How to Prepare Your Furniture for Moving

When relocating, you won’t be comfortable and feel fully at home in your new abode until all your furniture has been assembled and is ready to use.

However, if one or more of your important furniture pieces arrive in your new home damaged and incomplete, you won’t be able to use them. And even if you can, the dents or scratches may be so obvious that you won’t want to put them on display until you pay a professional to fix and restore them.

You can ensure all your pieces of furniture arrive in your new home in the same condition as they were in your previous address by preparing them properly for the move. Seasoned furniture removalists from Adelaide share some tips for doing this below:

  1. List down all the pieces of furniture that will be moved

Create an inventory of all the furniture you intend to bring to your new home. List down each type, the quantity, and provide a brief description of their condition.

By making an inventory first, you will be able to determine what kind of packing materials you will need and how much you have to buy to pack your furniture properly.

You will also have a good idea of how much time you will need to properly pack all your furniture and decide if you can do this on your own, or if you have to ask another person or your removalists to help you out.

  1. Measure the furniture you will be moving as well as the doorways and hallways

Once you have chosen which furniture to move, use a measuring tape to take accurate measurements of the width, depth, height, and diagonal dimensions of these pieces. This will help you calculate how much space you will need to get each of them out of your old property and into your new one.

Make sure you measure all entryways, doors, height clearances, service elevators, and stairwells as well.  Sometimes, large furniture that can’t be disassembled such as sofas or couches won’t fit through doorways. If this happens, you may have to remove some doors before you can safely move them.

  1. Clean all your furniture

Before you start packing, clean and remove dust from your furniture thoroughly. By doing so, you will avoid dragging dirt and grime from your current abode into your new home.

Once you have cleaned the drawers of your dressers and desks, use them as additional storage spaces. You can pack some light, unbreakable items inside them such as a few clothes, stuffed toys, and small books or magazines you don’t want to throw away.

  1. Disassemble all furniture that can be dismantled in advance

Start disassembling furniture that can be taken apart one or two days before the move. Remove the legs of tables and chairs, glass tops, shelves, and cushions from your sofa and couch. Take apart the bed frames as well. Lastly, remove detachable knobs, casters, and pulls from your furniture.

By doing so, you will make it easier for the removalists to move these pieces of furniture. You will also help prevent damage that can be caused if the furniture brushes up against the walls or door frames. Lastly, dismantled furniture pieces are also easier to pack in the moving truck.

When taking apart a piece of furniture, put the screws and other hardware for each piece of furniture in a resealable bag. Next, tape the bag securely to the underside of the furniture to avoid losing them.

  1. Wrap all furniture properly

Use bubble wrap and plastic sheeting to cover and protect delicate wood pieces. You can also use specially-designed sofa covers and plastic wrap to cover your sofa, couch, and mattresses. Another option would be to use old blankets or packing blankets to protect all upholstered items.

You would also do well to place corrugated cardboard sheets in between wooden pieces. By doing so, you will add extra protection to your furniture and prevent them from receiving dents or scratches while they are inside the truck.

To protect glass table tops and mirrors, wrap them up in bubble wrap as well.

Moving experts also recommend taping a giant “X” on the item first using painter’s tape so that even if glass breaks, it will be less likely to shatter. Next, wrap the glass or mirror completely, paying special attention to the corners. Finish packing this fragile item by placing it in between two sheets of corrugated cardboard.

To be certain that you can still use your cherished (and expensive) furniture pieces in your new home, follow the tips above to protect them completely throughout the moving process.


Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.