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How Do I Prevent Furniture Damage While Moving?

October 29, 2019 | Moving Guides & Tips, Moving Specialty Items

Not all furniture is equal, especially when you’re moving. Some furniture is light, easy to transport, and easier to handle. Some furniture… isn’t. When it comes to your especially fragile, cumbersome, or easily-marked furniture, the process becomes more complicated. How do you move these things without damaging them? How do you get your heaviest items from point A to point B without hurting anyone or anything? How do you keep yourself from going crazy in the middle of all of this? 

We’ll help you answer all of those questions and more by giving you the tips and tricks you need to protect fragile furniture during a big move. Follow each of these tips during your move to how to protect your furniture, your family, and yourself: 

Make sure you have all the supplies you need before you begin.

Protecting your furniture during a move starts and ends with having the right materials. You’ll want the following things: moving blankets, furniture covers, furniture pads, and a toolset. The toolset will be on hand in case you need to disassemble something. The other items all serve the purpose of making protection and moving easier.

Disassemble everything you can.

It’s easier to protect things when they’re not bulky. By disassembling everything you can, you can turn bulky items into manageable pieces. Remove legs from couches and chairs, drawers from dressers, legs from tables, and shelves from storage furniture. Separating and wrapping pieces of furniture individually make them easier to pack and transport. 

Make sure you consult an owner’s manual when disassembling anything if at all possible. You really want to be able to piece things back together after you move. Speaking of which, you should also use Ziploc bags to hold screws and hardware so they don’t get lost. Label these bags so you know which piece of furniture each piece is associated with. 

Wrap things up correctly.

Your moving blankets and bubble wrap will come in handy here. Use bubble wrap for wooden pieces and cover upholstered items with moving blankets or plastic covers. Remember: when it comes to wrapping up furniture, there’s no such thing as too much protection. 

Don’t be stingy with the bubble wrap and don’t be stingy with the tape that holds it in place. Cover all surfaces you’re afraid of damaging and secure them so that nothing slips while it’s being moved.

Get the help of a moving company.

The best way to make sure you won’t damage your furniture is to get enlist the help of a moving company. Professionals know all the secret industry tips and tricks to use to guarantee the safety of your things. 

Even more importantly, most moving companies also include protection policies. That means that, in a worst-case scenario where your things are damaged, you’ll be covered to repair your items or find a replacement.

Know where things are going.

You’ll have to keep thinking about to protect your furniture even after you place it in the moving truck. Plan where you’re placing each of your items inside the truck. Make sure you don’t inadvertently put anything fragile at risk based on where you load them. Don’t stack heavy or sharp items on top of delicate items, for instance. Use blankets as padding in between stacked items in the truck. The more you can plan where everything goes and how you’ll protect it, the better.


Making sure your furniture stays safe is an essential consideration for any successful move. If you’re in need of help during any part of this process, get in touch with the team at Wheaton. We have years of experience packing and moving even the most fragile of furniture successfully. We’re happy to use that expertise to help you.

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