Moving Day! The inevitable day has arrived but you never thought that packing was tough! If you thought that packing was difficult in your do-it-yourself attitude, you haven’t begun to see the hardest part: packing furniture!
Don’t be overwhelmed with packing the van just yet. What is more pressing is minimizing damage to your furniture even as you maximize the space in the van.
Modular and Flat Pack Furniture
We've all bought something from a DIY store at one time or another. Who doesn't love the convenience of modular furniture that’s easy to bring home from the store and easy to pack when moving? Tip No.1: Never throw away those packing boxes and handy tools that came with it. This should probably be the first thing to pack when prioritizing those pieces of furniture. By using the right tools, disassembling will be a breeze. Tip No. 2: Place the screws, bolts and nuts on the furniture by taping them with heavy duty packing tape. Best places are under the piece of furniture. The modern and eco-friendly Flat-Pack furniture should be handled the same way.
Using Cardboard and Plastic Sheets
To preserve those precious legs of your sofa or tables, you have to wrap them in cardboard and tape them tightly. This ensures that no bumps or cuts can come close to those hand-carved legs and arm rests. After securing the “appendages”, you will need wrap them in plastic sheets to secure them furniture from bug, mildew, dirt or even rain.
Your New Best Friend in Moving: Cushions
Cushions can be the best thing to secure your furniture when you move. Air cushions or bubble wrap is a sure-fire solution by having these great properties:
- It is lightweight – you hardly feel any weight added to your furniture
- Dirt and dust-free – you will not see a speck
- It is void-filling – perfect way to fill those little empty spaces which could create movement among your items.
Cushions not only help protect your items when moving around, they also help avoid damage within your boxes.
Packing the Rest of Your Stuff
Ideally, the best practice is to use boxes of similar or near-similar sizes so that packing them into the van will not be, well, in a word awkward. Not only are similar-sized boxes ideal, so are similar strength boxes. After packing the big pieces of furniture, the rest is easy! With your empty boxes in one hand and your packing tape on the other, you are ready to squeeze in the rest of the "small stuff.” As a rule, all heavier items should be at the bottom of the box while lighter, easy to find items should be placed on top. Don’t forget air cushions if you don’t want items to have a lot of movement inside. Mark your items with a handy-dandy Sharpie marker so you will know what’s in those boxes.
Most movers will tell you to place the heavy items at the front of the van which is the most practical thing to do. This practice helps the truck from dragging if the back is too heavy. So move in the heavy furniture first. For longer pieces of furniture like sofas, head boards and box spring mattresses, put these against the longer wall of your van to save space. The mattress will provide extra cushion. Neat trick!
So, you think moving is a cinch? If doing it yourself will be quite a bit too much, then the best solution is to find companies who can give you cheap furniture removals in Sydney or anywhere in the country. Find comfort and you will never fear the inevitable moving day!