Giving you a professional insight into the best way on how to pack fragile items when moving house in Derby

[dropcap style=”simple”]P[/dropcap]reparing for a house removal in Derby as well as packing up your own home furniture and fragile items can be a very time consuming and daunting task, especially if you are moving from a large 3 4 bedroom family house with lots of bedrooms and fragile items that require packing. Firstly all items and fixtures within your home is fragile and can easily get damaged or scuffed if they have not been carefully packaged before being moved. The last thing you need is for your nice clean sofas to end up with marks and scrapes when your movers start moving them out.

To avoid these types of issues when moving home you will need to purchase the following packaging materials.

[icon icon=”check” size=”small” style=”simple” shape=”inherit” text_color=”#000000″ bg_color=”#f48a00″]Shrink, Bubble and Foam Wrap

[icon icon=”check” size=”small” style=”simple” shape=”inherit” text_color=”#000000″ bg_color=”#f48a00″]Corrugated Cardboard Rolls, Wrapping Paper and strong Tape

[icon icon=”check” size=”small” style=”simple” shape=”inherit” text_color=”#000000″ bg_color=”#f48a00″]Removal Boxes, Archive Boxes (3-4 sizes)

[icon icon=”check” size=”small” style=”simple” shape=”inherit” text_color=”#000000″ bg_color=”#f48a00″]Removal Blankets

[icon icon=”check” size=”small” style=”simple” shape=”inherit” text_color=”#000000″ bg_color=”#f48a00″]Removal Tape / labels

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Some of the most common fragile items to be packed includes:

Sofas / Armchairs

When packing your sofa be sure to have enough space and room to work around the sofa.

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  • If your sofa has legs attached to it, remove them before wrapping if possible.
  • If you can’t remove the legs, use some cardboard to protect them and stick down using tape, this will help add protection.
  • You will also need some quilted removal blankets, shrink wrapping, bubble wrapping or foam wrapping and tape.
  • If you sofa is very sentimental and expensive you will want to add as much protection to it as you can, to do this you will need to apply some bubble wrapping.
  • Wrap, bubble wrap around the sofa, cover all the hard areas, like the back, arms and sides of the sofa. When happy the bubble wrap is covering the sofa, stick the bubble wrap down, to hold it, in its place.
  • Be sure never stick the tape to the sofa.
  • Using 2 removal blankets, lay them on the middle of the floor, over lap the blankets at the middle. (The idea of this, is that the sofa will sit on top of the removal blankets in the center)

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  • Place the sofa in the middle of the blankets. You should have roughly at least 30 cm of blanket, around the sides of whole sofa.
  • You will now need to place 2 more removal blankets over the top of the sofa, again make the blankets over lap in the middle.
  • The blankets on the top of the sofa, should be covering the sofa, stretch the blanket, so that it meets with the bottom blankets.
  • Once you are happy the sofa is fully covered and not exposed at all, start taping the removal blankets together, so that they hold in place and do not fall or slip of the sofa.
  • Once you are happy the removal blankets are taped down to the sofa, you will need to secure further using shrink wrapping.
  • To do this properly, you need to stand the sofa on it side, (long ways).
  • Starting from the top of the sofa, rotate the shrink-wrap around the sofa, pulling the shrink-wrap as tight as possible, you will have to rotate the sofa on its other side to shrink-wrap the other end of the sofa.[/one_half_last]

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Pictures / Mirrors 

Some of the most fragile of your items to pack will most probably be your glass framed pictures, photos and mirrors. Pictures and photos can be very special and hold lots of sentimental value which is why packing them correctly to avoid cracking any glass or scratching any canvas is an important task.

  • Select a box bigger than the pictures you are packing.
  • Lay each picture face down onto bubble wrap.
  • Wrap the picture and secure with some tape.

Place the picture into the box vertically. Specialist picture boxes can be purchased when packing your more valuable pictures individually. Follow the above steps before placing the picture into the picture box.

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  • Use a small to medium size box and line it with bubble-wrap.
  • Place a stack of pre-cut plain newsprint on the table or other flat surface.
  • Take the first glass and place it on the pile of newsprint.
  • Wrap two sheets of newsprint around the glass, making sure you line the inside.
  • Place the second glass inside the first one. This is called nesting.
  • Then take two more sheets of newsprint and line the inside of the second glass. Insert another glass.
  • You can nest three or four glasses, depending on their size and weight.

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  • Lay the stack of glasses diagonally across the pile of newsprint.
  • Holding the corner of the newsprint closest to you,
  • wrap another two sheets of newsprint around the stack and tuck in the ends.
  • For extra protection, wrap the stack in a sheet of bubble wrap and secure the ends.
  • Place glasses in bottom of box or into one of the sections if using a divided box.
  • Once you’ve filled the box, add extra newsprint or bubble-wrap on top.
  • Seal the box and mark it “Fragile: Glassware” and label it accordingly.[/one_half_last]

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House Plants

Although they may not be the first thing that you think of when considering how to pack fragile items when moving house, however it is important to take good care when packing Houseplants as long journeys can be stressful and damaging to indoor plants. Place small Plants into plastic lined boxes and use bubble wrap to steady the plants. Put taller plants into large plastic bags and tie up. Always remember to put some air holes into the bags to allow the plants to breath.

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Moving home is already a busy time so the last thing you need to be worried about is arriving at your new home to find that your most fragile items are broken or damaged. Following our guide on How to pack fragile items when moving house in Derby will help to ensure that all of your possessions reach your new home in one piece

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