Moving can be stressful — that much we know — but it doesn’t have to be as stressful as most moves usually turn out to be. Here are some tips on how to protect your wood furniture during a move, and how to make packing up your old home and unpacking into your new home much easier.
When you’re moving furniture, the pieces come in all different shapes, sizes and weights. Some pieces have doors that fly open, some have detachable parts, and some have drawers that can pop open. There are several tricks that we have used to be able to work around these inconvenient aspects to moving (are there any convenient aspects to moving?) that take a lot of stress out of the process.
If you’ve researched this topic enough, you will find that a lot of folks will suggest using shrink wrap as a means to keep doors, drawers and cabinets stationary during a move. This is not an ideal method when you are moving wood furniture. The thing about wood furniture is that it is an organic material that needs to breathe. That means no shrink wrap, and certainly no bubblewrap directly on the wood, either. The best way to wrap furniture is with specialized fabric blankets that were specifically designed for moving furniture. If you insist on using bubblewrap, make sure that the specialized fabric blankets are what comes in direct contact with the wood furniture, with the bubblewrap serving almost as an insurance policy on the outside.
If you have any furniture with handles sticking out, in which the screw is exposed on the other side of the wood, unscrew the handle or knob and then screw it back on the opposite side. This will create a smooth surface that is easier for fitting the furniture into your method of transport, and also preventing any damage on the knobs or handles during the move. A little trick we like to use when flipping the handles or knobs around is taking a piece of tape and sticking it to the inside of the drawer. This will serve as a temporary method to opening the drawers until the furniture is moved into its new home. However, be very careful when using the tape on your wood furniture. Do not let the tape come in contact with the wood on the visible part of the furniture.
And while the primary focus of the information above has been about covering wooden pieces with parts that can fly open during a move, it should be noted that you should cover every single wooden piece that you are moving, regardless of if it has any parts that could open, in order to prevent scratching. Always remember to tie down your larger pieces of wooden furniture that are susceptible to falling over, and do your best to prevent stacking anything on top of your wooden furniture during the move.
If your wood furniture has removable legs, take them off if you can. It makes for a much safer moving experience when it comes to protecting your wood furniture if you can remove the legs, and then secure some padding on the top and bottom corners of the piece.