The “Easy Button” Method for Moving Furniture

Christa Baxter
Researcher & Writer
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Published on April 22, 2016
3 min read

Now that you’ve settled on a move-in date and are getting everything organized for the big day, make sure you’re not overlooking some important steps when moving furniture from your old place to the new. Whether you’re working with professional movers or taking care of moving yourself, you’ll need a plan to coordinate the move. Take steps to protect your belongings as you head to your new destination.

Need an “easy button” to make that upcoming move go smoothly? Check out these tips when moving your furniture to your new home:

Easy Button Method for Moving Furniture

The tools you’ll need

  • Shoulder Dolly
  • Forearm Forklift
  • Mattress sling (available on Amazon)
  • Measuring tape
  • Camera
  • Blankets and sheets
  • Furniture pads
  • Stretch wrap
  • Zipper storage bags

Step 1: Preparation

Measure furniture

Grab the measuring tape and measure all the furniture you have to make sure everything will fit properly. You’ll need to make sure you have enough space available for larger items, like sofas, dining tables, and entertainment centers. Make note of dimensions of any furniture on order that will be shipped directly to your new place so you can make room for it.

Map out furniture placement locations

Use measuring tape and a camera to map out exactly where you want your furniture to go in your new space. Create a plan for every single room so that movers—or your moving party—know exactly where to place each piece of furniture as it comes off the truck. Use the camera to take a quick snapshot of the space for easy reference later.

Protect walls

Prepare the move-in site for the incoming furniture and moving activities by protecting the walls from scuffs and damage. Tape furniture pads to the walls and corners of the room so that any furniture and dollies entering the door don’t end up skimming the surface of the walls or making dents in the crown molding. This step is easy to overlook, but it is important for keeping your new home as good as new.

Step 2: Protect your furniture

Wrap everything

Make use of blankets, sheets, and stretch wrap to wrap every piece of furniture you can find as well as any smaller items that may end up getting damaged along the way. Large sheets of stretch wrap can be especially effective for protecting larger items such as entertainment centers, armoires, and bed frames because they hold everything together tightly and reduce the risk of paint scuffs and dents. You can purchase stretch wrap from your local home improvement store or on Amazon. If you are moving with large mirrors or glass-top tables, wrap these items with a layer of blankets and then use stretch wrap as an extra layer of protection.

Secure furniture for the truck

Once everything is wrapped and stored, you’ll need to make sure your furniture is stacked properly in the moving truck and secured in place. Use a mattress sling to hold mattresses together. Make use of bungee cords and straps to tie everything down inside the truck and secure any items on top of a truck or car. If you’re renting a truck, you may find these supplies inside the truck, or you can request them as part of your rental. Use tools like a Shoulder Dolly or Forearm Forklift to load items safely onto and off of the truck.

Step 3: Moving furniture

Empty drawers, cabinets, and closets

While you may be able to tape up drawers, cabinet doors, and other furnishings with covered storage units, it’s generally a good idea to empty out everything inside to avoid damaging items. Emptying drawers also makes the furniture easier to carry and maneuver since you won’t have extra weight.

If you have a few lightweight, soft items stored away, such as towels, bedsheets, and clothing, you could simply tape down and stretch wrap the drawers so they double as a storage unit for the move. Just make sure everything is taped down securely so that there’s absolutely no chance of the drawers or shelves moving in transit.

Disassemble as much as possible

You may be working with very tight spaces as you start moving furniture into the new space, so everything needs to be broken down into the smallest possible parts. Take apart as many desks, tables, cabinets, shelving units, and other furnishings as you can so it’s easier to stack all the pieces together and move them to an area where you can put them back together. Use screwdrivers and other wrenches to remove screws and loose pieces with ease. Avoid forcing anything or using the wrong tools since this can damage the furniture and make it impossible to put back together when you need it.

If disassembling furniture sounds stressful, moving companies such as Purple Heart Moving Group will handle it for you.

Store hardware and accessories

Any screws, legs, and other hardware you have from the disassembly process need to be stowed away carefully in zipper storage bags or small plastic bags so that reassembly is that much easier. Take the time to pack and label these items for fast retrieval when it’s time to put furniture back together.

Moving furniture to your new space doesn’t have to be complicated when you do a little planning and arm yourself with the right supplies. Use the “easy button” method to coordinate your move and look forward to settling into your new place faster.

Christa Baxter
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Christa Baxter
Christa Baxter has worked as an editor for more than eight years and specialized in moving content for the last three. She leads the content team in producing whip-smart moving tips and recs. After relocating four times in the last calendar year, she’s got strong opinions about moving best practices. (Just don’t ever pull a Marie Kondo and suggest she whittle down her personal library.) She earned a BA and MA in English with a minor in editing.