How to pack furniture for moving efficiently

How to pack furniture for moving efficiently

When making a move the packaging becomes one of the heaviest, slowest and most challenging tasks. Therefore, when we are tired of filling more and more boxes, we end up not paying attention to properly preparing something as important as furniture, which often end up with full of chipped and even broken up pieces of furniture during down the stairs and in the truck when it without the proper packaging. In this post we explain how to pack furniture correctly to avoid breaking, scratching, or suffer from any damage during the transportation.

To get started

  1. Empty your furniture. It is important to remove the objects from your furniture so that the furniture or large objects are a little lighter and safe to lift it and transport. It is not worth that “this does not weigh, I leave it inside”. You always have to pack the objects inside the furniture separately according to their type and pack them properly.
  2. Clean up. It is advisable to thoroughly clean empty furniture before packing them – remove dust, dirt, mildew or bacteria that may have accumulated over time.
  3. Dismantle the furniture. Remove the removable parts of your furniture to facilitate their removal and avoid possible damages. It is important to follow the appropriate instructions for each specific piece of furniture: consult the manual or look for information on the Internet. Save the screws and other small pieces of furniture (a trick is to put them in transparent bags and paste them with zeal to the furniture itself so that we know which one they belong to, or if there are many of them or they are heavy, store them in larger bags with a label that puts what furniture correspond). Securely pack the largest disassembled parts in the boxes and do not forget to mark them with the name to know where the pieces are.

Packaging materials

Having prepared the packing materials in advance, and having enough quantity, will help you not to despair during the process. Do not skimp, as they are essential to prevent any furniture that you had a special affection from deteriorating. Here we leave you a survival kit with the essential materials to pack your furniture:

  • Bubble paper and plastic film
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Packing tape with dispenser
  • Covers sofa and mattress cover
  • Protective blankets
  • Corner protectors
  • Foam filling for boxes with fragile objects
  • Other accessories of great utility

Handy tools

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrench
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Cutter

How we pack each piece of furniture by types

Furniture such as cabinets, tables, dressers or bookcases can be wrapped with blankets or fabrics to avoid scratching (there is also cardboard and special plastic for packaging, and corner protectors). Close the drawers with adhesive tape to prevent them from sliding, damaging the drawers or other pieces of furniture.

If you have any removable furniture, the best thing you can do is to disassemble it and store all the nuts, screws and small parts in one place. It is important that you keep the container with the pieces near the corresponding piece of furniture so that you can locate them later with ease. If possible, remove the legs of large furniture, such as tables or beds.

The wardrobes are almost certainly you will need to disassemble, so it is highly recommended to remember how we have disassembled to reassemble. To keep the clothes inside, the “wardrobe boxes” that we have mentioned above are very useful.

In the case of sofas, chairs and armchairs wrap them with plastic film to prevent them from getting dirty. This way you will have maximum protection against rips, stains and moisture. If they have legs, wheels or cushions, remove them and store them in separate plastic bags to avoid damage. Remove the cushions and pillows and place them in clear plastic bags.

If you have to transport clothes you usually use suitcases and also plastic covers that have an opening to transpire the air inside and thus reduce the volume of the packages to be transported. If you have to transport dresses or suits a very useful resource are the zipper bags specific for that type of garments.

Plastic covers are quite useful to protect bedding, pillows or mattresses. They do not provide protection against bumps but they do protect against chafing or wear. Being textile elements the plastic cover also protects from possible breakage by hooks with other objects

For the transport of furniture and large objects, such as appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, dryers …) is usually resort to some type of pad to protect the corners, in addition to packing them with cardboard or plastic to protect the rest of

Do not forget the basics in any move

Take inventory

It is a good idea to make a detailed list of all the furniture you have, what kind of furniture they are (cupboards, dressers, dressers, desks, beds, sofas, armchairs, bookshelves, tables, chairs, shoemakers, etc.), which ones you want to move to your new home and its condition (new, very new, worn, very worn …). This inventory of furniture will help you keep track of your belongings, determine what packaging materials you need for each type of furniture and even get rid of a piece of furniture. It will also serve to ask the removal company to account for any mishap if you decide to delegate the task of packaging and transport in professionals.

Beware of the weight

A classic error of the moves is to fill the boxes too much so that they end up being more difficult to transport and running the danger of breaking, without counting that we can hurt ourselves by taking so much weight. It is preferable to use more boxes and smaller than fewer boxes and larger ones.

In small boxes we can put in its personal objects, documents or ornaments. Larger boxes can carry books, clothes or appliances. Always try that the weight is not excessive.

Number the boxes

Since we do not want to lose any boxes during the transfer, it is important to assign a number to each one. This way we will know what is in each box, and we can group them by rooms. This will save valuable time when unpacking boxes.

Visualize your new home

Make a mental plane of your new home to know if all the furniture will fit. If there is furniture that does not fit through the door, it does not adapt to the design of your new home or it will tire you out soon, it is not worth moving it to your new home. It will be a hassle for you and, in the case of hiring a moving company, will increase the price of the transfer in vain.

Fragile objects

For more delicate objects such as glass furniture, tableware, mirrors, decorative pieces, pictures, framed photographs is used to pack the bubble wrap, and if possible, foam padding to put inside the box and thus cushion the movement between one piece and another. In any case, you should try not to include many fragile objects together to prevent contact with others can break them.

Make sure that boxes of fragile items are made of firm, sturdy cardboard and that they are securely closed. It is preferable to exceed a little with the adhesive tape not to fall short: if a box is dismantled or is loosened during the transfer, we will end up with something broken for sure.


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