When you are shipping large items, such as furniture, you may not be able to use standard shipping outlets because they have shipment size restrictions (usually below 150 lbs per shipment, 108 inches long and 5 feet wide). Though these companies don’t specifically prohibit furniture shipping, you must meet their size restrictions. If your furniture exceeds this size limit, you may consider contacting a company that specializes in shipping large items. When shipping furniture, you need to take extra precautionary measures during packing to prevent any potential damage. Here are some tips on how to get started when shipping furniture.
Before wrapping your furniture, take it apart if possible by unscrewing legs from chairs and taking some table pieces out. Now wrap all the furniture pieces in a thick bubble wrap and then secure the wrapping using a tape. Legs and other small pieces should be taped to the main furniture piece. Cover it in plastic sheets for an additional protection layer. If the furniture piece is small enough to fit in a cardboard box, use one along with the wrapping. Use packing foam or peanuts to pack the box. You can find such supplies at local stores or moving companies.
Secure The Item
Secure larger pieces of furniture to a wooden pallet using stretch wrap (after wrapping as indicated above). You can either buy a pallet from the local shipping company, online or ask the company that you have chosen to bring one and secure the furniture for you (additional charges may apply). You can also ask around at local stores to determine if you can get a used pallet cheaply or even free.
Label The Furniture Piece
Put a clear shipping label on the furniture, including your address as well as that of the consignee and phone numbers for you both. If you were given a shipment number, write it in bold letters on the cover of your packaging.
If you follow the aforementioned steps, you will be able go through the shipping process easily and effortlessly. But have the furniture piece waiting outside for pick-up by the shipping company on the agreed date and time. They are likely to give you a time-frame, such as between 10am and 5pm. If the furniture is not small enough that it can be loaded onto their truck by hand, they may charge you for a lift-gate service.