How to Prevent Furniture Damage When Moving

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Are you looking for ways to prevent furniture damage during your move? You will have to spend money up front to protect your furniture during transit, but it’s worth every penny. Here’s what you’ll need:

Furniture Blankets

An easy way to prevent furniture damage is to use furniture blankets. Wrap your furniture in these, and you’ll be able to stack them on top of one another to maximize space without fear of scratching or scraping them. You can even use the blankets after the move for many things, such as to keep pets warm or to sit on during picnics. You can also reuse them during your next move, because they’re durable.

Quilted Chair and Sofa Covers

You can use chair covers instead of furniture blankets if you want to take extra precautions to protect your sofas and chairs from furniture damage. These are sewn to fit your chairs snug, as opposed to furniture blankets that you’ll have to manipulate to try to cover the entire surface area of your chair. These will cost you more, because it’s more custom-made to fit chairs.

Moving Pads

You can use moving pads to protect large furniture, like your piano, from getting damaged. They won’t cover the entire furniture, like a furniture blanket, but they’re useful for loading and unloading different furniture items.

Mattress Covers

These are huge, durable plastic covers that fit your mattress. It will protect your mattress from water damage as well as from rips and tears. You’ll need to buy one for the mattress and another one of your box spring. Mattress covers come in all sizes, from crib mattresses to king sized beds.


When you use straps in the moving truck, you can keep furniture from sliding back and forth. You can also organize the move by strapping certain “rooms” towards the back of your truck, and others near the front. If your primary concern is making sure that your furniture stays in one place while the truck is on the move, buy furniture straps to keep things securely in one place. You can also use straps to lift heavy furniture. These fit comfortably around your shoulders and attach to the furniture for you to lift and carry to your truck.

Bubble Wrap

You’ll need bubble wrap for your fragile items, such as glass mirrors and antiques. Bubble wrap cushions the item wrapped inside, protecting it from damage during the move. You can also pack several items next to or on top of each other, if you use bubble wrap as a cushion between them. These are widely accessible and easy to use. An alternative to using bubble wrap is packing paper, but these may not work well for some of your heavier or more fragile items.

It’s risky business moving without the proper supplies to prevent furniture damage. You should do what you can to preserve your items, and to make sure that your furniture arrives in one piece.

One Response to “How to Prevent Furniture Damage When Moving”

  1. December 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm, Julia said:

    These are some great tips if you are not using a professional service to move. It’s better to be safe than sorry with your furniture, because it is often expensive to replace.


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