The Value in Using Plastic Wrap for Furniture

How many times have you kicked yourself because you just noticed your beloved furniture piece has a huge scratch? And the worse part is, you think it happened while you were moving it.

I’m generally pretty careful when wrapping small items and boxing my things but when it comes to larger items like chairs, dressers or armoires, I don’t really focus on how I should “wrap them.”

Brandon Scivolette from Elite Moving shares some tips for using plastic wrap to prevent damage while moving or even storing your furniture.

Scivolette says that plastic wrap won’t protect the furniture from damage on its own but when combined with moving blankets, pads and other tools, it becomes a vital component in preventing it. He also says that unlike tape, plastic wrap can offer a strong hold without hurting the furniture.

Differences in Plastic Wraps

Size Matters

Let’s talk size. Plastic wraps are sized by width and length. According to Scivolette, rolls can be as small as 5″ wide and as large as 22″. There are larger rolls for industrial purposes.

“The length most commonly varies between 1000′ and 1500′. If you walk into a local U-Haul they will typically only carry a 5″ roll, which is completely pointless… the best sizes are anything between 18″ and 22″ long by 1000-1500 feet. These are the types and sizes that movers would use,” says Scivolette.

Color Isn’t Always Best

Scivolette says you can find a few color variations when shopping for plastic wrap for furniture but no matter how cool the colored wrap looks, clear wrap is best. It doesn’t have the potential to stain, especially during summer. The most common colors are different tones of green and clear.

“Unfortunately, people often times buy green wrap, which isn’t the best option… [Clear wrap] can be found at most major home improvement retailers, like Lowe’s and Home Depot, and typically cost around $20 for a roll,” says Scivolette.

Benefits of Using Plastic Wrap

Scivolette knows that using plastic wrap when moving furniture pays off in the end.

  • Easy to use
  • When purchased in the right size, it can fit almost anything
  • Protects furniture pieces
  • Prevents dirt and stains on fabric/cloth furniture (people sweat and get dirty when moving)
  • Secures moving pieces (loose drawers/doors, cords etc.)
  • Cost effective (Ranges from $7 to $25)

Specific Uses

Wooden Furniture or Furniture With a Finish

Scivolette says he always recommends using wrap on top of blankets. Try to find a wrap size that allows you to go around the specific piece with less. If you have a roll that is too small, you will have to wrap a lot more times and use more than if you have a wrap that is wide enough to cover your item.

“Furniture is typically wrapped in a circular motion, going around the item (counter clockwise is most common), starting low and gradually higher until the item is completely covered,” says Scivolette.

Cloth or Fabric Furniture

You don’t have to use blankets here as the item already provides a “cushion” of sorts but it doesn’t hurt.

“Wrapping of these items is pretty similar to the other method…keep the wrap tight during the process. The last thing you want is to finish only to find that the wrap is loose and won’t stick correctly,” says Scivolette.

And Scivolette says there isn’t a wrong way to wrap furniture so, don’t be too worried about technique. He says the most important thing is to get the right size and clear color roll.

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer is a writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her background includes TV news writing and reporting, weather forecasting as well as blogging; specifically for small businesses, software, education and lifestyle. June is fluent in Spanish and has experience in translation, writing and tutoring. Having moved back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico a few times, June enjoys researching new options for storage solutions and moving. She is a fan of organization and celebrates new ideas to help stay clutter-free in her everyday life. She graduated Cum Laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and loves to spend time with her husband, baby boy and their cute Havaneese dog, Reef.
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