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New house? Here's how to correctly protect your furniture while moving home


Posted on 08/07/2019 - Last Updated by TOM - 10/09/2019

New house? Here's how to correctly protect your furniture while moving home

When moving home, there's enough worry already, finding a new place, finances, the list goes on! But here is one important thing you can do to save yourself a potential headache in the future.

Before you start

Make sure you have all the tools you need to dissemble the furniture, bubble wrap, furniture covers and a mattress bag if possible.

You may also need a second pair of hands to help you with larger furniture.

Homeserve top tip!

Most removal companies charge by the hour. Reduce the amount of hours the movers are on the clock and wrap as many pieces of small furniture yourself as you can!

Sort your bed first

Your bed is most people's biggest and most troublesome item to move. We recommend tackling this first. (You may need the help of a second person)

If you can get your hands on a mattress bag, this would be ideal to protect the mattress from the elements and debris. 

Moving onto the bed, start deconstructing the bed itself, using Ziploc bags to store small parts so they don't go missing. Depending on the access in and out of both properties, it may make sense to put the bed frame in the same bag as the mattress bag.

Chairs, tables and anything with legs

Take extra care when wrapping chairs / tables / desks anything with legs. These legs sticking out are one of the most common things that can break / snap off.

This also goes for any furniture with protruding parts, wrap or remove them if possible. 

Sofas / Couches / Large Chairs

Make sure when you are protecting sofas you use an appropriate cover to protect against damage such as cuts and scuffing. Once the cover is on make sure to wrap the sofa with safety wrap and tape it down to the underside of the sofa where the fabric meets the seems. The cover only needs to cover the sides of the sofa.

Drawers / Cupboards

Dressers / drawers and cupboards should all be empty before you wrap them. Make sure to cover it with a moving blanket and THEN cover it in a plastic wrap. As most of this furniture is wooden, it will protect it against damage and scuffs while it is being moved.

What you should leave to the movers

The moving team should take care of the following as they require special attention.

Hopefully this information will allow you to get a cheaper and more successful move without risking damaging your furniture!

If you require a flatpack assembly service while you move home, click here!


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