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.

Tools every DIY mover should have

A DIY mover should have the essential tools when it comes to moving furniture. These tools are easily found at places like Amazon and Ebay. These are tools that I have collected though out the years of moving; some tools were weeded out, but these are the ones I find  fundamental, basic, and vital to moving heavy furniture.

  • Forearm Forklift Lifting Straps “As Seen on TV”
    (I don’t know how I ever got along without these moving straps. They reduce heavy strain on the most vulnerable part of a mover’s body, the back)
  • shoulder straps (They work similar to the forearm forklift by reducing heavy weight from the back by transferring the weight to the shoulders.)
  • rubber bands (Movers rubber bands are made to quickly snap around moving pads)
  • moving pads(If you’re a professional mover I would buy atleast 5 dozens of these, but a DIY mover can rent these  from places like Uhual)
  • rope (I use rope to build tiers on the moving truck) I recommend learning the truckers hitch.
  • knife ( for cutting rope)
  • cardboard (for protecting wood/glass/etc…)
  • bubble wrap (for protecting wood/glass/etc…)
  • hammer (not used much but there are times one is needed)
  • screwdrivers (also have a hex set)
  • dolly (appliance dolly for washer/dryer)
  • 4 wheel dolly ( don’t attempt to move a piano without one)

I’m a professional mover, therefore I have more moving tools at my disposal, but these are some great  moving tools any DIY mover should aquire to make their move go smoothly. I’m sure there are some that I forgot to mention, but with these, 90% of  all furniture can be moved with ease.

Welcome to a mover’s world

My name is Anthony Leverett, and I’ve been moving furniuture for my clients for over 13 years. I’ve seen it all , I’ve made my mistakes, I’ve learned a few lessons over the years, but I’m always open to new ideas and new point of views. That is the art of learning.

Moving. The one word alone can bring stress to most people who has to perform the job of moving from one location to the next, but with proper preparation, your move can be performed without stress.

This blog will focus on the techniques involved in moving furniurte rather it be a sofa, love-seat, washer/ dryers, armories, flat screen, computers, glass, etc…

This blog will be geared toward the  DIY mover, but I’m sure a professional mover can get great moving advice here. I want everyone to feel free to leave questions or comments regarding the techniques involved in moving furniture.