Cover furniture with blankets or furniture pads. To best protect your furniture, wrap it carefully with pads or blankets. You can use old blankets that you already have or you can purchase or rent some moving specific blankets from a moving supply company. Start at one end and wrap around the entire circumference of the piece. Make sure to also cover the top and bottom of the item. Pretend like you are wrapping a present and make sure to cover everything.
- For larger pieces, you will need multiple blankets or pads.
Wrap table and chair legs with blankets or pads. It’s best if you can remove the legs before packing. If they are not removable, make sure that the are wrapped very carefully. Tightly secure the material by going around each individual leg with the padding and the plastic wrap. You want to be able to see a distinct outline of each table leg.
Secure covers with plastic wrap. Take hold of the roll of plastic wrap and begin winding it around the piece of furniture. For a sofa, for example, you would start at one arm and go all the way around the sofa with the wrap until you reach your starting point. Wrap each piece of furniture in plastic wrap to keep the blankets or pads from shifting during the move.
- For long distance moves, the plastic wrap will also keep dirt from getting to your furniture.
Place pieces of cardboard on the corners of desks and dressers and on glass tops of tables. After the furniture is wrapped, add cardboard to the corners of large items. To protect pieces such as dressers, place several inches of cardboard under the bottom of the furniture. Bring the rest of the cardboard up so that it covers the base of the item. Bend the cardboard to cover the corners of the furniture. Secure with packing tape.
- You can do this for pieces of wood furniture, such as a dresser or desk, to keep the corners from getting damaged in the move.
- Place a piece of strong cardboard over glass table tops. Secure with packing tape.
Wrap fragile items with bubble wrap. You might want an extra layer of protection for certain items. If you are particularly worried about scratches or other damage to a piece of wooden furniture, add a layer of bubble wrap on top of the plastic wrap. Take a roll of bubble wrap and wrap it around the entire piece of furniture, securing with tape.