Preparing bulky pieces of furniture for a move – tips and tricks

A dark green sofa.

So, the time to move to a new home has finally come. After some serious thinking, you’ve decided the timing is right. Now you have to figure out how can you do it most efficiently and without getting any of your stuff damaged during the process. All that leads to one conclusion – preparations are crucial here. Sorry for interrupting but did we hear you say you have a lot of bulky furniture still not ready for moving? That’s where we come into the picture. In the article below we’re going to give you some advice on preparing bulky pieces of furniture for a move. Stay tuned for some useful tips and tricks. They’ll surely come in handy.

Obtain packing material

First things first. You need to get yourself some packing supplies. You’ll need everything from boxes and bubble wrap to packing tape and furniture blankets. Some of those you can get for free and most of those you can buy. It all depends on your budget, as you can guess. You can always find free boxes in your local stores. Don’t be afraid to ask. Most shopkeepers will help you out on this one.

Boxes are the most typical packing material. Before you start preparing bulky pieces of furniture for a move you'll to obtain many boxes.
Among other packing materials, you’ll need a lot of boxes. Sometimes you can get them for free by asking around shopkeepers in your nearest surroundings.

Making a list of your bulky furniture

We’ll try to keep it short here. Make a list containing all the bulky furniture you’re taking in with you to your new home. You might want to downsize a bit, who knows? Anyway, having things neatly written down and organized is the key to success. That’s about it.

Disassemble all you can

Most of the bulky furniture you can disassemble into smaller pieces. Just so you know – you’ll need to pack them separately. Once you’re done with that measure all the pieces and add the numbers to your list. You need to be organized. The next thing to do is to figure out the best way to get the large pieces of furniture out of the old house. Measure the entrances and you’ll figure something out. The same thing awaits you in your new home.

A couple of rulers.
Measuring the pieces of furniture and writing the numbers down so you have them ready for the move is crucial.

Start packing!

Once you have everything figured out: the packing material obtained, disassembled pieces measured and everything mapped out on paper, it’s finally time to pack. Making the best out of your supplies cannot hurt. You’ll feel more relaxed, also. In that case – don’t be cheap on materials. Use a lot of bubble wrap and packing tape to keep everything safe. You don’t want your aunt’s precious sofa getting scratched or something.

So, there you have it. Everything you need to know during the process of preparing bulky pieces of furniture for a move. Hopefully, your aunt’s favorite sofa won’t end up damaged thanks to this article. Best of luck with your move.

How to protect wood furniture when moving

protect wood furniture when moving

Moving is a complex process that requires a lot of attention and organization. The hardest part about moving is exactly the process of relocating your belongings from one home to another. Especially if moving long distances. This is the most stressful part of moving as a lot of things could go wrong. Your furniture can get damaged if you don’t know the right way to pack up certain things. And as furniture is something you pay a lot of money for and you want it to be untouched during the relocation process for that reason if not for any other reasons. This is why we decided to write this helpful article on how to protect wood furniture when moving. And it doesn’t really matter whether you are moving long or short distances.

Hire professional assistance for the moving process

One of the most important things to do when moving furniture is to hire professional assistance for the process of moving the furniture from one home to another. Moving these things without some assistance is a hard task. If you weren’t to hire them, it would mean that you have to rent out a moving truck and do the loading, driving, and unloading of the truck yourself. This is exactly how you can damage your wood furniture. Professional movers know how to handle these things much better than you. Plus, moving with moves means having moving insurance.

Moving without professional assistance can be very stressful.

But you have to make sure that you hire reliable movers. There are plenty of companies out there and you will probably be searching for the most affordable one to hire. But hiring movers is not an expense, it is an investment. This is why hiring the most reliable movers is the best thing to do. Verified Movers is the best place to search for reliable movers in your area.

Get the right packing supplies

Now that you have hired professional assistance it is time for you to start preparing for the packing process. And in order to protect wood furniture when moving, you need to get the right packing supplies. You will need moving boxes surely but not for packing your furniture. In order to protect wood furniture when moving, you need to get some:

  • bubble pack
  • wrapping foil
  • packing tape
  • blankets
  • styrofoam.

These are all the things you need to use while packing your furniture. You can use a packing supplies checklist as well.

Packing supplies are essential.

Pack your furniture nicely

After you have gathered all the necessary supplies, you need to know how to pack up your furniture nicely. The most important thing to remember is that you should be using as much of the supplies as you can in order to provide the most protection to your belongings. Use bubble pack to provide protection. Tape the bubble pack to secure it in place. If moving in bad weather, use wrapping foil to protect it from moisture. A blanket will come in handy for you to cover the furniture pieces in the truck so that you can put other things on top of them.

How to pack a storage pod

Moving containers.

Portable storages are a great way to keep your items wherever you want and/or to move them with ease. But, there is a question – how to pack a storage pod successfully and not to damage your items? There are many different uses of a storage pod and no matter what the reason for renting one is, packing is an unavoidable step.

A moving dolly to pack a storage pod.
It is easier to load and pack a storage pod with the right equipment such as moving dolly

Tips to pack a storage pod like a pro

You need to spend time packing for a move and don’t underestimate it. Many people think packing will go fast, but if you have a lot of items, you will need maybe a couple of weeks to finish everything.

Putting items into a portable container

You need to know how to fill your container properly.

  • Large PODS have 4 tiers, medium have 3 and small have 2 tiers, so work through 1 tier at a time.
  • Furniture that is large and heavy must be distributed evenly because of the balance. Disassemble furniture that can be disassembled to pack a storage pod better.
  • To stack boxes easier, use similar size boxes. Buy enough cardboard boxes because they should not be overpacked when packing for relocation.
  • Heavier items and heavier boxes should be on the bottom, while lighter boxes should be on the top.
  • Items you need to unpack and unload first, put at the front of a storage pod.

