11 Furniture care tips for your next move


11 Furniture care tips for your next move

Moving into a new home is an exciting chapter in everyone’s life. You can explore a new area and experiment with your artistic sense when decorating the new space. With all that excitement comes the jittery feeling of packing all your belongings and moving them safely. Books, clothes, and other small items are easy to pack and move. However, it gets overwhelming when you pack and move heavier items like furniture. You risk breaking some of your prized possessions without proper packing, adequate help, and planning. But we’re here to help! Consider these eleven tips when moving to avoid damaging your furniture.

  • Get packing supplies

The number one rule to keep your furniture safe while moving is to pack it properly. No matter who helps with the moving process, movers or friends and family, make sure to pack your sofa chairs and dining tables properly. It’s easy to get scratches on the sofa chair’s leg or lose a drawer knob when moving. To ensure you don’t lose important parts or get scratches on your furniture, use the following packing materials:

  • Bubble wrap to protect fragile items like mirrors and décor pieces
  • Shrink wrap 
  • Sealable plastic bags for keeping items safe from dust and structural damage
  • Packing tape
  • Wrap furniture safely

The reason for mentioning packing supplies is to wrap every furniture item safely instead of throwing it in the moving truck. If this part of moving overwhelms you, you can hire removalists like Optimove to help plan your move, pack your items and safely transport them. Removalists use plastic wrap that’s tear-resistant and clear to protect your furniture during transit. You can also use blankets to cover furniture during the moving process. Since blankets are thick and soft, they protect the furniture against shock that could easily lead to breakage. Finally, use a material like a shrink wrap to protect furniture from dust and dirt. It also keeps furniture intact during transit.

  • Dissemble furniture before moving

An essential rule of thumb when moving furniture is to disassemble anything that can be reassembled again. Furniture like beds, tables, and bookshelves are usually easy to reassemble. Breaking the structure down will help pack it safely and make moving easier. It’s also easy to pick up and transport from the vehicle to the new property. Before disassembling furniture, ensure you have the original instruction manual or an online tutorial for help. Once disassembled, safely pack everything with plastic or bubble wrap and store it in one box or container to avoid misplacing anything. 

  • Assess furniture before moving

Not everything in your old home will be used in the new property. Over time, your needs and preferences may change. For example, if you want to switch up your new home’s color palette or look, you might have to give up some older furniture pieces. Therefore, before moving, examine everything that you own. If there is any faulty or damaged furniture, either get it fixed or trade it for a few bucks to buy something new. Also, consider what you might not need in the new house. For example, if there isn’t enough space for two bookshelves in the new living room, get rid of one or upholster it into something that can be used for a different function. Furniture is heavy and costly to move, therefore assess everything you own before moving. For example, moving a dining table before measuring it is not a good idea if you don’t know the dimension of your new dining room.

  • Store small pieces in separate bags

When you disassemble furniture, keep the small nuts, bolts, screws, and other tiny pieces in sealed plastic bags. It’s easy to lose the small items that may not be available later. Also, make sure to label every plastic bag with the item the contents belong to. Sorting everything beforehand and labeling it helps easily reassemble furniture in the new house. 

  • Don’t shy away from asking for help

Don’t make the mistake of moving everything by yourself. Many people either shy away from asking for help when moving or think they can do it independently. Especially if you don’t have the muscle strength and stamina to carry furniture from the moving truck to your property, get help. Lifting heavy furniture is a safety hazard and can result in long-term injuries. Also, if you drop something heavy and a bit on the pricier end, you would have to buy a replacement, which is avoidable if you ask for help when moving. 

  • Use special moving equipment

Lifting heavier items like pool tables or pianos can be challenging, especially if you’re moving a couple of stories above the ground. In these cases, consider using special moving equipment like a hand truck that can help safely lift the items and place them in your moving truck. Not only does this reduce the chances of damage, but it is also hazard-free.

  • Rent a moving truck

You will have to rent a moving truck with a ramp and ropes for tying everything down. Tie-down trucks with ramps are available at most moving companies. Tie-down trucks help keep everything in place during transit. In addition, the ramps allow loading the truck without much manual labor and make the unloading process more manageable.

  • Use gliders to move furniture

When moving furniture on hardwood floors, place felt pads, cardboard, gliders, or towels underneath to prevent scratches on the floor. If you’re moving into a rental property, take extra care to protect the flooring, or the repair expense will come out of your deposit. Gliders also help move the furniture quickly if it’s heavy and doesn’t have wheels underneath. 

  • Clear doorways

Before unloading the moving truck and carrying everything into your new home, clear entryways and doorways to prevent a collision. It is best to keep the doors as wide open as possible and ensure not to scratch against the doors or walls when carrying the furniture. Friction against a wooden door can leave scratch marks and ruin its polish. It might also damage your furniture, so steer clear. 

  • Clean and prep furniture

Before packing and moving furniture, ensure everything is clean and prepped for the move. Clean dust and debris from the furniture, scrape hard-to-clean surfaces, then pack. Dusting and cleaning everything before you move helps keep your new space clean. 

Conclusion 

Moving is undoubtedly an intimidating and physically demanding process, but with the help of some friends or a moving company, you can easily pack and shift your furniture to your new home.