Padding & wrapping is a top priority on move day. By reading this article and practicing it on the move, you'll become a furniture care expert, mastering the tricks of the trade for wrapping & padding.
Step By Step
To begin wrapping a piece of furniture, cover it in furniture pads. (like you would wrap a birthday gift).
Make tight folds with the furniture pads, then use your moving band, tape, or stretch wrap to hold it in place.
Finally, use stretch wrap to make the padding snug. Even with bands and tape, furniture pads need extra security, and that's where stretch wrap comes in.
Pro Tip: If you are running low on furniture pads, or don't have enough on the truck; it is time to prioritize. Make sure you always address these items first when padding/wrapping: wood furniture, leather or upholstered furniture, appliances
Do not use stretch wrap on leather.
When leather furniture is being moved into storage or during the hot summer months, shrink wrap can actually stick to the leather.
Instead, put furniture pads in-between the leather and the plastic shrink wrap.
The Chattanooga Trick
To keep your stretch wrap in place, try this trick. We call it the Chattanooga trick because we heard about it from a couple of Chattanooga movers. Here's how it works:
1. Scrunch the end of your stretch wrap into a small ball.
2. Create a fist-sized hole next to the ball, and hook it over a corner of the item of furniture you're wrapping
3. This will hold the stretch wrap in place as you wrap it around the item.