Protecting Leather on Moving Day

Leather furniture can certainly be a staple piece to any room. It brings a natural beauty and elegance into any space. However, if you plan on moving and have a leather furniture piece, you’ll want to take additional steps to protect it. It’s not as simple as picking up grandma’s old fabric couch and putting it in the back of the moving truck. You’ll want to plan accordingly to ensure your furniture arrives intact or if needed, is stored properly.

Wrapping

Wrap your leather sofa in furniture blankets to protect it from scratches, scuffs, and tears. Tape the furniture blankets securely to hold the blankets in place BUT make sure the tape does not make contact with the leather. The tape can damage the leather or even take the color off. Also, if your leather furniture, like a sofa or couch, has wooden or leather legs make sure to wrap those as well.

After covering the sofa in furniture blankets, you may want to wrap the entire thing in shrink wrap. This will hold the blankets in place better than tape alone. This is safe for your leather furniture as long as you wrap it with furniture blankets prior to applying the shrink wrap. You want to make sure you do not apply the shrink wrap directly to the leather as it can stick or cause mildew to grow in damp environments.

Moving

If your piece of furniture is larger, like a sofa or couch, plan your path ahead of time. Take special note of corners in the home and the size of the furniture piece to ensure it can fit through door ways and around corners. Keep in mind the furniture blankets will make the piece a bit bulkier to you want to make sure you have enough space to move it out.

Many leather furniture pieces tend to be grand and can be quite heavy. Do not attempt to move these types of pieces by yourself. Moving Helpers are always a great option that will save your back and a lot of stress.

 Storing

Leather is a natural material that will react differently to various temperatures and humidity. In severely dry, hot climates the leather can crack and fade. On the contrary, humid climates can cause moisture buildup around your furniture. Moisture will encourage mold and mildew growth on your leather furniture so again, it’s crucial to ensure your leather furniture is stored properly. Consider dry, climate controlled storage units.  It’s also a good idea to try to elevate your furniture off the ground. Placing furniture on crates or wood pallets can help in case there are any spills or flooding around your unit (better safe than sorry). Also, make sure you do not store anything on top of your leather furniture. The weight over time can cause the leather to stretch out or create indentations.

Have you ever attempted to move a large leather furniture piece? Do you have some tips of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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