If you’re planning on moving a leather sofa, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure the move goes smoothly.
First, leather is a delicate material, so you’ll need to take extra care to avoid scratches and other damage especially if you have a white leather couch.
Second, because leather is a natural product, it’s susceptible to damage from sunlight and heat. So, if you’re moving the sofa to a new home or office, make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight.
Third, leather furniture can be quite heavy; hence, you need to recruit some extra help when moving it.
With those tips in mind, let’s take a look at how to wrap a leather couch for moving it to storage or relocating to a new place.
How to wrap a leather couch for moving
To wrap a leather couch for moving, cover it with a moving blanket and then secure it in place with a stretch wrap or rubber bands. The blanket cushions the leather sofa and protects it from scratches, abrasions, dents, and tearing when being moved.
Moving can be a stressful time, and ensuring that all of your belongings are properly packed and protected is crucial. Fortunately, this can be made easy with the help of the following supplies;
- Moving blanket: A moving blanket, also known as a furniture pad. It is a type of padded blanket used to protect furniture from scratches, nicks, and other damage during transport or while in storage. They are typically made of cotton or polyester and come in various sizes.
- Stretch or shrink wrap/film: A stretch wrap is a thin plastic film that is stretched and wrapped around objects to protect them during shipment. It clings to the object being wrapped, forming a tight seal that keeps out moisture and air. Stretch wrap is also used to hold boxes or pallets together during transport.
- Moving rubber bands: Moving rubber bands are elastic bands that are used to keep moving blankets and stretch wraps on the furniture when it is being moved. They are typically wrapped around the legs of chairs, sofas, and tables to keep the wrapping fabric from coming off and getting scratched or damaged during transport.
- Duct tape: If you don’t have moving rubber bands, you can use duct tape. This is a type of adhesive tape that is commonly used in construction and repairs but it can be used for a variety of other purposes as well. For instance, moving companies may use it to secure the stretch wrap or moving blanket on the furniture.
- Furniture dolly: A furniture dolly is a hand truck designed for moving furniture. It has a platform on which the furniture rests and two or four wheels that allow it to be pushed or pulled.
- Moving straps: A moving strap is a strap that is used to help lift and carry heavy objects instead of a furniture dolly. It wraps around the object and the person carrying it, distributing the weight evenly between their shoulders and hips. This makes it easier to carry heavy objects without hurting your back.
Steps to wrap and protect leather couch when moving
Once you have all the things you need, follow these steps to cover and protect your leather furniture from damage when moving
Step 1: Wrap with a moving blanket
Wrapping up a leather sofa is relatively easy. Simply lay a moving blanket over the sofa and tuck it in around the edges.
Be sure to place the blanket squarely on the furniture before securing it in place. This will ensure maximum protection of the leather couch or seat from scratches, dust, and water that damages the leather.
Step 2: Secure with a stretch wrap
Next is to use a stretch wrap on the moving blanket to secure it in place on the leather sofa.
Take your stretch wrap and start at one end of the sofa. Wrap the stretch wrap around the sofa, covering the entire surface area. Be sure to overlap each layer of the wrap so that no gaps are left uncovered.
You can also wrap the stretch wrap around the sofa several times to make sure that no gaps remain.
Once done, use duct tape or moving rubber bands to secure the stretch wrap in place.
Please note that you should not wrap leather with a stretch wrap directly without a wrapping blanket. This is because the stretch wrap might stick to the leather and damage it.
Step 3: Lift the sofa on a furniture dolly
Before placing your sofa on the furniture dolly, make sure the dolly is large enough to accommodate the sofa.
Lift the wrapped sofa onto a furniture dolly and be careful not to damage the leather by scraping it against the dolly.
Finally, use straps or rope to secure the sofa to the dolly so it doesn’t slip off during the move.
If you don’t have a dolly, you can also use furniture moving straps to lift and carry the sofa.
Step 4: Wheel and secure it in the moving truck
Slowly wheel the dolly out of the house or office and towards the moving truck. Be careful not to bump into walls or door frames as you go.
Once the sofa is loaded into the truck, keep it in place with furniture straps or blankets so it doesn’t slide around during transit.
If you follow those simple steps carefully, you can rest assured that your leather sofa will arrive at its new destination safely and without any damage.
Now that you know how to move a leather sofa safely, put your knowledge into practice and get packing.
Wrapping your leather sofa in a moving blanket, using a stretch wrap and rubber bands to secure it, is the best way to move it safely.
Remember to take your time and be patient. It’s better to do the job right than hurry through it and end up with damaged leather furniture.
Are there any other tips or tricks you would add for moving leather sofas? Let us know in the comments below.