Guide to Packing and Moving a Dining Room Set
So you're moving and need to pack your dining room furniture safely.
It's a beautiful set, and you have had several wonderful dinners and breakfast over that very dining set. And now that's time to pack and move your dining room set, you're worried that it can get damaged during the move.
Well, it's natural to feel so, having had so many memories attached to it.
And this is why, in this blog, we'll talk about everything you need to know about packing your entire dining area and moving it to your new place.
How to Plan Packing Dining Rooms?
Dining room sets have many pieces, including a table, chairs, sideboards and other items. These sets can be fairly large and heavy. In addition to being careful when moving these dining room sets, it's also essential to pack them correctly, so they don't get damaged or broken during transit.
This is why it's essential to take the right steps to ensure that your furniture is protected during the moving process. Follow these tips to prepare your modern dining room for a successful move:
Get the Proper Packing Materials
Make sure you have the right equipment and supplies for packing up your dining room set. This includes packing materials, such as bubble wrap, stretch wrap, packing paper and moving blankets, and boxes, which can be obtained from most moving companies or your nearest store. You should also have packing tape and markers on hand so you can label each box clearly with its contents.
Use Packaging Materials Wisely
Many different types of packaging materials are available to help protect your furniture while it's being moved. When choosing one, ensure it's suited for your particular piece of furniture and will provide enough protection during transit. You don't want any damage occurring because of poor packaging. Before choosing the best size for your items, you should also consider how much weight each box can hold.
Clean Out All Moveables
Make sure all of the drawers are empty before packing them up. This will prevent any unwanted items from getting lost during transit and make unpacking easier once your furniture arrives at its new home.
Clear out any drawers or cabinets in your dining room set before packing them. This will make it easier for you to organise your belongings into specific boxes without digging through multiple drawers or cabinets.
Wrap Breakables Separately
One of the crucial things you should do before you start packing your dining room furniture is to get all the breakables out of the way. This includes any ceramic articles, glass items and chinaware you may have in the dining room.
Make sure to wrap any breakables separately in bubble wrap or other protective materials. Then, place them in boxes so nothing can fall out or shift around during transit. Make sure there are no sharp edges on the corners of the table or chairs — it's best to cover them with soft blankets or towels. This will help prevent damage that could occur during transport.
You should also pack breakable items in boxes specifically designed for fragile materials and label them clearly, so they don't get crushed by other things during transport.
Prepare to Eat in Kitchen After the Dining Room Is Packed
After you have packed your dining area, you may need a place to eat for at least a day and a kitchen is a good option.
Make sure you have enough room and seating options for everyone who will be eating with you, and ensure that everyone has enough space to sit comfortably. You can even use some folding chairs spread around the kitchen island where you can have your everyday meals after the dining room furniture is all packed up.
If there is no choice but to eat in the kitchen, then ensure that all food is stored safely away from any liquids or other items that may cause spills or messes on your newly-cleaned floors and counters.
How to Pack Your Dining Room Furniture?
Have a big dining room set with eight chairs where you host dinner parties?
Or have you bought a brand-new dining room set and worried about how you will move it into your new house?
Or have a big, beautiful glass dining room table and chairs and don't want them to end up in glass shards?
Well, it's time to find the best way to pack your dining room sets, so they don't get damaged during transportation. Let's look at the best ways to pack your modern dining room furniture:
Disassemble the Dining Room Furniture
If you are moving with a dining room table, you must disassemble it first. It is not very difficult to do so, as most dining room tables come with pre-drilled holes on their sides and legs. All you need is a screwdriver and some screws or bolts to fasten them back after moving.
But before you proceed to disassemble the dining room furniture, make sure that you have taken multiple photographs from different directions so that it becomes easier when putting it back.
If you aren't sure about the best way to disassemble your dining set, you can get a moving company's help to do it for you.
One important thing to consider if you have concrete floors is ensuring that the dining room set isn't damaged during the dismantling process. So make sure to lay out a big spread of plastic or cloth to protect the concrete floors.
Clean Each Part Thoroughly
This step is crucial if you want to transport your dining sets safely. Cleaning each part thoroughly can prevent scratches and dents from happening during transportation. Make sure that there are no traces of oil or grease left behind on any surface as it may damage your furniture when exposed to extreme heat conditions during shipping or transit.
If you already have some furniture polish, use that on your dining table and dining chairs before moving on to the next step. Otherwise, use warm water with mild soap and wipe each part carefully with a clean cloth until no dirt or residue remains on them anymore. Dry each part thoroughly once you are done cleaning them up.
