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How to pack furniture for moving

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Relocating your home to another place can be a very daunting process. There will be a zillion small things to consider, and many expenses to come. That is why it is critical to secure great movers to help you relocate. They can do most of the work for you, and have a moving service for every situation. But if you want to save some money, you will want to do some things on your own. Notably, you will want to pack furniture for moving yourself. Professional movers can charge you quite a bit for this service, after all, and it is not all that complicated if you know how to go about it.

How to pack furniture for moving the right way

Here is a small list of tasks that you may want to follow, to get through this process a lot easier:

  • Make a plan
  • Take pictures
  • Obtain packing supplies
  • Disassemble large and bulky items
  • Wrap the furniture before moving it
  • Mind your fragile items

You may also want to consider whether you will be utilizing a storage unit for your relocation. There might be a few additional steps to ensure that your belongings are ready for their stay in one of the Florida storage facilities. If you are unsure as to how to protect your furniture, the best thing to do is to contact your movers directly. They will advise you on the best course of action for your particular situation.

a couple carrying a couch in order to pack furniture for moving
Before you can relocate your furniture, you need to prepare it for transport.

The first step – Creating a plan

When we say “create a plan”, what we really mean is figure out which furniture pieces require disassembly. This is the most critical part of the process, as you don’t want to simply disassemble everything. Focus on the items that can’t fit through doorways, or can’t be moved down a staircase. This is also the time to consider taking apart any valuable possessions, as well as some fragile items. These can be much easier to relocate if they are in pieces, after all. The most common pieces that you will need to think about are beds, tables, desks, and wall cabinets. 

Take pictures of the pieces you plan on disassembling

But disassembly is just one part of the “puzzle”. You will also need to assemble all those items at their new destination. Therefore, you may want to take as many pictures during the disassembly process as necessary. That will provide you with a visual reminder of “what goes where”. It is also a good idea to take multiple pictures during each step of the process. It will not take you much time, after all. And it can save you a lot of headaches later on.

Gather the necessary packing supplies

Next up, you will need to obtain all the proper packing materials. There are a few ways of going about this. First, you can simply contact one of the Florida moving companies such as ACME Relocation, and have them deliver the supplies. Or you can run to the store yourself. Alternatively, if you want to save some money on packing materials (and you have plenty of time), you may search online marketplaces for cheap packing supplies. It may take you a while but it is the best way to conserve your moving budget.

a couple packing furniture
Get the right packing supplies for the job and everything will be easier.

Proceed with disassembly

Once you have all the necessary materials, it is time to get to work. The process of disassembling your items varies from item to item, but there are a few general guidelines. For pieces that have cushions, remove them first and uncover the frame. You will then want to unscrew the “legs” and move them separately. The tools of choice here are a simple flathead screwdriver and pliers. You will need the latter to remove any staples that secure the coverings on the bottom.

For desk chairs, you will want to remove the seat’s back and wheels by turning the knob on the bottom of the seat slightly to the left first, to loosen it up. Remove it and then proceed to remove the seat itself. Pull on the wheels, they should pop off easily.

Every item has its own disassembly procedure, similar to the two examples above. If, at any point in the process, you simply don’t know what to do, remember that you can always hire packing services from some of the local moving companies Florida offers. It may be well worth your while to pay professionals to do this job for you. 

a girl preparing a table for a move
A simple flathead screwdriver will be your best friend.

Pack furniture for moving the right way – wrap it!

The last part of the packing process is to maximize the protection of your furniture pieces. You want to cover your furniture with moving blankets, furniture pads, or even packing paper. While it is ideal to utilize heavy-duty moving blankets, any old blankets will do. When wrapping your items, start at one end and wrap around the entire circumference, while also covering the top and the bottom. Just think of it as if you are wrapping a present. You want to make sure that everything is covered. Do note that you may need multiple blankets/pads for some of the larger pieces.

Be mindful of your fragile belongings

Fragile items, such as mirrors, lamps, and bar stools, need special attention. They are much more prone to breakage and you need to secure them even further. Especially if you are about to face a long-distance Florida move. The best way to pack furniture for moving is to give each piece the attention it deserves, after all. For mirrors, you will want to use tape to create several “X” shapes on the mirror’s front and secure the edges with pieces of cardboard. As for lamps, you can simply wrap them in newspaper or packing paper. Just remember to remove the light bulb and lampshade first. Utilize bubble tape for bar stools, as they are quite difficult to take apart. And if you are lost on what to do at any point, you can always contact your friendly local movers! 


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My wife and I did a move from Boynton Beach to St Petersburg, and everything was handled with so much attention to detail and the utmost care. They guys even went out of their way to unpack everything once they unloaded the truck. Truly great service!

Daniel G.

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