Moving blankets 101 .. Before you move, read this.

There’s so much variety in the choice of moving blankets. I use to think that all moving blankets came in any color you wanted: as long as they were uhual blue. The blue moving blankets that a DIY mover can rent from Uhual, are the most famous moving blankets. They are good for most jobs, and I’ve used them hundreds of times, but a good moving company will have several moving blankets for different moving situations. This blog will not focus on the wide variety of blankets for professional movers, but will focus on the use and techniques of moving blankets for the DIY mover.

The moving blankets you can rent from uhual are made of soft, thick, recycled denim material. They can be rented for $10 a dozen, so get 12 more than you think you will need. I like to use a lot of blankets to wrap around furniture before I move it. The extra time it takes to wrap a few blankets around your valuables will be well worth it in the end. Why? Because furniture can easily be marred, scarred, or scratched during a move. Blankets provide protection against these unfortunate mishaps. But what are the steps it takes for wrapping  blankets around vulnerable furniture.   

When wrapping blankets around furniture you want to offer plenty of protection, and you want to keep the blankets as taught as possible. Let’s start with how to wrap a bed–Firstly, as you know, a bed comes in 4-8 pieces (usually four). After disassembling your bed, be sure to put all rails together and wrap tape around each end. This will make sure that the rails stay together.   Place these rails along side of the moving truck, usually on the floor. Carefully lean both the footboard and the headboard against a wall. Lay a blanket on the floor so that you can place the headboard in the middle.    

Next, pull blankets tight around the edges of the headboard and tape. Make sure not to apply tape directly to wood, for this can damage wood. I like to use moving rubber bands for this purpose. The object is to apply enough blankets so that no wood is showing. None.   This may take 2, or maybe more blankets, so don’t skimp here. Now proceed to wrap the footboard the same way you’ve wrapped the headboard. 

After these steps are done, you can safely move your headboard/footboard, and if they happen to rub against a wall while moving, the blankets should provide all the protection you need. Blankets are the life-blood of a successful move–the price it cost to rent 4 to 5 dozen makes them an excellent value. If you find yourself tired after a move, they can be used to take a nap–they’re so soft.

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