How to pack for a move

In this article, we will go through how to best prepare for a move. What materials are used for which items?

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Standard Furniture

Dismantling of large furniture

As a general rule of thumb, furniture that is too large to be comfortably carried by two persons and also wouldn’t easily fit through a hallway or staircase, should be dismantled. 


Furniture like IKEA beds or wardrobes can be taken apart, but one needs to be careful as the thin wood can easily crack. Also it’s important to lay down blankets on the floor to avoid scratches to the flooring.


Any screws should be stored into a zip-lock bag and taped to a large piece of the furniture to make it easy to find it later. A pro tip: Taking a picture of the furniture piece before starting the dismantling can speed up returning the furniture back into it’s prior state once it’s time to reassemble it!

How to dismantle an IKEA Pax Wardrobe
Wardrobe covered with blankets and shrink-wrap

Preparing for transport

It’s recommended to wrap any large pieces with blankets. To ensure the blankets will stay in place another layer of shrink-wrap is used by the experts.

When loading the truck, also make sure that no screws stick out that could rub against other pieces during transport and lead to ugly scratches.

Expensive furniture

Covering the edges

With expensive furniture, it makes sense to invest some more time and materials to cover also the edges for additional protection. This is especially advisable for large and heavy pieces, like table-tops, marble tables, headboards, etc. 

Using a multi-layer approach of:

  • carton to cover the edges
  • corrugated cardboard
  • shrink-wrap
  • blankets
  • another layer of shrink-wrap

..will ensure maximum protection. The different layers ensure that even when moving the piece not perfectly there’s a low probability of damage. Furthermore the shrink-wrap will keep all the materials in place. 

Using the right materials avoids damages

Kitchen ware

Better safe than sorry

The best resource for packing kitchenware like glasses, cups, and plates is packing paper. These can be bought pretty cheaply in packages of 1kg. As you see in the picture each item should be packed individually and then placed into a larger box. The box should be marked “fragile” so it’s not at the bottom of a stack of boxes.


Have the right box

With preparing paintings some key remarks are:

  • Never place a blanket on paintings as it will leave residue. Always use plastic wrapping to protect paintings. 
  • The more expensive the painting, the more expensive will be the packing material. We have prepared paintings where just the packaging was 1,000€ per painting. For a regular painting, 20€ of the right materials will do the job just fine. 
  • Think of the dimensions when shopping for packing material. 


Matratzen Cover

Get a cover

Especially when the distance and move duration are longer, it’s nice to know that a mattress is hygienically stored in the truck. For this purpose, there are mattress covers that can be used. They are one-time use and made from plastic and will ensure no insects or dirt will get to the mattress.


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