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How to protect your furniture when moving

by emily

in Lifestyle

Moving house is stressful. Whether it’s to your first apartment or a freshly renovated home, gathering your items and sorting everything into boxes can be an absolute headache. If you’re someone who is organised and likes everything to be in its place, then best you plan ahead to protect your valuables.

Everyone has different moving ways and techniques that work for them. But whether you’re hiring a professional or planning to move your items yourself, make sure that everything is protected during the process. While clothing, documents and smaller boxed items are less likely to get damaged, it’s the bigger more expensive items that you want to arrive damage-free and cared for. With the right advice and tricks, you’ll be able to wrap, protect and move your items without worrying about the outcome.

Here are a few packing and moving tips to consider when it comes to your furniture:

Start buying the necessary packing supplies

The common misconception when moving is that you simply need to purchase a variety of different cardboard boxes to store your items in during the duration of your move. Sure, cardboard boxes do work well for clothing and soft items, but when it comes to bigger and more valuable items, they do not offer enough support. Storage resource such as bubble wrap works better, so do your research at your local hardware store or shopping mall to get the best possible price on the most important supplies:

  • Mattress and couch protector
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cardboard sheets
  • Plastic stretch wrap
  • Sealable plastic bags  

Start preparing your furniture for the move

Before you start to pack any furniture or antiques, dust them off as any debris or dirt that is already present could lead to scratching during the moving process. As time-consuming as it may feel, it also creates less work for you when you arrive at your new house. You won’t be sitting for hours, cleaning and dusting off any items. It will also decrease the number of germs and dirt you bring into your new home.

Dismantle your furniture beforehand

If you have any DIY furniture in your house, it is advised that you dismantle them in advance. It may seem unnecessary, but the last thing you want is having to come home to a damaged piece of furniture knowing that you could have taken it apart and avoided this if you simply just took the time to do so.

During your dismantling session, consider the following tips:

  • Make sure that you follow a YouTube video or preferably the item’s manual to ensure that you take each piece down according to the correct procedure.
  • Keep all the loose items, such as screws and bolts, safe in a tightly closed container or packet. If need be, make a note of what goes where to remember when you set it up again.
  • If you’re making use of an electric drill to remove the screws, then do it softly. You don’t want to risk stripping the screws. Also, make sure you use the correct size drill bit for the job.

Learn how to wrap your furniture correctly

If you’re making use of a professional moving service, make sure you wrap your items before they arrive. Even if they do decide to wrap or box your items again, it simply means that you’ve gone the extra mile to secure your items and make sure the move is safe. When it comes to wrapping your items, bubble wrap and plastic sheeting are the two best tools for the job. For wood pieces, glass or table tops, make use of bubble wrap and for furniture such as couches, make use of plastic wrap.

Keep your couch protector on throughout the entire process, as well as wrap any loose items in old blankets. If you don’t have on of these, make sure you invest in a couch protector cover before you start your move. They’re extremely important when trying to look after those expensive couches of yours, and they can be bought at various home and living stores which stock couch protectors in South Africa.

If you feel the need to start stacking the items you’ve already wrapped, use cardboard sheets between the items to reduce the pressure from the direct weight. Any extra supplies will give your furniture and most-valued possessions the extra protection they need to prevent any scratches.

Have a placement plan

Packing a vehicle requires a plan. You cannot simply just start loading the delivery van or your own bakkie without knowing where to put what, and how each item is going to fit securely.

Here are a few tips to follow when packing your items:

  • Load the heavier items first. For example, any items such as sofas, couches, appliances, tables and more. Again, during the moving process, make use of cardboard sheets and blankets to separate the items or to ensure that they don’t bang up against each other.
  • Whenever there are dresser tops or flat surfaces, use them to stack light boxes. You do not want to put heavy items onto wooden structures, just in case it spoils them.
  • If you’re moving items on the back of an open van or trailer, make sure you use ropes to secure the items so that they don’t fall off of the vehicle or move around during the move.


Everyone always feels that moving is a quick, stress-free experience. Until you’ve done it. However, it doesn’t need to be an overwhelming experience if you just plan accordingly. Take some of the worries out of the situation and do your research before you start packing. The above tips can help you to ensure that your furniture arrives at your new home in the exact same shape it was when it left your house.

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