About Moving to Bed
When it is time to begin packing your household items for the move. Here are some simple tips for most of the things in your home:
•Furniture: Furniture is by far some of the most confusing stuff to pack during a move. While the specific rules will vary depending on the type of furniture you’re dealing with, you want to be sure that all vulnerable pieces of the furniture (Such as exposed wooden tops or beautiful fabric seats or details) are covered securely to avoid ripping, scratching or damage. Once you’ve done that, it’s simply a matter of finding a place within the shipping container to pack the furniture so it’s secure and cannot move around.
•Sofa: To pack your sofa well, you’ll want to remove all of the couch’s cushions and stack them separately. If you’re worried about them getting dirty or stained, cover them in plastic or wrap them in trash bags to keep them safe. Once the sofa is free of its cushions, it should get packed in the back of the shipping container, right side up, on the ground.
•Table: Tables can be difficult to move because of their large potential for damage. To keep your table safe, cover the top to avoid scratches and be sure to wrap the legs to prevent them from getting dinged or damaged during transit. Bonus points if your table comes apart. That way, you can tuck it securely against the side of the shipping container and prevent it from being damaged in transit.
•Carpets: Carpets are some of the easiest household items to move. For best results, just vacuum your carpets first, and then roll them up into long tubes. Secure them with tape, and tuck them into the shipping container where they won’t be bent or crumpled.
•Beds: When moving beds, it’s critical to protect not only the surface of the mattress but the bedframe as well. To do this, remove the mattress and box spring from the bedframe and wrap them both in a “bed bag” (available at most local moving stores). Once you’ve done this, disassemble the bed frame and wrap it securely in a large sheet or a series of moving blankets to prevent it from being scratched in transit.
•Desk: Since desks don’t typically disassemble very easily, they can be confusing to move. TO keep yours in good shape, cover the top with a moving blanket and secure it with tape. Empty the drawers and wrap the legs in bubble wrap to prevent them from being damaged in transit.
•Dresser: Dressers are a common yet tough moving challenge. To move your dresser, remove the drawers (yet keep them full) and place the dresser into the shipping container. Once you’ve done this, put the drawers back in the dresser and secure them with painter’s tape to keep them from sliding open and spilling during transit.
•Bench: To move an entry bench, cover the upholstered or wooden top with a shipping blanket to prevent it from becoming damaged or stained. Once you’ve done that, wrap the bench with a sheet or a shipping blanket to protect it from damage and place it in a secure location in the shipping container.
•Mirror: Mirrors are a high-risk moving item, as they can shatter very easily. To protect your mirror, wrap it in a moving blanket and bubble wrap, and then slip it into a mirror-specific moving box. Pack it vertically in the moving container, against a wall or other solid object, where it will not have much room to move around.
•Wardrobe: If you’ve got a large, heirloom wardrobe to move, protecting it is of the utmost importance. Wrap any part of the wardrobe that will come into contact with the shipping container or other furniture in a moving blanket. Once you’ve done this, secure the wardrobe in the shipping container.
•Television: If you’ve got the box your television came in, consider placing it back into the box for moving purposes. If you don’t, head to your nearest moving store and pick one up. In addition to being inexpensive, these boxes can go a long way toward protecting your television from damage during the moving process. Once you’ve found a box, secure your television with bubble wrap and tape the box closed.
•Chairs: Chairs should get stacked atop a table (with a moving blanket in-between to protect surfaces).
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