapped around these areas to assure you of their safe arrival.