Moving Help Tips – Armoires, Artwork and Mirrors

Armoires, Artwork and Mirrors
Armoires
Your bedroom armoire was a great storage space for your bedroom. Why not make it a great storage container for your move? It reduces space in your truck and creates less boxes—and less billable hours—for your movers.You can fill these adorned cabinets with lightweight items like pillows, lamp shades, even hanging clothes, if you use a tight tension rod inside. If you are going to pack a lamp shade inside, be certain to pad it all around with lots of lightly wadded packing paper or bubble wrap.

What you will need:
Rope, Large padding or old blankets.

How to pack:
Remove all the contents from the shelves. When moving furniture, it is important to separate all important parts—wing nuts, screws—and put them in a resealable plastic bag so they don’t get lost during the move. Once you have bagged these pieces, label it and tape it to the bottom of the armoire or cabinet. If they can be removed, take the legs or feet off the piece and pack separately. If you have CDs, cards or games in the drawers, pack them separately as they are likely to shift a lot, which may cause damage. Some items can be left inside if they are not too heavy. Fill in the empty spaces with wadded packing paper and tape the drawers shut. Larger empty spaces can be filled in with lightweight items like pillows and lamp shades (properly padded with lightly wadded up packing paper or bubble wrap). Several lamp shades can be stacked together with packing paper in between. Close and lock your doors, if possible, or tie the handles together. Pad the outside and move to a common area to clear a path for your movers.

Artwork and Mirrors
What you will need:
Tape, Packing paper and cardboard or bubble wrap, Packing peanuts for sculptures, Moving boxes (flat and/or sized to fit) for each piece of artwork.

How to pack Framed Prints:
Wrap each print individually in packing paper or bubble wrap. Tape cardboard around them. Place each print in flat fitted boxes. If they still fit loosely in their individual boxes, fill in the spaces with lightly wadded packing paper. Tape the box shut, label it boldly front and back “Fragile – Print”. Make sure these labels are legible enough that your moving company can read them.

How to pack Mirrors:
Tape the front of the mirror like an X with masking tape to keep the pieces in place in case the glass breaks. Wrap each mirror individually in packing paper and bubble wrap. Tape cardboard around them. Place each mirror in a flat fitted box. Fill loose spaces with lightly wadded packing paper. Tape the box shut, label it boldly front and back “Fragile – Mirror”. Make sure all labels are legible so your moving company can read them.

How to pack Original Paintings:
Just like with a mirror, if your painting is framed with glass, tape it like an X with masking tape to keep the pieces in place in case the glass breaks. Cover the framed painting or canvas with packing paper and bubble wrap then tape it closed. Build a box to fit that is slightly bigger than the painting, or purchase a specialty art box from an art or moving supply store. If you are packing a canvas (no frame, no glass), wrap the cardboard box in bubble wrap again, tape it, then build or buy a second box slightly bigger than the first. This double box technique prevents sharp objects from poking through and potentially tearing the canvas during the move. Tape the box shut well, boldly mark it front and back “Fragile – Artwork”. Make these labels bold enough that your moving company can read them.

How to pack Sculptures:
Sculptures are often fragile, with several potentially-breakable appendages. We recommend packing in a separate box at least one-third larger than the size of your sculpture. Fill one-third of the box with packing peanuts. Wrap the sculpture completely with bubble wrap and tape well. Place it in the center of the box in the upright position. Fill in all the empty space around and on top of the sculpture with packing peanuts. Make sure no part of the artwork is touching the sides of the box. Remember to double-tape the box if the sculpture is particularly heavy. Tape the box shut, and boldly label it on all sides “Fragile – Artwork”. Make sure the labels are legible enough for your moving company to read.

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