Moving small items like boxes and clothing is easy compared with the arduous task of moving fragile furniture and pianos. If you don’t protect these items properly, they can be damaged, not to mention, your walls and floors can suffer scratches and dents. In these cases, you’re best off hiring professional movers who have a lot of experience with these types of items. They know how to disassemble, pack and wrap furniture and large instruments so they survive a move of any size or distance.
What Exactly is Fragile Furniture?Fragile furniture is defined by many things, most notably the material it is made of. Tables, bed frames and bookshelves are typically constructed with laminated particleboard that resembles real wood without the high cost or heavy weight. If you have cheaply made furniture, you may consider leaving it behind or selling it rather than bothering to take it with you. Concentrate on the heavy, authentic pieces. Fragility can also be defined by age. This category includes antiques, glass inserts, mirrors, and other decorative elements. Another aspect that defines fragility is the special care that comes with the item, such as pianos or china cabinets. And lastly, if something holds high sentimental value to you, it’s considered fragile as well.
How to Pack Fragile FurnitureYour beloved furniture will have to go through a lot with this move. It has to be disassembled, packed up, transported through precarious hallways and around corners, loaded into the truck, withstand all the vibrations while driving, then finally get unloaded, unpacked and assembled again. In order to prevent breaks, scratches, and dents, you need to take great care in prepping your fragile pieces. You’ll need the proper supplies first. Here are some tips.
- Use bubble wrap, packing paper or padding to encase edges and corners, then wrap the whole piece with moving blankets.
- Take out all contents, remove drawers and then number those drawers so you know exactly which position they were in.
- Take off all knobs, feet, hardware and ornamentation. Take photos so you know where they go when re-assembling.
- Place all small detached elements in a bag, then tape that bag to the furniture in question.
- Wrap any elements that protrude with extra padding, then wrap in a moving blanket.
- Place stretch wrap around furniture with delicate handles or doors.
- Make sure masking tape is not applied directly to the furniture surface, as this could lead to damage to the finish.
- Take off all glass or mirrors from tables and vanities.
- Tape an X across the glass or mirror, then wrap in packing paper followed by bubble wrap. Then put the items in a heavy-duty cardboard box, such as those designed for flat screen TVs.
- Place screws in a labeled baggie.
- Label all wrapped glass with a FRAGILE sign or sticker.
SuppliesYou will need to make sure you have the following supplies on hand before moving your furniture:
- Bubble wrap
- Corrugated cardboard sheets
- Sofa covers
- Mattress covers
- Plastic stretch wrap
- Sealable plastic bags