How to Pack Large Furniture Items (Beds, Mattresses, Couch)?
Large, bulky items are the worst nightmare for any mover. The fact that they cannot fit in boxes makes them even more difficult to handle. That’s why many people prefer to have a professional moving company handle the packing, loading and offloading of these items.
However, if for one reason or the other you find that you have to do it yourself; here are some tips that will help you as you make that move.
Measure doorways and hallways
To avoid getting stuck in the middle of moving, it’s a good idea to first confirm that your furniture will fit in the doorways. To do this, you will need to take measurements of all doors and hallways where the furniture will need to pass.
While you are at it, it’s also a good idea to take measurements of the large items to confirm that indeed they will fit. This will make sure that you only take apart the furniture that needs to be taken apart, thus reducing the amount of work that you will need to do.
Get the right tools and equipment
Taking larger items, like beds, apart will take up a big part of the packing process. It is therefore important to make sure that you have the right tools for the job. Inspect all the disassembly points and confirm that you have the right tool for every point.
You will also need blankets and other padding materials for protecting your tabletops and other fragile and valuable surfaces.
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Stay organized when disassembling
Losing fasteners or other small parts of your furniture is a very common when packing furniture. It is therefore important to stay organized throughout the disassembly process. Have plastic bags for fasteners and label each part accordingly. Use the assembly manuals and keep them safe for when you will need to reassemble the furniture in your new home. You could also take photos of your furniture before disassembly to give you an idea of where everything goes.
Dismantle furniture in advance
You may not be in a position to dismantle your bed until moving day, but you can start taking apart your office desk a day or two before in order to save time on moving day.
Have a plan for placing the items in the moving truck
Although your movers will generally know how to place the items in the truck, it’s good for you to have a plan because you will be the one who knows exactly what is in each box. Start with the heavier items first to give the truck stability while also ensuring that you don’t crush any of your belongings. Keep your mattresses clean by wrapping them using plastic paper or place a blanket on the floor before loading them.
Moving large items doesn’t have to be stressful. If you take time to pack, load and secure them properly, your move will be easier, your furniture will get to your new home in good shape and your moving company will have an easy time getting everything moved into your new home.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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