9 Tips and Tricks to Wrap Your Furniture For Moving

Dawn M. Smith
Written by Dawn M. Smith
Updated February 4, 2022
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Keep your furniture wrapped tight during your big move

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So, a move is in your future. Have you thought about the packing materials you’ll need to protect furniture pieces like your couch or favorite armchair? 

Wrapping and packing supplies are some of the hidden fees associated with moving, but you can spend wisely once you learn the best way to wrap your pieces. Of course, if you hire a local moving company, they’ll have wrapping supplies on hand. But if you DIY, follow these tips to help you wrap your furniture like a pro. 

1. Collect Wrapping and Packing Supplies

Your furniture’s safe delivery depends on the wrapping and packing materials, so it’s important to choose the right supplies. You’ll need these popular options to safeguard your furniture while it's in the moving truck or shipping crate.  

  • Bubble wrap

  • Stretchable plastic wrap

  • Moving blankets 

  • Sofa and mattress covers

  • Corrugated cardboard sheets

  • Sealable plastic bags

  • Packing tape 

2. Photograph Your Furniture Before Wrapping 

If you’ve hired a top-rated moving company to transport your household goods, they’ll likely keep an inventory list to document the condition of your items. Before the movers arrive, take photos and videos of your furniture so you have a record of its condition before loading. If you’re tackling a DIY move, the pictures and videos will help you with furniture placement and reassembly in your new home.

3. Clean the Furniture’s Surfaces 

A new home is an exciting change and a chance to start fresh. Wrapping your furniture guarantees clean and tidy items when you unwrap them later. To avoid damaging the finish, follow these cleaning tasks before wrapping. 

  • Clean food residue from furniture

  • Use a mild furniture soap on wood surfaces 

  • Wipe glass clean

  • Spot clean furniture upholstery fabric if needed 

  • Dust cracks and crevices

4. Dismantle Your Furniture When Possible

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It's easier to wrap, box, and load furniture that breaks down into smaller pieces. Disassemble as many items as you can to save your door frames and walls from dents and nicks. Use sealable plastic bags to keep the small parts together. Then, tape the bags to the underside or backs of the furniture to ensure it doesn’t get lost.  

  • Remove knobs, casters, and other hardware 

  • Unscrew doors with glass to wrap separately 

  • Disconnect legs from tables and sofas 

  • Disassemble beds 

5. Use Multiple Materials to Protect Your Furniture

Professional moving companies and DIY movers alike use a combination of stretchable plastic wrap, moving blankets, bubble wrap, and cardboard to protect furniture. Determining which combination works best for you depends on the amount, size, and type of furniture you have. Don’t be shy about mixing and matching your packing materials to get the perfect fit.

6. Use Stretchable Plastic Wrap to Protect Fabric

Stretchable plastic wrap is a must-have tool for your move. It clings to furniture and itself to protect your furniture. Thanks to its rubber band-like features, it also keeps drawers and doors shut during the move. You’ll need an extra set of hands to help you wrap the furniture because the roll is large. Stretchable plastic wrap should be used to wrap the following:  

  • Secures doors, drawers, and panels, if unremovable  

  • Protects fabric pieces from tears and scratches 

  • Bundles smaller pieces of furniture together  

  • Shields sofa and mattress covers 

7. Moving Blankets Offer Extra Protection

Moving blankets aren’t your average cuddly, warm bed covers. Instead, they're thick and engineered to protect your furniture from bumps and scuffs during transportation. You can use one or two blankets per furniture item, depending on its size and shape. 

First, drape the moving blanket over your items, and then tuck the blanket to create “corners” whenever possible. Secure the blankets with packing tape and stretchable plastic wrap. You can use moving blankets for most furniture items, but they’re handy for covering exposed areas of furniture, like the backsides, and protecting doorways. 

8. Use Plastic Bubble Wrap for Select Items

Everyone loves the quick snap-pop of bubble wrap, and its protective qualities for fragile items  are hard to beat. Bubble wrap works great for most items, but be careful if your furniture has a delicate finish like faux paint or antique glass because the plastic could stick to it. 

It's a good idea to layer the furniture with packing paper first before wrapping with bubble wrap. Only use anti-static bubble wrap for your electronics to avoid damage. These furniture items benefit from bubble wrap:  

  • Wooden furniture legs, if not removable

  • Glass tabletops and furniture

  • Unremovable glass furniture inserts, like shelving or door panels 

  • Mirrors

  • Ornamental pieces on furniture, like carvings

9. Cardboard Acts as a Shock-Absorbing Layer

Corrugated cardboard is an all-purpose moving tool that’s perfect in a pinch. It adds a shock-absorbing layer in between items. Here’s how to add cardboard into your wrapping strategy: 

  • Additional coverage for unprotected areas of furniture 

  • Sandwich glass and mirrors between two sheets 

  • Create corner protectors for wooden and glass furniture

  • An extra layer of protection between furniture in the moving truck

  • As a make-shift furniture dolly to move furniture across the floor

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