One of the most stressful things about packing to move or put your stuff into storage is what to do about fragile furniture. Unless you still enjoy inflatable chairs and beds, the chances are that you worry about your furniture getting damaged during the move. Packing your fragile furniture with additional care makes the move for your stuff to be at Henfield Storage all the easier. If you’re aware that you’ll be storing delicate items, then you need to be prepared.

Packing up the antiques and paintings is a delicate process, so the best thing that you can do is get some advice on what to do. Below, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you when it comes to packing fragile furniture. It should be a smooth a process as possible, so take this advice, and you’ll avoid moving and storing smashed belongings.

  • When it comes to your larger pieces of furniture, you need to dismantle these where possible so that the pieces can be arranged on the transport vehicle and put back together at a later date. Tape the screws and pieces to the side of one of the packs, so you don’t lose them.
  • Bulky items that aren’t designed to be taken apart require more planning on your part, and it goes without saying that it’s not ideal to move these items alone. Specialist couriers and movers can help you with these items.
  • Use soft materials and blankets to wrap wooden furniture items. Bedding, sheets, towels and bubble wrap can prevent dents and scratches in transit. 
  • Calling in professional handlers can really make a difference to the experience of moving heavy, delicate furniture.
  • Fragile glasses and plates are at higher risk in a move to a storage unit, so vigilance is key. Wrapping and arranging your ceramic goods so that you can avoid smashing is essential.
  • Use small boxes for these items with harder sides to hold shape while in transit. 
  • Keep fragile boxes light and avoid overfilling
  • Use bubble wrap or tissue paper, and even cloth, to keep ceramics and glass from smashing while you move it. 
  • Clearly label the fragile boxes so that you don’t have any accidents with them in the storage unit. You wouldn’t want to accidentally back up into one of the boxes and cause a crash.
  • Appliances should be packed up carefully, with cable ties to tidy the cables away, so they don’t trail, and sponge to protect the plugs. 
  • Remote controls and chargers should be wrapped separately and kept labelled so that things don’t go missing. 
  • Where possible, try and keep your things in the original packaging. This can guarantee you protection as it was already packed with care in the first place. 
  • When it comes to protective layers, you should cover any holes and edges as much as possible to strengthen the packaging. 
  • Use the right people to help you move. With Henfield Storage, we can help you to get your belongings ready for storage so that you can guarantee its safety.

By Genaro Martin

Linda Martin: Linda, a renowned management consultant, offers strategies for leadership, team building, and performance management in her blog.