As with many other complex and laborious matters, preparing your furniture thoroughly for removals ensures that everything goes smoothly and with a minimum of accidents on the moving day. Although furniture is quite sturdy, its surface is as easily damaged as any other physical surface, so for the sake of aesthetics, it should be treated carefully and its moving well thought out beforehand.
Below, you can find a few tips for making the moving process easier, and safer for your furniture, too.
Readying multiple part furniture for moving
When removals are upcoming, one of the ways you can make it easier to carry heavy pieces of furniture out of the house is to disassemble those which come apart easily, and pack the pieces separately. Be sure to label each piece with your name and address, and write the number of pieces on each label as well – for example, if a piece of furniture breaks down into four pieces, label these ¼, 2/4, ¾, and 4/4. This will allow you to check quickly to see whether all pieces are present when they are delivered to their final destination.
More types of furniture are suitable for disassembly during removals than you might suppose. Look at each piece in terms not of its familiar “gestalt”, but as potentially separate items which are usually arranged to form a whole. For example, a chest of drawers or bureau can be greatly lightened by taking all the drawers out and wrapping them separately.
Even if you do not want to go to this length, you can take the drawers out while the bureau is being carried out to the truck, then reinsert the drawers and wrap the item with furniture pads, blankets, and bubble wrap once it is inside the vehicle.
Tables may or may not be easily disassembled. Check to see how the legs are attached to a given table. Those with a single central pillar may lift or screw off a mounting hidden beneath the tabletop, separating the tabletop and the support into two easily-managed portions. Other table legs may be attached by wood screws (which can be carefully unscrewed), butterfly nuts threaded onto long bolts, and so on. Some may be nailed and glued immovably together, however.
Even upholstered furniture can often be “disassembled” to some degree. For sofas and armchairs, it is often possible to remove the seat cushions, which are bulky, and place these into a carton. This will lighten the furniture somewhat for the planned removals.
Be sure to immediately place all detached screws, nuts, bolts, and other fasteners into labeled plastic bags, and collect these into a larger bag. This will allow you to quickly reassemble your furniture once it is in your new home or office.
Special considerations for glass tops and wood
Glass table tops are among the most vulnerable pieces of furniture during removals, and taking a little extra care preparing them can prevent them from arriving at the destination cracked. Wrap them in newspaper first to provide good defense against scratches, then wrap a thick layer of bubble wrap around the whole tabletop.
Tape this carefully into place to ensure a snug fit, and to prevent it from slipping off in transit. Finally, if available, tape large sheets of Styrofoam on each side of the tabletop. If these are absent, tape sheets of cardboard with lightweight paper stuffing beneath them (loosely wadded newspaper, for example). If you have a carton large enough to accommodate the glass tabletop, put the wrapped object into the carton with enough packing material to keep it from shifting, and tape the carton shut.
Wooden furniture can often be partly protected from scratches by waxing it thoroughly immediately before it is packed. A coat of wax does not replace bubble wrap or furniture pads or blankets, but it can give that extra bit of shielding that will ensure a pristine delivery at the other end.