How to pack and move outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture is very important to most people. It can be rather pricey and by all means are not the least important items in our household. We very much enjoy drinking our morning coffee by the patio table or lounging around on a day bed, getting lost in a book. Some of us enjoy it so much so that we tend to spend more time outdoors than in. That’s why thoughts on how to pack and move outdoor furniture is on the minds of many preparing for their upcoming relocation. It isn’t a complicated task, but knowing how to pack and move outdoor furniture can help avoiding damage and efficiently transporting it to your destination. Read our tips below on how to pack and move outdoor furniture.
Outdoor furniture is for the most part, exposed to the elements and requires routine upkeep to stay clean and functioning properly. First, thoroughly clean and dry your outdoor furniture before packing. Remove all of the padding from your patio table and chairs. Make sure your padding and cushions are completely dry before packing them. Wrap them separately in plastic or bubble wrap to keep any moisture out and place in a large moving box. When wrapping cushions, focus carefully on all of the corners, as to not leave any openings. Label the box accordingly and secure with moving tape.
Once you have removed and packed all of the cushioned parts, you will have to disassemble your outdoor furniture before packing it. Carefully remove all of the table legs, chair arms, etc., and separately wrap them in moving blankets. Thoroughly secure each blanket with moving tape and carefully place in a moving truck. Moving companies should be able to provide boxes that are big enough. Otherwise, carefully place the pieces in their blankets directly in the moving truck.
Keep in mind that not all-outdoor furniture can be taken apart. In such cases, carefully wrap the legs and arms of the furniture with bubble wrap, and then wrap the entire piece in a moving blanket. Thoroughly secure the blanket with moving tape. The biggest risk to the furniture during a move is being scratched or causing damage to your other belongings. Therefore, packing material is not something you want to skimp on. Some outdoor furniture is designed to be stacked and these styles may decrease the amount of packing materials you will need. Assess your outdoor furniture before hand and be sure to buy enough packing material to accurately secure all of your items. If you are hiring professional movers to help you with the move, they should be able to provide all of the materials you will need. Contact your movers before hand and discuss your needs.
Keep an eye out for sharp corners. This is especially true when moving outdoor furniture made from metal. Although metal furniture is strong and durable, you must take safety precautions when moving the items yourself. Such heavy furniture has to be properly lifted, carried, and loaded to avoid possible injury. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and bend from the knees, not the back.
Wicker outdoor furniture is lighter and easier to move but requires special handling to minimize the risk of possible damage. Avoid stacking wicker furniture, especially for prolonged periods of time. Stacking this type of furniture for prolonged periods can cause it to swell and stick together due to environmental changes. Be especially aware of this if you are planning to store this furniture. Such items require climate controlled storing. For optimum protection, request a climate controlled truck for your move, especially if you are moving long distance. Prepping wicker outdoor furniture is much like the rest. Protect all of the legs and arms with bubble wrap and then separately enclose the pieces in a moving blanket. Boxing this type of furniture is ideal, therefore original packaging is highly recommended.