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The Art of Furniture Packing: A Comprehensive Guide for Courier Shipping

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Undoubtedly, your furniture has taken hours of hard work and perfecting to get it looking beautiful, making the thought of shipping it daunting. However, with proper packing techniques, you can ensure your furniture arrives safely at its destination. This is my tried and tested method for packing furniture and touch wood, I’ve not yet had a piece arrive damaged!

Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, gather the necessary packing supplies:

  • Strong cardboard boxes: Always keep an eye out for free boxes on Facebook Marketplace for this exact reason! Choose boxes that are slightly larger than the furniture to allow for cushioning.
  • Packing paper: Use packing paper to wrap individual pieces of furniture and fill empty spaces in boxes. Save any packing paper you get in your parcels (especially Amazon!) to reuse.
  • Bubble wrap: Bubble wrap provides extra protection for delicate surfaces and edges.
  • Packing tape: Securely close boxes and seal any gaps with reinforced packing tape.
  • Moving blankets: Moving blankets offer additional padding and prevent scratches.
  • Pallet wrap: Keeps everything in place and secure.
  • Strapping tape: Reinforce boxes with strapping tape for added strength.
  • Markers and labels: Clearly label boxes with the contents and destination.

You can shop my list of supplies HERE.

Packing Preparation

  1. Clean and Dry: Clean and dry the furniture thoroughly to prevent moisture damage.
  2. Disassemble: If possible, disassemble the furniture into smaller, more manageable pieces.
  3. Remove Hardware: If you are dissembling your furniture, remove and bag all hardware, including screws, bolts, and nuts.
  4. Protect Fragile Parts: Wrap delicate surfaces and edges with bubble wrap.

Packing the Furniture

  1. Wrap Furniture in Moving Blankets: Start by wrapping the furniture piece entirely in a moving blanket, or two if needed. This is the least abrasive surface to have against your paint furniture, which is why it’s the first layer.
  2. Wrap Furniture in Bubble Wrap: Once it’s snug in its blanket, then go around it with bubble wrap. Wrap it in every direction, left to right and top to bottom, and make sure there are at least two to three layers of bubble wrap.
  3. Secure Furniture in Boxes: After bubble wrap comes boxes. Dismantle the box so it’s flat, then wrap the entire furniture piece in a layer of cardboard boxes and secure it in place with packing tape or strapping tape.
  4. Reinforce Boxes: The final step is to wrap the whole piece in pallet wrap. This will keep everything in place and secure.
  5. Label Boxes Clearly: Label each box with the contents, destination, and any handling instructions. It doesn’t hurt to stick a few fragile stickers on the outside just for good measure!

Have a watch of my Instagram Reel below which demonstrates the packing techniques discussed in this post.

Here’s what my packaged furniture, ready to be picked up by the courier looks like:

Additional Considerations

  • Heavy Furniture: For heavier furniture, consider using a dolly or furniture sliders to prevent strain and damage.
  • Glass Components: If furniture has glass components, wrap them separately and label the boxes as “fragile.”

By following these guidelines, you can confidently pack your furniture for courier shipping, ensuring its safe arrival at its new home. Remember, proper packing is an investment in your furniture’s longevity and value!

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Brenda xx

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