When moving long distance or locally it’s important to make sure all of our goods are properly protected, to prevent them from receiving damage and causing damage.
People tend to think that a sofa can be shipped easily without any damage. Since a sofa is a large item, usually made from solid materials, but we are not aware of how much damage a sofa can receive and cause if not properly packed and protected.
Unprotected sofa damage
For example, an unprotected sofa, packed just with moving blankets can cause damage to your walls while moving it outside your home and it can also cause damage to other furniture and moving boxes inside the moving truck while in transit.
On the other hand, your sofa can receive large amounts of damage while in transit; your main concern is to protect and prevent damage to the fabric or lather plus the sofa legs.
When moving, the common damage for sofas is caused by liquid that can damage the fabric or lather color. Besides that concern, any kind of liquid that will be in contact with the sofa can cause an appearance of mold on your sofa.
The second type of damage that can appear while moving an unprotected sofa is fabric, lather rips or broken sofa legs.
The third damage that can be caused to your sofa is any kind of bugs that can find your sofa as their new home.
Packing a sofa
Now that we know what type of damage can occur to your sofa while moving it, we know to protect it, here is our sofa packing guide brought to you by the courtesy of MOVING CONTRACT – professional movers and packers.
Packing a sofa – disassemble the sofa legs
The first thing you need to do is disassembling the sofa legs. If you can’t disassemble your sofa legs, just leave them, we will get to that later.
Packing a sofa – shrink wrap
Once you disassembled your sofa legs, collect the four pieces together and wrap them with shrink wrap. If you don’t have shrink wrap, don’t tape them together with moving tape since the tape can cause damage to the legs. Cover the sofa legs with a piece of paper and then tape them together.
The next step of packing your sofa is to shrink-wrap it for protection from water or any other liquid.
Position your sofa on its side and tape a small piece of moving tape on the bottom part of it; take your sofa legs, which are now packed together, and also tape them to the bottom of your sofa; then take your shrink wrap and have it taped with small pieces of moving tape to the bottom of your sofa; now, all you need to do is to move around your sofa while holding the shrink wrap roll, if it’s your first time doing it, have another person help you by holding the sofa for you while you’re wrapping it.
You can also use a special sofa package instead of wrapping it with shrink wrap.
Once you finish wrapping your sofa with shrink wrap, place some packing tape on the shrink wrap to make sure that it will stay on the sofa.
Packing a sofa – moving blankets
The next step is to pack your sofa with moving blankets. Again, place your sofa on its side and place one moving blanket on the upper side, if you have the legs attached to your sofa, use some bubble wrap to protect them before placing the moving blanket.
Once you placed the moving blanket on the side of your sofa, tape it good; use some muscle for that, flip your sofa to the other side and do the same thing.
At this point, both of your sofa sides should be packed with moving blankets, now place your sofa on its regular position and place one moving blanket on the unprotected area. The blanket should cover the sitting area only and not the back of your sofa. Tape the blanket to the rest of the sofa and flip it again on its side.
Take another moving blanket and place it on the bottom of your sofa so the whole sofa is now protected with moving blankets, now tape that blanket to the rest of the moving blankets.
Now you have two options, you can either shrink wrap your sofa again for maximum protection or you can just use some more moving tape to make sure that the moving blankets are attached to the sofa.
Packing a sofa – time and packing materials
This process usually takes 15 minute, 4 moving blankets, shrink wrap, moving tape and some bubble wrap.
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We hope you found this guide helpful.
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