When you are moving to your new home across the international ocean , you naturally want to take all your belongings including furniture.
Furniture transportation is a daunting task especially because of its value, weight, and size. Unfortunately, furniture does take up most of the space in the container and will therefore cost more to ship. This is the reason why you need to be prepared.
1. Emptying and Dismantling Furniture
It is much easier to ship furniture when it is empty since it helps to protect it from damage during transportation. In case your international mover does not already know this, you should tell them that furniture with drawers or shelves must never be moved without securing them first.
The best thing is probably to dismantle the furniture and ship each part separately. In case you decide to move all the furniture in one piece, ensure that the parts never move. You can tape all shelves, drawers, and doors using adhesive tape to prevent them from moving.
Dismantled furniture takes up less space and makes shipping reasonable, more profitable, and cheaper.
2. Furniture Protection
When shipping furniture to America USA all the corners need to be protected using special protectors since they are most prone to damage. They can be taped, wrapped using bubble wrap, cardboard, special covers or furniture blankets. If one piece is particularly fragile, you can apply some methods of protection. For sculptures, grandfather clocks, and paintings you can use specially designed wooden crates.
In addition, you need to protect the undersides of furniture. Shelves, cabinets, chests of drawers are usually placed on ground that is not always even and clear. The best thing is to wrap and protect them from the bottom using plywood, foam, or special foil. For shipping when the weather conditions are not favourable or in the winter, waterproofed oil is used.
When shipping a bed or sofa to the United States, it is important to protect the upholstery. It is very easy to tear or stain your furniture when moving. It is best to cover the furniture using special covers. The covers also protect furniture from dust and getting dirty. Remember that all large pieces of furniture require special handling. To prepare such pieces for moving you may require special covers, materials and cushioning systems to avoid or potentially minimise the damage.
3. Loading Furniture When Moving
Safe shipping of furniture requires careful loading and arranging it in the container. You must also arrange the furniture properly too. Depending on the type of furniture, it can be arranged in layers that are separated using special platforms. You can also stack some of the pieces on top of each other. Store heavy or large items at the bottom. Set the lighter pieces on the heavier ones. Ensure that you fill the empty space between furniture pieces using shock absorbing foam.