Wrap the Dining Room Table for Moving
There are different ways to pack a dining table based on its shape and material. If you have a rectangular dining table, try to get a proper box you can fit. If not, you'll need some packaging materials to protect the corners of the table.
If you have a round dining table, then it's a bit easier. But you still need to pack the dining room table as safely and securely as any other.
If your dining room table has any screws, remove them and place them in separate bags or boxes so they won't get lost during transportation. Keep the screws organized so that they can be easily found when you assemble the table again at home.
You can also use masking tape to mark each part of the table so that there are no mistakes during reassembly later on. Finally, wrap each individual piece separately using bubble wrap or moving blankets before packing them into boxes or moving crates as you move them to your new dining room.
How to Pack a Wooden Dining Table?
The first thing you need to do is ensure that there aren't minute pieces of waste or dirt, as it can cause scratches during transit. And then, wrap up the dining room table using bubble wrap, newspaper or old sheets to protect it from any damage.
Make sure that there is enough padding between the surface of the table and its sides and ends. If possible, remove the legs of the dining table and place the separated legs pointing upwards as you place them inside corrugated cardboard.
How to Pack a Glass Dining Table?
If you have a glass tabletop, then make sure to take it aside. You should wrap your glass top firstly with paper or bubble wrap before moving it out to avoid any scratches and damage on the surface of the glass top.
Then, place wooden boards underneath the legs of the table for protection. Wrap each leg of the dining room table individually with bubble wrapping or sheets of paper to prevent scratching from other objects in transit. Finally, put these wrapped legs into a plastic bag and seal it tightly so no air can get inside it.
Wrap the Dining Chairs Individually
The next thing is to wrap the dining chairs individually. You can use bubble wraps, soft blankets or foam for this purpose. The best way to do it is by placing the entire chair upside down on a flat surface, wrapping them with bubble wraps or foam, and finally attaching them with straps so that they don't move from their places during moving. Also, use adequate packing tape to secure them tightly.
Make sure you don't forget to remove any cushions from the chair before wrapping it up, so it doesn't get damaged during transit. If you have fabric upholstery in your dining chairs, make sure to use waterproof packing materials to ensure that it doesn't get damp.
Packing Other Dining Room Furniture
If you have other dining room furniture like vintage china cabinets, crystal chandeliers, bench seats or other furniture pieces for casual dining, then it's equally important to use the proper packing materials and moving boxes to pack them.
This is because these kinds of furniture come with unique needs and requirements. If you don't use the right packing material for each piece, then there are chances that they could get damaged during transit.
For example, let's say you have a vintage china cabinet in your dining room with glass doors. In this case, it's vital to use bubble wrap or foam peanuts around the glass doors so they won't break during transit.
Similarly, if you have added a crystal chandelier hanging as a focal point in your dining room, you need to use the appropriate box to place it. And then, fill the box with foam peanuts because they can break easily when moved around without due care and attention.
So based on the type of dining room furniture, make sure to have the right-sized box and softening materials to protect them.
Transporting the Dining Table and Dining Chairs
Now that you've packed all your dining tables and chairs, the question is, 'How to transport the dining table and chairs to the moving truck?'
You can get dollies for transporting your dining room table and chairs. The dolly wheels should be strong enough to carry heavy loads, so you don't have to worry about damaging your furniture during transportation.
But remember that you need at least two people to carry the dining sets to the moving truck. You'll need to be careful when navigating the corners, narrow hallways, and pathways to ensure that nothing is damaged.
On the other hand, it can be quite strenuous to do all the heavy lifting, and you can even end up pulling a muscle. So it's best to get the help of a moving company to transport it to the moving truck and do the same when you reach the new location.
If you have decided to use hand trucks or dollies, then make sure that they are not too heavy or too small for holding these large pieces of furniture. Also, ensure that proper handles are attached to the side of these pieces so that you can easily handle them without any hassle.
Hire a Reliable Moving Company to Pack Your Dining Room Furniture Securely
You've spent quite a long time handpicking every one of the furniture pieces in your dining room and are quite proud of it. But now that the move is finally on you, it can be nerve-wracking to think about transporting them all safely — without a single scratch.
But it's quite possible with the right movers by your side.
At Move My Stuff, our team of furniture removalists has over 12 years of experience in helping people pack modern as well as antique dining room furniture with ease. We come with our own top-quality packaging materials and get to work. We take all precautions to make sure that your dining set is completely packed and delivered in the same condition to your new place.
Want to know how much it'll cost you? Contact us for a free quote as well as suggestions on the best way to handle moving your dining sets.