How to Prepare Furniture for Moving

If you’ve got an upcoming move on the horizon from the Phoenix area to anywhere else in the United States and you’re wondering how to protect furniture when moving and how to wrap furniture for moving, you’ve come to the right place. We are a national moving company based in Phoenix, Arizona with 10 years of packing and moving experience. We’re writing this blog post to share with you our professional tips for how to pack furniture for moving, including how to pack chairs for moving as well as other common furniture pieces including tables, desks, beds, sofas, and more.

Read these furniture packing and wrapping tips, including how to pack chairs for moving and call us at (480) 676-4833 if you have any questions or need a furniture packing and/or moving quote.

What to Check Before Moving Furniture

Before you can begin wrapping furniture for moving, you need to first take inventory of all the furniture you have, and how soon you’ll be able to temporarily stop using it before moving day. 

Next, you need to measure your doorways and walkways, and the sizes of each piece of furniture to determine which items will need to be disassembled for your move. If you have a very large couch, for example, you may need to remove doors in order to fit the item through your doorway and load it up on your moving truck.

Finally, some pieces of furniture may have fragile pieces, such as dining room table legs, glass tabletops, and more. These items will need to be safely disassembled before you can begin wrapping furniture for moving.

Creating this list of furniture that requires disassembly will help you figure out how to pack furniture for moving by helping you determine which pieces need to and can be disassembled a week or so before moving day. 

For example, you’re likely going to want to get a good night’s rest in your own bed the night before moving furniture. This means your bed is going to most likely be disassembled the morning of moving day, however, other pieces can be disassembled sooner. These items include:

  • Tables like your dining room table, especially if you can eat off a card table or a coffee table for a few days before your move.
  • Chairs and barstools that you don’t use every single day (we’ll tell you how to pack chairs for moving later in this blog).
  • Desks that you may not need to use every day, especially if you don’t work from home daily.
  • Entertainment centers that can be packed up before moving day.
  • And more.

The best way how to pack furniture for moving is to make a complete list of what can be packed and when before we move on to learning how to wrap furniture for moving. Trust us, disassembling and wrapping furniture for moving before moving day makes the big day run so much faster and smoother.

What to Check Before Moving Furniture

Supplies Needed for Moving Furniture

If you’re wondering how to protect your furniture when moving, one of the best tips we have is to disassemble pieces that are large, heavy, or have fragile, breakable pieces.

After you’ve taken inventory of all the furniture you need to move, what needs to be disassembled, and what furniture pieces can be disassembled before moving day, you need to gather the appropriate moving supplies. For moving furniture, these include:

  • An electric screwdriver with both Philips and Flathead tips. Trust us, after disassembling a few pieces of furniture you’ll be happy to be using an electric screwdriver rather than one you twist by hand.
  • An Allen wrench, if required for any of your furniture pieces.
  • Resealable sandwich bags to hold furniture hardware.
  • Gallon-sized freezer bags.
  • A permanent marker.
  • Packing tape.
  • Kitchen-sized trash bags.
  • Moving-grade furniture blankets, which you can rent from our moving company.
  • A furniture dolly, if you will be moving your furniture without the assistance of a moving company.

How to Protect Furniture for Moving by Disassembling Large or Fragile Pieces

Before you can begin wrapping furniture for moving or learn how to pack chairs for moving as well as other common furniture items like tables, desks, and entertainment centers, you need to follow these furniture disassembly steps:

  1. Use your electric screwdriver to unscrew removable furniture pieces, such as table legs, chair legs, barstool backs, etc. Use an Allen wrench as needed, as well.
  2. Collect all hardware in a sandwich bag and seal it. Carefully label the sandwich bag with your permanent market by writing what item of furniture the bag of hardware belongs to, as well as the tools needed for reassembly. Next, use your packing tape to tape this bag of hardware to a piece of the furniture that isn’t painted or finished (such as underneath your dining room table). If a piece of furniture has multiple hardware bags, label them “1 of 5,” “2 of 5,” and so on. If a piece of furniture has multiple sandwich bags of hardware, collect them all in one larger, gallon-sized freezer bag and tape that plastic bag to the item so you don’t lose any bags of hardware during your move.
  3. If you’re wondering how to protect furniture while moving, the best way is to learn how to wrap furniture for moving. In the moving industry, we do this by using professional-grade furniture blankets to wrap all furniture pieces, and then tape the furniture blankets shut with packing tape. Never tape the furniture itself on areas where it’s painted or finished.
  4. Another tip for how to protect the furniture for moving is to take off couch cushions and throw pillows, stuff them in kitchen-sized trash bags so they don’t get dirty, and tie the trash bags shut. These bags not only protect your cushions and pillows from dirt but also add an extra layer of cushioning that you can put in between more fragile pieces of furniture as you load them up on your moving truck.

How to Pack Chairs for Moving

To learn how to pack chairs for moving, follow these steps:

  • Disassemble all chair legs.
  • Disassemble all chair backs.
  • Follow the hardware sandwich bag collection, labeling, and taping instructions above so you know which pieces of hardware belong to which chairs.

Tips for Moving Furniture into a Moving Truck

When you are loading a moving truck, the heaviest items should go in first. This means the first items you’ll likely load up will be appliances and your heaviest pieces of furniture, such as solid wood items.

The best way how to protect furniture when moving without professional assistance (as well as keep yourself safe from moving-related injuries) is to use the buddy system for lifting furniture, and use a furniture dolly. You should have at least two to three people lift and carry your heaviest items. Anytime possible, furniture should be placed on a moving dolly, securely fastened, and rolled out of your space and onto your moving truck.

Tips for Moving Furniture into a Moving Truck

How to Protect Furniture for Moving by Hiring Us to Do The Job

As moving professionals, we believe the best way how to pack furniture for moving and how to wrap furniture for moving is to hire us for the job. As a national moving company, we help Phoenix area residents by both packing furniture, housewares, clothing, and other belongings; loading them up on a moving truck so you don’t have to lift a finger, and transporting your belongings anywhere in the United States from point A to point B.

If you need a packing or moving quote, we’re here to help. Simply call us today for a quote based on your apartment or house size and the number of valuables you have at (480) 676-4833.