By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When planning a move, most people set a date, contact a moving company, and purchase moving supplies. Boxes, tape, and packing paper are usually at the top of the list, followed by a roll of bubble wrap that the kids will try to steal away to jump on. Although these must-have supplies are necessary, making sure you have moving blankets on hand will also make your moving day go smoothly.
Moving blankets are the key to making sure your beds, bookcases, and the beloved bronze statue of your cat, Milo, arrive safely at their new destination. Consider them as the friends that go the extra mile with your furniture, keeping your items protected from the damage that commonly occurs on moving day. Your local moving company can determine how many blankets you will need to cover your large items.
When Should I Use Moving Blankets?
Professional movers use moving blankets with every moving job, and you should too. Use moving blankets to wrap your most expensive items, and keep them safe, secure, and clean while they are being moved. Because these padded cloths are designed to absorb shock, moving blankets can prevent your favorite coffee table or dining room chairs from being damaged during transit.
Moving blankets can also be used to protect your corners, banisters, and entryways during a move. Wrap damage-prone places in your home with moving blankets to offer a layer of protection as furniture and other items are being moved.
How Should I Use Them?
Furniture blankets are typically 6 to 7 feet each side and consist of several layers of filler materials (cotton, polyester, and nylon) stitched together like a bedspread. Moving blankets are two-sided, often having a lighter-colored side and a darker side. Use the lighter side of the blanket to wrap your items that need extra protection during the move. The darker side should face out.
When traveling across the country, place extra moving blankets in the spaces between boxes and furniture to prevent shifting of items in the truck. For even more protection, place plastic over your items if it's raining during your move, as moving blankets are not waterproof.
Are Moving Blankets Worth It?
Absolutely. They are an easy, inexpensive way to prepare your items to be transported. Moving blankets are a great accessory to have on moving day for two reasons:
- They not only protect your antique tables from being banged up with dents, but they make sure your vases, glass slippers, and lamps arrive at your storage unit or at your new home in one piece.
- Moving blankets keep your nightstands free from dirt, dust, and debris, and minimizes the possibility of your mirrors shattering during the move, preventing you from having seven years of bad luck.
Moving day doesn't have to be stressful. Contact us today to make sure your move is organized and stress-free. Our professional movers are skilled, patient, and efficient, and are ready to help you with your local or cross-country moving job.
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