How to pack bedding for moving

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When packing for a move, sooner or later you’ll get to the bedroom and when you do, you’ll need to know how to pack your bedding for a move.

You’ll be glad to know that packing blankets, towels, sheets, pillows, and comforters is pretty straightforward, and except for a few minor specifics, that packing task is so easy that it will almost feel like you’re taking a break from the tough job of packing your home for a move.

Read on to learn the best way to pack bedding for moving.

What packing materials you’ll need

When packing bedding for a move, the good news is that you’ll only need a few basic packing materials to complete the task: medium and large cardboard boxes, packing paper, plastic bags, a roll of packing tape, and a permanent marker.

  • Cardboard boxes. Remember that you’ll need large boxes when packing lighter and more voluminous items, such as pillows and comforters, and medium boxes when packing blankets, towels, and sheets.
  • Packing paper. One stack of soft white packing paper should be enough to line your boxes as an additional layer of protection. Read on for more information.
  • Plastic bags. Plastic bags and covers will protect your linens and bedding from getting soiled during the move. Also, plastic protects well against moisture – the mortal enemy of all fabric items. Sturdy but clean garbage bags will do okay.
  • Packing tape. Nothing special here, just make sure you purchase good-quality packing tape.
  • A marker. A permanent black marker will suffice, you won’t ordinarily need any other colors to label the boxes.

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What to know before packing bedding for moving

Before we show you a couple of excellent ways to pack bedding for a move, let’s first cover three fundamental things you need to know to be better prepared for the task at hand. In fact, once you’re familiar with these 3 concepts when packing soft goods for a move, you’ll realize that you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

  • Packing bedding is easy. You’ll be glad to learn that packing your blankets, towels, pillows, sheets, and comforters when moving home will be one of the easiest packing tasks in your moving checklist. There are just a few things to keep in mind, but other than that, you just take your soft goods and transfer them into an already protected box, and you’re done. Bedding is lightweight, and definitely neither fragile nor breakable, so if you drop a pillow on the floor, the worst thing you need to do is bend down to pick it up.
  • Bedding should be packed last. The packing tip you may find somewhat surprising is to leave packing your bedding until the very end. Why? Well, blankets, towels, and sheets are excellent wrapping and padding materials, so unless you own really expensive bedding, you are encouraged to use your bedding to wrap things in them – that is, to protect fragile and easily breakable items. But if you’ve already packed all of your fluffy bedroom items before packing your fragile and delicate stuff, then you may have to unpack some of those containers in order to use the bedding as protective materials.
  • Air can be your enemy. It’s no secret that the fluffy bedroom items you own such as pillows, comforters, duvets, quilts, and even some thicker blankets will take A LOT of space inside a box. This is why you’re going to have to frequently press down on your bedding to compress it by taking the trapped air out. When packing bedding for moving, it’s really important to maximize the space inside the moving box.

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How to pack bedding for moving

The moment you have the required packing materials is the moment you can begin packing your bedding into suitable cardboard boxes. During the packing process, you can choose to use plastic bags as extra protection, or you can decide to place that additional protection to the cardboard boxes instead.

Both methods of packing bedding for moving are fine. However, using protective plastic sheets does offer a higher level of protection for your bedroom stuff.

  • Step 1: Select the right size of the box for each type of bedding: medium boxes for sheets, towels, linens, and heavier blankets, and large boxes for pillows, comforters and lighter and fluffier blankets.
  • Step 2: Do not place extra cushioning inside the boxes because you’ll only lose precious space this way. Your soft goods do not need any protection against vibrations, shocks, or even direct hits during the move.
  • Step 3: How to pack bedding using plastic bags? As mentioned above, plastic covers will protect your fabric items from dust and especially from moisture. Before arranging your bedding items into the box, slip them into plastic bags and use tiny pieces of tape to hold the wrappings in place.
  • Step 4: How to pack bedding without plastic bags? Your bedding still needs to be kept safe during the move, so instead of protecting them directly, this time you may choose to protect them indirectly. Line the boxes with a single layer of large sheets of packing paper by placing them carefully on the bottom and up along the sides. This way, your bedding items will stay clean all the way to the new home.
  • Step 5: How to pack comforters for moving? Fold neatly your duvet, place it inside a plastic bag that is big enough for it or line its box with paper, and then transfer it into the largest container you have available. Press down hard on your comforter to compress it and make room for other bedding items.
  • Step 6: How to pack pillows for moving? Pillows are great padding and cushioning materials and you should seriously consider using them to fill any remaining spaces in boxed packed with fragile and breakable items – (wine) glasses, kitchen plates, etc. Also, pillows can be safely packed into drawers. Still, if you prefer to pack your pillows with the rest of your bedding items, arrange them above the comforter(s) and again, press them down to compact them as much as possible.
  • Step 7. How to pack blankets for moving? You may have heard just how indispensable furniture blankets are as protective materials during a home move. Luckily, your home blankets can serve you well too – similar to pillows, they have excellent padding and cushioning qualities. To keep them with the rest of your bedding items, fold your blankets, stack them and transfer them into a medium-sized box that’s already been lined with paper.
  • Step 8. How to pack towels and sheets when moving? Remember that you’re moving your towels and bed sheets anyway, so why not take advantage of their protective abilities? You can practically save money by using less bubble wrap by choosing to wrap delicate and highly breakable items in your thick bath towels. Bed sheets will serve you better as space fillers than as wrappers. Fold, stack, and arrange your towels and sheets into medium cardboard boxes if your fragile items have already been well-protected.
  • Step 9. Place one final sheet of packing paper on the top when you’re done packing a box with bedding items, then close the flaps and seal the box with tape.
  • Step 10. Use your black marker pen to label the boxes. Instead of writing BEDDING on a moving container, mark the destination room BEDROOM, and then the specific items packed inside the box: COMFORTERS, PILLOWS, BED SHEETS, BLANKETS, or TOWELS. This way, you’ll know exactly which containers to unpack to set up the beds upon arrival and which ones to unpack at a later stage.      

Finally, when packing bedding for a move, you may wish to use one proven trick to maximize the storage space inside your boxes by shrinking the volume of your comforters, pillows, and blankets. Yes, you’ve guessed it right – we’re referring to the magic trick of using the shrinking power of vacuum storage bags.

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