How to Handle Furniture When Moving to a New Home

Whenever you’re preparing to move to a new home, transporting your belongings is your biggest concern. Due to its size and value, your furniture must be at the very top of your list of priorities in your preparations. Ideally, you want your furniture transported with the least amount of physical effort and delivered in an unchanged condition. There are steps you can take to ensure that your furniture is properly handled and safely relocated, and we will examine them over the following lines.

Measure everything

Considering the size of the doors and hallways is something that is often overlooked and only acknowledged once a problem occurs. People tend to forget that the way their furniture looks today is not exactly how it entered the home, and if that sofa is too big to pass through the door in one piece, dismantling it will cause an unwanted delay in a situation where time is of the essence. The problem can be fully avoided by taking a few minutes to measure all the important passageways and the furniture to see if any pieces need to be dismantled beforehand.


Due to its size, furniture is most often the most difficult to handle in a relocation. Anything that can be reduced in size and weight needs to be disassembled into smaller segments that allow for easier packing and transport. Remove drawers from closets and tables, unscrew furniture legs, separate the doors and remove individual shelves if possible, remove cushions from the beds, and separate any movable parts from the bed frame, etc. In short, if it is screwed, unscrew it. Of course, pay special attention to all the small parts, save them in sealable plastic bags, and either keep them with the dismantled items or clearly mark them to avoid any confusion and misplaced parts once you reassemble.

Store up on packing supplies

People commonly don’t pay great attention to their packing equipment, usually settling for the tried and tested combination of cardboard boxes and tape. On the other hand, your furniture is generally some of your most valuable ownership, and taking a few extra steps to ensure that it’s protected is never a bad idea. Most of these extra steps are common sense if you consider the areas that are most at risk of moving damage, but generally include items such as bubble wrap, corrugated fiberboard, mattress covers, cellophane wrap, resealable bags and so on. You can easily find items at local general supply stores, hardware stores or online, and this small expense will go a long way in ensuring that your valuables remain intact.

Get professional help

Relying on yourself, your family members, or your friends in moving to a new home can save you money, but it will cost you in time and physical labor. At worst, it can even result in damages or loss. After all, most of us are not trained in moving, and mistakes can and will happen. To ensure the safety of your belongings and the fastest delivery, and free yourself of any physical stress, hire a professional furniture moving team to do the work for you. They will generally have the necessary equipment and the logistics to handle a move of any size, and they can even help you with packaging if needed. Not to forget, they will protect you from any broken relationships and favors owed to friends and family.

Plan out the loading

If you still prefer to do all the work on your own, make sure you have a loading order in place. This requires knowing the exact space provided by the moving vehicle, and a plan on which items to load first and how to order them in a way that maximizes the available space. Think of it as a real life jigsaw puzzle, and who knows - it might even make the workload feel like fun and games.

Furniture is an essential part of your future life and comfort in a new home, and therefore it is strongly advised to go the extra mile and ensure that it is on location on time and intact.

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