Benefits To Shrink Wrap Prior To Making A Move


If you are getting ready to pack up your home and move, you will want to take every measure you can to ensure that all of your belongings get to where they are going without incurring any dings, scrapes, scratches, or damage. While some of this can be accomplished by covering your furnishings with moving blankets or moving quilts, you may also want to consider shrink wrapping some of the items that you are moving. Not only is it inexpensive, but it is not very difficult to do. Understanding which pieces of furniture would benefit the most is the first step to appreciating this packing material. 

Which Household Items Would Benefit Most From Shrink Wrap?

Although you can literally shrink wrap any piece of furniture that you own, there are some that may benefit from shrink wrap more than others. These pieces of furniture are those that would be the most susceptible to scratches, dings, damages, or dirt. These pieces may include furniture such as:

  • Sofas
  • Recliners
  • Dining room tables
  • Dining room chairs
  • Wooden bedroom furnishings, and other similar pieces

In addition to these items you may want to consider shrink wrapping large awkward pieces that will not fit into a box, has multiple pieces that may get separated, or things that are dirty or greasy. These may include:

  • Outdoor furnishings
  • Tool cabinets or benches
  • Other similar garage items
  • Large children's toys
  • BBQ grills and more

While you may want to wrap your household furnishings in a layer of moving blankets or furniture padding prior to applying the shrink wrap for extra padding, your outside or garage items will probably not need this extra protection.

What Are The Benefits Of Shrink Wrap?

Shrink wrap can keep other packing materials from moving - depending on the types of packing materials that you wrap your furnishings in you run the risk of them moving, rubbing, or chafing during the move. Even this small amount of movement could possibly cause scratches, scrapes, or damage on wood and finishes. By applying shrink wrap on top of these materials, you will be able to hold these materials tightly to the pieces they are designed to protect, which in turn will reduce the potentially damaging movement.

Shrink wrap will keep out moisture - There are not too many things that will ruin upholstered furniture or electronics faster than moisture. Shrink wrapping can help to keep this damaging moisture away from your furnishings. While this can be a valuable benefit of the procedure, it can also be a drawback.

If your shrink wrap is not properly vented, it can cause a buildup of mold and mildew which can be damaging to your items. Make sure that you add small holes in locations that will not compromise the integrity of your wrap. These locations may include underneath or on the sides of your items.

If your shrink wrapped items are going to be stored for an extended period of time in a non-climate controlled location, consider applying plastic sheeting to the floor of the location where your items will be located. This will minimize the amount of moisture that comes up through your flooring. 

Shrink wrapping will help you keep from moving bedbugs  - If you are moving furnishings from a location where you may suspect it has been exposed to bedbugs, there is a real possibility of these bugs hitching a ride to your new location. You can help to reduce the chances of this taking place, and even kill any that do tag along by shrink wrapping your items prior to your move and setting them out in direct sunlight. The plastic will help suffocate them and the heat will also help to kill them. 

If you are planning on conducting your move on your own you will need a wide array of packing materials. Shrink wrap can be a great addition to your arsenal. For more assistance with your move, check out a moving company by visiting a site like


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Storage Units Are a Wonderful Thing

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