Moving any antique furniture, whether mid century or not, requires a lot of care and planning.  Some mid century furniture is actually easier to move because of how well it comes apart.  Other early century furniture requires a completely different approach and sometimes even crating.  Whether your moving long distance across Canada or locally around the corner, make sure your moving company takes the necessary steps to protect your valuable possessions.

Here are some tips on how to ship antique furniture:

  • Have the piece appraised before moving.  This will allow you to discuss proper coverage amounts with the moving companies that are providing you with estimates.
  • Grab your camera and snap lots of pictures.  Having before images can help lots in the event that you have to file a claim.
  • Warn your movers about any loose or moving parts like internal shelving!  That way they can be secured or removed for safe transportation.
  • his goes without saying but empty out your drawers, shelves and storage compartments.  Extra weight can add unnecessary stress to the piece.
  • Never tape your furniture.  The adhesive can damage the fine finish.  Get your movers to stretch wrap the piece before and after pad wrapping it or crating it.
  • Wrap Wrap Wrap.  You can never have enough protection around your items.  Use cardboard around the glass and make sure your movers wrap it with complete coverage (head to toe).
  • Crate it.  This is the rolls royce of protection.  Most long distance moving companies will actually require that it be crated.
  • Be mindful of the temperature changes if you are moving long distance and going through extreme temperature changes.  Moisture can damage the wood depending how long it is in transit and/or in storage for.

If you have any questions about your antique furniture and how it should be moved, give us a call!  Our experienced moving coordinators will be glad to discuss your options with you. Look here for great Canadian Furniture Manufacturers.

Happy Moving.