How to Protect Soft Furniture During a Move

Soft furniture like couches needs protection before your move just like your wood furniture does. Here’s some tips and tricks to make it painless. 

You probably know that you need take extra care not to scratch or otherwise damage any wood furniture you might have, but what about your upholstered furniture? Do you know how to make sure it’s properly protected during your next move?

Your moving crew will take extra care with your upholstered furniture to make sure it doesn’t get stained or torn during the move, but there are some things you should do before the movers arrive.

The first thing you need to do is to clean your items. You want to avoid bringing extra dust or dirt into your new home, and you’ll be surprised how much dust, crumbs and hair a sofa has hiding in it. A small, handheld vacuum can be great for picking up all that dirt and hair (and fur, if you have pets). Just remember to make sure you get into all the corners and crevices. A plus side is taking off the cushions and finding spare change, lost remotes, and other items that slide between the cushions.

If you purchased your sofa or chairs at Ikea and assembled them, do not take them apart. Aside from creating more work for yourself both before and after the move, you run the risk of losing pieces and fasteners. 

If you purchased furniture recently, you may have the custom-fit covers that they were delivered in. These are designed to help keep your furniture clean during moving. If they’ve gotten lost, you can purchase plastic slip covers to help keep items clean during the move. You can also request the movers wrap items in plastic to help keep them clean. 

The moving crew may remove legs from large sofas if the need to, in order to get them through tight hallways or stairwells. They will wrap items in blankets in order to protect walls and to help prevent tears to the fabric, and to protect them while they’re in transit. 

A moving crew can make moving a sofa look effortless, but if you’re moving on your own, remember to lift with your legs, not your back, and to angle the sofa through narrow openings. Because it comes with its own cushioning, it might be tempting to think of soft furniture as something that doesn’t need protection when getting packed into a moving truck, but in fact it’s just the opposite. If you’re loading your own truck, take care not to jam your sofa on any which way. Keep it upright, and don’t pile boxes and other heavy items on top of it.

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