Maximizing the empty space

What to do with empty space between boxes? How to use it? Don’t rent a PODS that is too big because you will pay more. On the other hand, don’t rent too small.

  • Use soft materials such as pillow and bags with clothes to fill up space between boxes. This way, boxes won’t around the container and your items won’t be damaged.
  • Narrow items should be near the ceiling such as bikes or golf equipment to use that space between boxes and container ceiling.
  • Also, you can put framed photos between boxes or other thin boxes to fill up empty space.

A box with fragile items.
Spend more time packing fragile items because even the smallest mistake can cause big damage

Protecting your items

No matter are you moving or you need just to store your items when removing home, all the items should be protected.

  • Wrap furniture and appliances such as washing machines with an air bubble foil or moving blankets if you don’t have foil.
  • Especially pay attention when packing fragile items. All fragile items must be properly wrapped and packed, in order to keep them safe.
  • To secure boxes more, use straps and ropes around boxes. Most storage pods have hooks where you can secure ropes.
  • It is not a bad idea to add moisture absorbers to prevent mold, especially if it is rainy season.

To pack a storage pod, you will need the right equipment, supplies, and help from a couple of friends if you need to pack large and heavy items.

Reusing old packing supplies – step to step guide

Flat cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other.

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Turning a basement apartment into a home

If you ask people what their ideal house is like, some answers will probably start with “as long as it’s on the beach…” or “I prefer a top-floor apartment overlooking the city”. And while people’s perceptions are different, it is clear that everyone has a vision. And whether you’ll add some antique furniture, or keep it more simple, it doesn’t matter. It’s important to have an idea. But what if the circumstances don’t allow some of the mentioned options? What if you need to go an alternative way, and live in a basement, for instance? Now, no matter how unattractive this may sound, there are so many great ways how to conduct a complete home renovation project and turn this basement into your perfect vision of a dream home.

Privacy matters in a basement apartment

Whether you are looking for a basement to turn into an apartment when preparing for moving, or you already have one, it’s important that it provides the security and privacy of a real home. It would be best if the basement had a separate entrance. If it doesn’t, but for some reason, that basement suits you, then think about making the entrance on your own. The downside is that it might add a lot to your costs, especially if you’re trying to trim them. Once you have a separate door, you should have it additionally secured. One of the ways to burglar-proof the door is to install a deadbolt lock or to reinforce the door locks that have already been installed. Replace the door if it’s already old and damaged.

Know the limits of your budget when renovating a basement apartment

Renovating is never really easy and it can be quite time-consuming. So, if you are planning to move into the basement, start working on the renovation as soon as possible. However, don’t start with anything unless you have your budget set. Converting a basement into a pleasantly liveable space will definitely require some investments. Putting numbers on paper will show where you stand regarding the budget, and how much can be done for the amount available. You also need to figure if the investment will pay off should you decide to rent out the unit once you finish it.

Renovating a basement apartment
Start with the renovations timely

Trimming costs

It’s true that you will have to hire professionals when renovating, but there are still ways to lower the expenses. For instance, you can be your own plumber and check whether the pipes are in a good state, or whether there are some leaks that need to be fixed. Also, save some money on hiring a decorator. Instead, find some tips on decorating an apartment on the Internet and you’ll surely get some interesting ideas.

Plan how to use the basement space

Once you know your budget, you can move on with the implementation of the plan. Have a blueprint of the basement space and propose your ideas to an architect, if you’re collaborating with one. The point of this step is to make the most out of the space that you have. With smart planning, even the space with the smallest square footage can turn out to be much more functional. But first, you need to free the space and find a way to remove junk on a budget and then see what you have at your disposal.

Bring in the light

You’ve probably heard many times before, that for smaller and unlit rooms, brighter colors do the trick. Apartments in the basement lack natural light, so you need to ensure that your apartment won’t stay dark, thus unwelcoming. Make sure to install more windows to let the sunlit enter the space. This will not only make the room brighter, but it will help you pass the building inspection and the legal check.

As for the selection of colors of the walls and furniture, go with neutral but brighter colors. They will create an illusion of a larger space. You would be surprised to know how much colors can affect the mood. While bright colors can lift your spirits up, darker tones can do quite the opposite.

a room in bright tones
Use bright colors for the apartment

High ceilings

Another way to make an illusion of a bigger space is by having high ceilings. Actually, it is a standard for basement apartments to be renovated in such a way that the ceiling height is 7 feet and more.

But sometimes, this kind of renovation is simply out of question, so you need to use other ways to enhance the quality of the living area. If this is your case, take a look at some of the following ideas:

  • Choose a wall to place a big piece of art which will create the illusion of a high ceiling.
  • Install thin and tall bookshelves. They always come in handy, and here they will only make the area look nicer.
  • Get lower seating. If you are a fan of ottomans, this is a perfect situation to buy one. Play with the design and texture.
  • Don’t consider bulky furniture as it will only occupy more space.

The whole idea is to make the space in the basement apartment look less restricted. The more you need to lift your head up, the larger space will seem.

Have an open-concept layout

If it is possible, make sure to remove all the walls that visually reduce space. This way, you will create a more attractive layout. Talk about this with your contractor and see whether you can pull it off. Having an airy space brings many possibilities for furnishing the place and creating a cohesive area. Without obstacles in sight, the whole apartment will look large. You can decorate it to your own taste, maybe even install a fireplace which can look very modern and attractive. Furthermore, it will help the place look warm, unlike most basement apartments which are cold.

When you start thinking about undertaking a project such as creating a basement apartment, make sure to take these pieces of advice into consideration. Hopefully, they will contribute to making the apartment look just the way you imagined.

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How to prepare furniture when moving feature, painting, plant and lamp.

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