There are many things going around during a house move, so you wouldn’t want to add scratched wood and ripped upholstery to your list of worries.

If you want your priceless furniture to survive a house move in one piece, thorough preparation and hiring a reliable local furniture removalist are essential.

Learn what steps you need to take to prepare your furniture for every stage of your relocation.

Step 1. Decide on which furniture to take apart

Make a list of the furniture pieces that you need to dismantle. If you have large or bulky pieces of furniture, you may have to disassemble them as they will not fit through narrow staircases and doorways. You may also have to take apart valuable or fragile items so that it would be easier to move them.

Furniture items you need to disassemble may include:

  • Tables
  • Desks
  • Beds
  • Wall cabinets or armoires

Step 2. Buy packing supplies

Don't place furniture inside the moving truck without any protection of some sort. After you’ve decided on which furniture pieces to take apart, consider what packing materials you will need for each.

Potential packing supplies may include any of the following items:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Sofa and mattress covers or blankets
  • Plastic wrap
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Packing or sealing tape
  • Corrugated cardboard sheets
  • Moving blankets
  • Floor protection tape

Step 3. Clean furniture

Before you start packing, you need to take time to dust and steam clean your furniture.

The presence of dust and debris on your furniture can scratch surfaces during the relocation. Also, cleaning the furniture prior to your move also means there won’t be any dirt brought to your new home.

Step 4. Start disassembling

As early as possible, disassemble your furniture pieces completely. Remove the legs from couches and tables, and take bed frames apart. Any piece of furniture that you can safely disassemble, do it. This will make moving the furniture much easier and help avoid damages caused by brushing against door frames or walls.

Keep the following things in mind when taking apart your furniture:

  • If available, read and follow the owner’s manual when dismantling furniture.
  • Make use of sealable plastic bags to store screws and other small hardware components for every piece of furniture.
  • If your furniture has several parts, take note where each of them goes by using masking tape and a marker.
  • It’s also a wise idea to take photos of the disassembling process so that you’ll have a reminder of how the furniture should look once back together.
  • When disassembling, lower the torque setting of your drill, and use the right size of drill bit.

Step 5. Wrap furniture

To protect your furniture, wrap it with bubble wrap or blankets. You may use old blankets or rent them from a moving company. Make sure to start at one end then wrap around the total circumference of the furniture piece.

A good reference for wrapping furniture is to pretend that you’re wrapping a present, and ensure that you cover everything.

  • Bubble wrap – protects delicate wood furniture, mirrors, and glass table tops
  • Plastic wrap – protects upholstered items
  • Corrugated cardboard sheets – serve as a separator and protection in between furniture pieces

Step 6. Create a placement plan

How you put your furniture items inside the moving truck is also important. Have a placement plan by creating a wall of boxes around the backend of the truck. To add stability, pick the heaviest boxes that don’t contain fragile items.

Other placement methods you may want to consider:

  • Distribute weight evenly – If you load all the heavy items on one side of the moving truck, it could be difficult for the driver to steer the truck. Spread the weight of your items evenly inside the truck by placing the heaviest items against the walls to keep the middle free for easy access.
  • Load couches vertically – To avoid couches from taking up a lot of floor space, load them on their ends vertically.
  • Secure furniture with straps – There are furniture removals companies that offer straps to secure belongings inside the truck. Ask about them before you hire a removalist.

Moving furniture doesn’t have to be stressful. By carefully preparing your items for the move, you can ensure that they arrive at your new place in good condition.

AUTHOR BIO

Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.