Curious how to pack a moving truck? If you’re planning a DIY move, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of loading a truck rental. This way, you’ll be able to maximize your space, distribute the weight evenly and prevent damage to your belongings. Here are our tips how to pack a moving truck like a pro.
Gather all supplies
Before you begin loading a moving truck, be sure to gather all necessary supplies for the move. Besides sturdy boxes, plastic wrap and packing tape, you may also need a dolly to help load heavy items, as well as furniture pads or blankets to add extra protection while the truck is in transport.
When loading a moving truck, you want to make sure every item has been packed properly with plenty of protection. This means using furniture pads or moving blankets to fill in the gaps between boxes and furniture items. Not only will this prevent things from shifting while on the road, but it will also prevent items from scraping up against each other. In addition to furniture pads, you’ll need a mattress bag to cover your mattress and moving straps for holding items in place. The bottle shop is a great place to get plenty of boxes. This will make transporting your goods easier and quicker.
Next, disassemble your furniture before you begin loading it onto a moving truck. This will help maximize your space and distribute the weight of heavy furniture more evenly. For instance, by taking the legs off of a dining table, you’ll be able to store the table upright on the truck without having the legs stick out. This will leave more room for your belongings, and you’ll be able to place the table legs in a different part of the truck to help even out the weight.
Load largest and heaviest items first
Ready to begin packing a moving truck? Start with the largest and heaviest items first. This includes mattresses, bed frames, tables, chairs, refrigerators, washer/dryers, couches, sectionals and coffee tables. Given the weight and size of these items, they should be on the bottom of your moving truck and not placed on top of other boxes and belongings. When putting couches, headboards and tables onto a moving truck, be sure that they are placed in an upright position. I also recommend placing them closer to the front of the truck (near the cab).
Load lightest items last
Your second round of items should include medium to lightweight boxes and appliances. When loading these onto the moving truck, be sure to place them on top of furniture and appliances, and not underneath, where they could be crushed. If stacking moving boxes, I recommend using moving straps to hold these in place as well. When packing fragile items on a moving truck, such as a mirror or a box full of collectibles, jewelry and trinkets, be sure to pack them at the very top of the pile. I also recommend bringing fragile items and important documents with you separately. This way, you won’t lose or ruin them during the trip.
Other quick packing tips
- Leave moving day essentials in an easy-to-reach spot on the truck.
- In addition to using mattress bags to protect your mattress, use moving blankets or plastic wrap to protect upholstered couches and chairs.
- Pack kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers, microwaves and blenders, inside of a box before putting them on the truck.
- Recruit friends to help with the loading and unloading process – especially if moving heavy furniture.
- All rugs should be rolled up and secured in plastic wrap to save room on the truck.
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