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Guide to pack antique furniture for transport

Moving is probably one of the scariest projects I ever had to do. Without compare. I was afraid of so many things that could go wrong. Plus the logistics of the entire process was just as dreadful. Balancing a pet, a child, a wife, all of our belongings, the old house and the new one. It all seemed overwhelming. Add to this the idea that I have to pack antique furniture and I was about to lose my mind.

Fortunately, all of these processes are not as hard as you’d imagine they are. They just sound terrifying. However, when you start dealing with it proves to be not that bad. However, some existing knowledge on the matter is nothing short of amazing. This is why the internet today offers an incredible amount of information on the subject. How to organize a move, how to move with pets, how to move with kids, etc.

However, there are not as many articles that give advice about how you can pack antique furniture, are there? Fortunately for you, we are here today to bypass this problem and offer a guide on how you can painlessly pack antique furniture.

How to pack antique furniture

Basically, the first step in this process is to arm yourself with all the tools beforehand. Do not make the same mistake as I did thinking you have it all, and then figuring out you miss more than half, halfway through the packing. No. Just don’t do it. If you ask professionals like packing services Florida to help you, then you can forget all about the tools.

Packing supplies

So, in order to avoid the predicament I found myself in, we will provide you with a detailed list of packing equipment you will need in order to fully prepare you.  None of the items on the list are impossible to get, it’s just that some items can easily be overlooked. Plus, there are those fantom items that you think you saw somewhere in the house, but they actually never were there, to begin with. You can find these moving supplies in store like Home Depot.

Be as it may, the list goes something like this:

  • Packing tape – imperative for the entirety of the moving process
  • Packing paper (as much of it as you can get your hands on, also can recycle other paper you have laying around, i.e. old newspaper)
  • Markers in various colors (make sure they are permanent)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Bubble wrap
  • Stretch wrap
  • Cardboard boxes (the more the merrier, make sure they are in all sorts of sizes and shapes)

The packing process

Antique furniture is probably going to be the most expensive part of your house. Hence, these items are going to be the most valuable belongings you have to move. This is all just to emphasize just how important this is, and how important it is to make sure you protect everything the right way. Any damage can usually prove to be irreversible. You can see here what other valuable items you should move by yourself.

The fact of the matter is that your antique furniture is a true superhero, in the lack of better words. I mean look at it this way, it has already survived a civil war and at least five generations of kids. Do you really think it deserves more stress than it has already endured? No, we don’t think so either. It would be silly to lose it in one more move when it already survived all the other dreadful things.

The way to make sure it does is just to invest several extra minutes in the process of protecting it. We will take an example of one antique piece of furniture and walk you through the process of protecting it the right way.

The packing process

The hypothetical scenario we will choose is the packing of an antique wooden table. You should treat this piece of wood furniture as extremely brittle and fragile. This way you will be certain to cover all grounds, which is what you should be aiming for anyway. This would just make it easy to justify this for yourself. This is how you should pack antique furniture every single time. Treat it as 10/10 fragile.

If you want to avoid any damage when you pack antique furniture you need to pack it properly
Wooden table is prone to scratching and breaking so it needs to be well prepared before the move

The first line of defense

Begin with grabbing packing paper and make sure you wrap it around all wooden surfaces of the object. Use the packing tape to fixate the moving paper on all of the surfaces. This will be your first line of defense. Once you are certain that all parts of the wooden surfaces are covered with packing paper you may proceed to the second line.

First line of defense is to protect furniture from scratches
Pack antique furniture using packing paper and packing tape to protect it from scratches

The second line of defense

After the packing paper has been put into place you may proceed to the bubble wrap. Again, grab packing tape, scissors and bubble wrap. Cut the bubble wrap so that it fits the shapes of the table and make sure to cover all the portions already covered with packing paper. Do not try to save bubble wrap. Spend as much as your heart likes. There is no too much bubble wrap, only too little.

Final steps

Depending on the size and the shape of the table you may or may not find a corresponding box to fit it in. In case you don’t have one big enough, or properly shaped, don’t stress. It is well protected as it is. However, the last thing you should worry about is the placement of the table in the moving truck.

Sometimes during the transport things move inside the truck, so it's best that you pack antique furniture safely into truck
Your furniture should be placed safely into the moving truck so it doesn’t get broken in transport

You will want to place it on top of as many things as you can, and surround it with as many soft cushion things as you can. This way, you will limit its movement and allow to have any damage absorbed by nearby cushions. If you are still unsure about doing the packing yourself, ask expert movers and packers Florida to help you.