One of the most stressful parts of moving is packing up all of your breakable items.

No matter how far you’re moving, putting fragile things in the back of a truck can be dangerous. If you don’t take your time and do it properly, you’ll have bent and broken furniture when you arrive at your destination, which just costs you more money in the end. The trickiest item to pack has to be a lamp.

In today’s post, we’re going to try and alleviate some of the stress by telling you how to pack lamps for moving. Lamps come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of fragility. Read on, however, and you’ll be able to keep your lamps safe for the long haul.

Why Dismantle Lamps?

The first step is to dismantle the lamp as much as you can. Make sure to remove the lightbulb and take off the lampshade, but if you can dismantle the frame, the lamp will be more maneuverable when you start packing the moving truck.

With the wall plug, wrap it around the base of the lamp and use a zip tie to secure it, so that it doesn’t flop around in the back. If you’ve got any hardware – screws, lightbulb, etc. – put it in a ziplock bag and keep track of it.

How to Wrap a Lamp

There are a few different items you can use to wrap up a lamp – moving blankets, bubble wrap, towels, or throw blankets. It’s important to wrap the lamp up tightly before putting it in a box. 

As for the lampshade, wrap it completely in paper to prevent anything from getting on it. This may sound like overkill, but if the lamp moves at all, the wrapping gives you another layer of protection. 

What Kind of Boxes for a Lamp?

It’s best to keep the lamp and shade in separate boxes so the heavier lamp components don’t damage the shade. If you have access to any appropriately sized plastic totes, they’ll better protect the fragile lamp.

Getting the right box for your lamps can be tricky because lamps come in all different sizes. Fortunately, there are boxes for pretty much every type of object, so measure your dismantled lamp and use a box that with plenty of room.

Packing Lamp Shades

If you choose the right box, your lamp should have plenty of space to slide around, which you’ll have to do something about. Get yourself some packing peanuts or use whatever blankets you have lying around to ensure the lamp is secure and won’t move during the journey.

In the truck, make sure to pack your lamps near the end. You don’t want them to be pressed in the back of the truck. Mark the box so that you know what’s inside and that it’s fragile.

Movers Know How to Pack Lamps for Moving

If you know how to pack lamps for moving, your move will be much less stressful. When the idea of packing fragile items overwhelms you, however, it might be time to hire movers.

At Tri-Star Moving, we pride ourselves on helping people move their fragile items in and out of Nashville. Moving isn’t easy, so why not let us do the hard stuff for you? Contact us today to get a quote.