Upholstered Furniture Removals: Five Tips for Moving Your Upholstered Furniture

Posted on: 23 June 2015

Transporting upholstered furniture during an interstate removal or even a move across town can be challenging. You don't want your furniture ripped, damaged or stained in the process. Luckily, you can safeguard it with the right removal tips. Take a look at these ideas:

1. Cover your upholstered furniture

Before you start loading the removals truck, cover all of your upholstered furniture. Use plastic sofa and chair covers. They protect your furniture from dust, dirt and moisture, and you can buy or hire them from most removals companies. In lieu of buying furniture covers, use clean tarps or moving blankets.

2. Beware of the elements

Even if your furniture is covered, you should not leave it outside for extended periods of time. Make sure your entire move is well coordinated, and consider hiring professional removalists who won't accidentally drag your couch through the dirt like a well intentioned but accident prone friend might do.

3. Remove the dust

Interstate removals can be especially dusty, and if you want to protect your furniture from picking up excess amounts of dust, you should take steps to avoid it. Vacuum your upholstered furniture before loading it on your truck, and dust and vacuum the furniture that is going to be near it.

You may also want to sweep the removals truck before using it or request that the removalists have it swept for you.

4. Pile other items carefully near your upholstered furniture

To make removals efficient, you need to pack the truck as tightly as possible, and that means stacking items on top of each other. If you have professional removalists doing it for you, you don't need to worry. They know how to do it efficiently.

However, if you are doing it yourself, be careful. Do not put any oily or dirty boxes on your upholstered furniture. Avoid stacking furniture with pointy legs on top of upholstered furniture including chairs. If you need to stack dining room chairs on a sofa, lay them on their sides so their legs don't rip holes in the fabric of the furniture.

5. Remove legs for moving furniture into the house

If you cannot get your upholstered furniture through your new home's doorways, remove the legs. If you try to force the furniture through the door, you can easily rip the upholstery. However, removing the legs in most cases gives you the extra centimetres you need to get through.

If you cannot move a piece of upholstered furniture through a small doorway, there are companies that specialise in taking apart and reassembling upholstered furniture so it can fit in any home. To learn more, contact a company like Ocean Grove Removals.