Practical Guide How To Protect Furniture When Moving House in Leicestershire

Avoid your furniture getting damaged when moving house

Be Safe, Not Sorry When Moving House! Moving house is something people do 1 or 2 times in a life time. Over the years we purchase all types of items and furniture for our homes, some which may be worth a fortune or of sentimental value passed down through generations. The last thing you need when moving house is to have items damaged or broken in any way. The following article on how to protect furniture when moving house in Leicester will ensure that your furniture, items and belongings arrive at the new home in perfect condition.

Many people may assume packing their home is as simple as throwing stuff into a box, chucking it onto a van and hoping for the best. But for big, bulky furniture to arrive at the new home in the same condition a stricked specialist protection process will need to be adhere to in order for this to be achieved.

You will need to bare in mind that your furniture will need to be loaded and fitted into a van similar to a jigsaw puzzle or tetrus. This will mean that all furniture will be stacked on top of each other once loaded into the removal truck, this is the most common stage of the move where furniture and items can get damaged when in transit to the new home location. Luckily you have the guide on how to protect furniture when moving house in Leicester which is perfect designed at providing the knowledge on how to pack furniture and that your furniture is packed to the highest possible standards and safe on the roads or when handled by your movers.

First Things First

To avoid your furniture getting damaged when moving house you will need to purchase a variety of packaging materials. The best places to purchase moving materials are from your moving company or simply from online packaging stores that have next day delivery services. With the beauty of the internet purchasing quality moving supplies has become so much easier, rather than trusting in your local shop for some old newspaper and crisp boxes which will have no effect when it comes to protecting your furniture for moving house.

The most commonly used packaging materials you’ll need when moving to a new home include:

  • Removal Blanketspacking supplies
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Foam Wrap
  • Corrugated Cardboard Rolls
  • Tape
  • Mirror & Picture Boxes
  • Sofa Covers
  • Mattress Covers

Removal Blankets

Removal blankets are designed to protect furniture when in transit. Removal companies will use the removal blankets as added protection, especially when placing furniture on top of each other, on the floor on the sides. Removal blankets can be used for so many things when moving home and are not very expensive to buy ( usually £10 per blanket. In the long run it works out cheaper to buy as many removal blankets as you’ll require to ensure all your furniture is properly covered and protected.

Removal blankets are perfect for packing or covering glass, wardrobes, dining tables, picture and any other item you can think of.

Corrugated Cardboard Rolls

Corrugated cardboard rolls are perfect protection for many of your household items and furniture. They are cheap to buy and should be used to pack items like tv stands, wardrobes, bed frames and table tops etc.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrapping is designed to wrap any item, but mostly items that are easily broken like cutlery, glasses, vases, plates, mugs etc. Bubble wrap can be used to protect many household items including sofas and should be used on all smaller items before placing them into removal boxes. You can also use bubble wrap to cushion the sides of boxes as this adds to the protection.

Sofa Covers & Protectors

Sofa covers are designed to keep your sofa’s from getting damaged, scuffed, ripped or torn. You can purchase many different types of sofa covers some are more expensive than others, but price says it all when purchasing the best moving equipment for the protection of your furniture. A good quality sofa protector may put you back £40 or £50 but saves dealing with the hassle of replacing, fixing or buying a new sofa which can be a big expense when moving house.

Shrink Wrap

Shrink wrap is another packing material that can be used to wrap almost any household furniture or item. It is not as affective when used on its own. The correct way to use shrink-wrap is for example wrap a tv in bubble wrap and then tightly wrap the shrink-wrap over the bubble wrap this all adds extra protection to the tv and stops it from getting broken or damaged in any way. The final stage will be to place the tv into a tv box and shove bubble wrap on the sides (especially the side with tv screen. This will stop the tv moving inside the box keeping it safe and secure.


Tape will be needed to seal and tape down all packaging which will ensure its is held firmly and will not come apart. Some tape is not as good as some Vibrac is a recommended brand of tape and is perfect for sealing removal boxes and packaging materials.

How To Protect Furniture When Moving House In Leicester

How to pack larger items and furniture

When packing larger furniture you will first need to clean and dismantle each item, (especially items like beds and wardrobes). It is important that you dismantle all furniture and items that are to big to fit through the door. Place all bolts into a small bag and tape on to the item you are packing so you don’t lose any. Using bubble wrap & removal blankets, wrap and pack each item of furniture and seal with tape.

You will need to repeat this process for most bulkier furniture within your home. Packing all bulky and heavier furniture will make life easier for you and your movers when moving your furniture from A to B.

How To Pack Delicate Items 

When packing delicate items like glasses, bowls mugs and other kitchen items and furniture you will need to use wrapping paper or bubble wrapping. Wrap each item separately, wrapping it at least twice before sealing with tape and placing into a removal box. It is always a good idea to ensure your boxes are padded from the bottom, top and sides using bubble wrap.

How To Protect Smaller Furniture  

Smaller items must be wrapped and placed into removal boxes when moving home. The last thing your movers need on removal day is to be picking up odd items from the floor which can take a considerable amount of time. Many removal companies will request that these items are packed and boxed before they can move them. The best thing to keep in mind when moving home is to professionally box and pack every item within your home to avoid items getting damaged, especially if moving home with expensive furniture that will cost a fortune to repair or replace.

How To Prepare Fridge Freezers for Moving

Moving your fridge freezer can be a complex task depending on the size and type you have. When moving a heavy large American sized fridge freezer you may need to remove the doors as it may not fit out of the door. Defrost and clean the fridge using a diluted detergent like zoflora as this has a wonderful smell and will disinfect the fridge at the same time. You may need to hire a sack truck, wheels or trolley to move the fridge more easily. Using bubble wrap, shrink-wrap wrap the fridge before covering with removal blankets once in the removal truck. Find out how to move a fridge freezer when moving house.

How To Prepare a Washing Machine For Moving House

Getting your washing machine ready for removal day is a simple process you will need to disconnect and drain your washer. Find out how you can prepare your washing machine when moving house.

Advice & Tips On How To Pack & Protect Your Furniture When Relocating To A New Home

  1. When moving house nothing should be left till the very last-minute
  2. Decide what items you want to take to the new home and what items you wish to give away, donate or sell
  3. Any thing smaller than a microwave should be wrapped, packed and placed into removal boxes
  4. Many removal companies will not move items that are not wrapped, packed, boxed and ready to be moved
  5. Some removal insurance companies will not cover furniture if it is not packed by the removal company (check with your movers what their insurance involves)
  6. Always give your self enough time to start packing, usually 4 – 8 weeks depending on the size of your home and the amount of furniture to be packed up
  7. When moving or disconnecting a gas oven you will need a corgi registered gas engineer to do the job for you (required by law). You may need to give your self at least 2 – 3 weeks to arrange for this and to avoid any delays.
  8. Pack a box with the essentials you will need for when you and your family first arrive at the new home. You may need, kettle, toaster, pet food, light bulbs, kitchen roll etc
  9. The packing stage is one of the most important parts of your move so having a plan will ensure you will achieve goals.

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