Home décor is very personal to us, an aspect of our homes we invest a lot of time and money on. It is décor items that make a home complete you see, breathing life in an otherwise uninspiring space, in turn turning our houses into cozy homes.
When it comes to moving house, décor pieces tend to be some of the most sensitive items. They are susceptible to breakage, damage, and even loss in the midst of all the moving chaos.
Not only that, but items like mirrors and artwork present a conundrum as far as their packing goes, thanks to their size and uneven shape, especially with mirrors.
This means when packing your home décor, you will need a different approach from the usual if you want to get them to their new home unscathed.
The alternative, of course, is to hire professional movers and packers with the experience of handling the type of items you need to move, whether that be fine art, antiques, sculptures or what not.
Armed with both skill and experience, these experts present your best chance of getting your décor items to your new digs in one piece.
Otherwise, there are some tips you can follow when packing your favorites to give them a better chance of surviving the transit.
The right supplies are key
When it comes to packing home décor items, packing supplies are key. Unlike many other household items, avoid a blanket approach with regard to the choice of packing supplies for décor pieces, starting with the boxes.
Boxes for decorative items come in different types and sizes. For example, you can find specialized boxes for art and mirrors, all with varying sizes.
Boxes designed for particular décor items may be more expensive than the regular kind, but they’re the optimal choice as they provide a secure fit while also maximizing safety of the contents inside.
Opt for smaller boxes for smaller décor.
Other packing supplies you’ll need to stock up on when packing decorative pieces include packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and protective blankets.
When packing décor items, make sure to lay out bubble wrap or packing paper inside the boxes in abundance before placing any items inside.
You also need to wrap the individual items with bubble wrap or paper, each item separately from the other to avoid rubbing against each other while providing an extra layer of padding around the items.
The latter can be placed in the same box, but avoid any overstuffing. As for larger decorations, these should always be packed on their own without mixing them with your smaller décor.
Label your boxes properly
Make sure you label your décor pieces once they are packed and ready to go.
Eliminate any guesswork by marking the boxes with the word FRAGILE so that anyone handling the box knows it’s sensitive carry.
Consider hiring movers for heavy pieces
Some larger décor pieces like expensive mirrors are sometimes best left to the professionals as these items are easy to hit a wall with (leading to chipping) or even worse, drop.
It’s also recommended to let professional movers pack expensive pieces such as fine art or standing clocks. They’re better placed to.
Transport with care
Décor items are sensitive and need to be loaded onto the moving truck with care. If you are doing a DIY, consider placing items such as art and mirrors on their sides.
You can go one further and wedge the pieces between heavier objects to minimize the chances of your décor items shifting and moving during transit.
But careful not to squeeze your precious pieces between anything that could dent, pierce or bend them.