In today’s busy world, the kitchen has taken over as the dining or gathering area in a home. Most people don’t use their formal dining room except for special occasions or holiday gatherings. The kitchen has taken over as the dining or gathering area in a home. The kitchen table is used every day for many purposes, so it is very important to take the extra time to properly prepare and protect it from damage and costly repairs.
Packing a Dining Room or Kitchen Table
The dining room and kitchen table and chairs are treasured pieces of furniture and can be quite expensive, so it is worth the time to pack it correctly for moving. Before starting to pack the dining room, it is recommended to take a picture of the dining room table from all angles. This documents the item and any existing damage and provides proof if there is damage made during the move. Below are tips for preparing a dining room or a kitchen table for moving. Make sure that you have moving and packing supplies such as cardboard, bubble wrap or clean newsprint.
Clean and dust the furniture before preparing for storage.
- To make the transport of the table easier, unbolt and unscrew the legs from the table. Tape the hardware in a resealable bag and attach it to the bottom of the table or on one of the legs. Label the bag with its contents.
- If you cannot remove the table legs, wrap them in bubble wrap for protection on moving day.
- Wrap each detached leg with bubble wrap for protection.
- Remove the table leaf (if applicable), then put the sides down on a drop-down side tables and wrap the entire tabletop with a moving blanket. Wrap the table leaf separately. Secure the blanket to the bottom of each piece with packing tape, so the blanket will not move. Do not use tape on the surface of the table as it could leave a residue or peel the paint or wood surfacing.
- For individual table tops, wrap with as many blankets as is needed in order to cover the surface and then tape the blankets for additional protection.
- Glass dining room table tops should first be wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap, a layer of cardboard and then wrapped with at least two moving blankets.
- Wrap dining room or kitchen chairs in a moving blanket and secure with tape.
Moving a Dining Room or Kitchen Table and Chairs
Once you have the table wrapped and ready to go, you must make sure it gets transported into a moving truck in the correct manner. Below are tips for moving a dining room or kitchen table to get the most optimum room in the moving truck:
- Move chairs by picking them up from the bottom of the seat. Do not move chairs by lifting up from their backs or by dragging them across the floor as this could cause damage the chair and/or the floor.
- Stack chairs in groups of two in the moving truck and secure them together with a bungee cord or rope. Place the second chair upside down on top of the cushion on the first chair.
- When moving the table, lift the table by the apron, so it is vertical to the floor. This will allow for easier movement through doors and up/down stairs.
- Moving a table is a two person job; have one person lift from one end and another from the other end.
- Load the table top against the wall of a moving van and secure with rope or bungee cords. Another option is to lay it flat on the floor of the moving truck. Place the separated legs in a secure position on the moving truck, where they won’t roll and damage other items.
- If the legs remain on the table, be very careful how you load the table into the moving truck. Tables can also shift during transit. If the table is being moved in a standing position, you can load items below it, but it might not be able to support a large amount of weight on top. It might be a better idea to place the table on its side in the moving van and make sure to keep the legs protected as much as possible.
Protecting a Dining Room Table in Self Storage
It is very important to protect the investment for your furniture, especially cherished dining room tables, so you will be able to use the items for many years to come. Self storage is a great personal storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again. Some furniture might require storage in a climate controlled storage unit to keep the wood in good condition and protect it from possible warping or drying out from extreme temperatures and humidity levels. Once you place the dining room tables in storage, make sure to keep them covered with furniture tarps. Store the tables in the same manner as you would move them. Tables that are taken apart can be leaned against the storage unit wall with the legs nearby. Depending on the amount of room in the storage unit, place the assembled table standing upright or on its side making sure that legs are wrapped and protected.
Magellan Storage has a variety of storage units available in both climate and non-climate controlled to keep your dining room and kitchen table protected while in storage. Our storage professionals can help you with any of your personal storage needs.