When faced with a laborious, difficult, and time-consuming task, such as packing for a move, you’ll probably find yourself wishing for some miraculous way to make your work simpler and faster. Any clever moving hacks than can help you finish the job in a quicker and more efficient manner will be more than welcome, there is no doubt about it. And, as a matter of fact, there is no lack of ingenious packing tricks and techniques that can turn your relocation endeavor into an easy-breezy adventure – you just need to know what to look for.
You may be utterly surprised by the great number of resourceful ways to speed up and simplify the packing process. One of the most practical and effective hacks of them all is, in fact, incredibly simple and easy – use plastic wrap for packing. This common, inexpensive material can make a big difference for your packing endeavor and help you solve a number of moving related problems – from keeping loose items bundled together to protecting your furniture. Here is everything you need to know about using plastic wrap for moving.
Why use stretch wrap for moving
Plastic wrap, also known as stretch wrap, is one of the most useful and practical packing supplies you can resort to when preparing your items for shipment. It is readily available, extremely versatile, and easy to use.
Plastic wrap can help you provide good protection to your furniture, keep dust and dirt away from your belongings, secure loose cords and wires, and keep furniture drawers and doors closed and secured. It has no adhesive backing and sticks only to itself, so it won’t leave a viscid residue or cause any other damage to the delicate surface of your furniture, like packing tape will. Therefore, stretch wrap is easy to apply and even easier to remove. It is also recyclable and environmentally-friendly.
Best of all, this handy material is quite cheap and available in various sizes and gauges, so you can easily get the exact amount and type of plastic wrap you need for your move. There are, however, a few important things to consider before buying it:
- 65 Gauge or 80 Gauge – A higher number gauge results in better protection, so you may want to use the 80 gauge wrap for delicate, larger items;
- Blown or pre-stretched – Pre-stretched wrap is lighter weight than regular plastic wrap and doesn’t require as much pull when wrapping larger items. It is your best option when preparing furniture and other bulky pieces for shipment;
- Handle or no handle – Handles make it easier to apply the wrap, of course. The design, however, limits the width of the wrap, so it’s difficult to use for larger items. A non-handled roll that is 18” or 20” wide will be much handier when it comes to wrapping furniture pieces, household appliances, and other big items.
If you’re wondering where to buy plastic wrap for moving, keep in mind that you can find it at almost all major retailers, as well as at local moving companies, truck rentals, and storage retailers, but your most convenient and most affordable option is to purchase it online.
What to use plastic wrap for when packing for moving
As already mentioned, stretch wrap is extremely versatile and can be put to good use when packing for a move. It will help you:
- Secure bubble wrap, paper padding, moving blankets and other protective materials around an item. A length of stretch wrap will hold all the packing materials in place, so that they don’t come off during the transportation;
- Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed. A few layers of plastic wrap will keep furniture doors and drawers locked into place. This will make the bulky pieces easier to lift and carry and will prevent them from opening during movement. The same applies to plastic bin lids as well;
- Keep the contents of a drawer safely contained inside it. Instead of packing up the contents of your kitchen cabinet drawers, desk drawers, dresser drawers, jewelry displays, etc., you can keep all your silverware, office materials, clothes, and jewels contained with the help of saran wrap. Just wrap a few layers of it around the whole drawer and it will be ready for shipment without any risk of the contents falling out during movement;
- Bundle like items together. You can use stretch wrap to keep smaller moving boxes stacked together, to stack small items (such as flatware, for example), so that they stay organized and take less space in a moving box, to bundle up bed rails, curtain rods, and other items of similar size, and even to pack clothes directly from the hangers (just wrap some plastic wrap around them to keep them together and add a protective coating to your garments);
- Keep power cords and wires secured and organized. All you need to do is wrap them in plastic wrap around the appliance or electric device you’re preparing for moving;
- Prevent dust and dirt from getting to your items. Plastic wrap will keep your belongings free from dust and will protect them against dirt and stains (it is especially useful for fabric furniture pieces as they can be wrapped directly in the plastic material);
- Prevent spills. Plastic warp provides the perfect solution for transporting bathroom products, kitchen ingredients, and any other liquid products. All you need to do is remove the caps or tops from the bottles or jars, place a piece of stretch wrap over the opening, and secure it with a rubber band. When you put the cap or top back on, the bottle or jar will be leakproof and ready for transportation;
- Keep rugs, mats, and other similar items tightly rolled.
How to pack with plastic wrap
Stretch wrap provides a convenient and easy way to prepare your items for moving. You’re going to need large plastic wrap (anything between 15” and 22” will work fine) for furniture and other bulky pieces and small saran wrap for smaller items.
# When packing larger items, hold the large roll of plastic wrap on its ends and begin to wrap around the piece. The roll will unwrap as you move it around the item.
# When using stretch wrap for smaller items, hold the tension control handle to wrap the plastic film around the object.
Good to know: When using plastic wrap for moving furniture, you’re advised to:
- Clean the furniture well and make sure it is completely dry before wrapping it for shipment;
- Remove any detachable parts, such as furniture legs, door handles, glass elements, etc., and pack them separately. This will make the furniture easier to move and will reduce the risk of damage to your cherished pieces;
- When packing wood or leather furniture, wrap it with paper padding or furniture pads first, then use plastic wrap to secure the protective materials in place;
- Cover furniture corners and any protruding furniture parts with bubble wrap or foam sheets, then wrap over the protective padding with stretch wrap. This is the best way to prevent the corners from chipping and/or causing damage to the walls (or any other items they come in contact with).
Make sure you never use stretch wrap directly on wooden or leather furniture, as moisture may get trapped underneath the plastic material and result in mold growth, ruin the delicate polished finish of wooden pieces, or cause the leather or the wood to warp. You can safely use plastic wrap directly on fabric upholstery though as there is no risk of condensation occurring on the fabric surface.
All in all, stretch wrap is one of the most convenient and versatile packing resources you can take advantage of for your move – it will help keep your items secure and dust-free during the arduous relocation process and will ensure your peace of mind. Make sure you have it close at hand when packing!