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How To Pack Furniture For Moving

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One of the hardest thing to wrap your head around before the move is the fact that all of your furniture will be traveling with you. All the closets, desks, tables, chares, mirrors and such, things made not to be moved around often, will have to somehow go miles and miles without getting damaged. Luckily, your Virginia movers, professionals as they are, know how to carefully take them out of their place and move to the truck, but you are left with the task to pack furniture for moving beforehand. How will you achieve this? We have some tips to help you out.

First Things First – Before You Pack Furniture For Moving

Before getting on with packing your furniture for the move, you should get yourself some pen and paper. Preparation is everything when you want to pack furniture for moving. Because of their size and value, it can’t hurt to be too careful. That being said, what are you supposed to do?

Your best option is to get a checklist and go around the house writing down furniture. Categorize it before you pack it. Is it broken? Is it particularly heavy? How about fragile, or valuable? All of these should be in your consideration and written down for your convenience. After all, it is all too easy to forget specific details.

Moving, especially long distance (DC to Sterling, for example) would require furniture movers Sterling VA to drive your valuable items for a long time. While movers are professionals and will do all in their power to take care of your possessions, items themselves have to be well packed to survive the journey unscathed. And, should they be damaged, it knows for sure that the damage occurred during transportation, not in your home (video evidence is the best option in this regard).

That is also an excellent chance to consider if all the furniture is needed at your new home. Some could be given away or stored for short or long-term.

Supplies And Packing

You will need some supplies to pack furniture for moving. We are not talking about anything fancy here. Boxes (big ones), tapes, cushioning paper, and other isolating materials. Oh, and labels, as good old pen and paper will come up here as well.

General Advice When Trying To Pack Furniture For Moving

So, what should you always keep in mind? Disassembly is the magic word here. Furniture is generally bulky and hard to move. Not to mention furniture is hard to move because of their fragility. It is really easy to damage them in transportation. Simply put, sofas aren’t meant to bend and when trying to pack furniture for moving it is far easier to do it in separate parts. So, it is not as easy as simply moving boxes Sterling VA.

So, first things first, disassemble. If you by any chance have original packaging and instructions, use them. They are accommodating for both proper disassembly, and also help you put them back the way they should be. Using this method, you will avoid getting frustrated when the moving ends and you can’t, for the life of you, figure out how exactly did you successfully built that table the first time.

Original packaging is excellent as those boxes are literary custom made for transportation of said thing. You can generally feel safe knowing that there won’t be too much free space for it to bang around and damage itself. Always use cushioning materials on the inside and never pack more than one furniture piece inside one box!

And now, some more specific instructions…

Pictures And Mirrors

Tape it up horizontally, so you prevent any damage to the glass. Be sure to wrap it up in plastic or cushioning paper to protect it from any and all unhappy occurrences that may manifest during the road. In addition to these, always remember that the best way for your things to arrive safely is for movers to know to keep out an extra eye on them. That is why you should have an appropriate box with a label “fragile.”


For the prices use plastic and other wraps, to protect it from moisture and dirt. Be careful not to go overboard with the thickness, as it can lead to an opposite effect of moisture not being able to escape and building up in the pieces of the furniture.

As for the frame, use cardboard cutouts for corners (both for its, and protection of other items around). With all of these, you should be set.


Tables have to be particularly disassembled. That means that before you pack furniture for moving you have to unscrew the legs. All the parts are best kept in the bag taped to the wooden body of the table. It should, for its part, be wrapped in a bubble wrap or cushioning paper and so should the legs (and they should also be tied up together).


For the beds, the wooden or metal frame should be disassembled if possible and wrapped up in protective material.

The mattress, however, should be thoroughly cleaned and dry. Only then should you put it in a plastic bag (vacuumed, possibly) and it is ready to go.

Off You Go!

You should now be all packed up and ready to go. Sitting in an apartment full with wrapped up, the disassembled home might look weird (or similar to the picture above from earlier). But keep in mind how wonderful will all of your furniture look in your new house. It will give it the breath of home while not taking from the feel of new.

We hope that you went through all the steps with no problems and wish you the best of luck on your move. Bon voyage!

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