Packing your valuable antiques for relocation

Is your relocation getting closer, but you’re not sure how to pack your valuables? You’ve come to the right place! Packers and Movers in Saudi Arabia have years of experience in packing and moving – and that’s exactly what’s needed in order to pack your antiques right. You can pack most of your antiques yourself, but the trick to doing it properly is knowing how. No one wants to ship their antique furniture, or to load the truck with their Chinese set, only to find them scratched, or even worse, broken. Fixing those items costs a lot, which is why investing in the safety of your valuables is best done by being informed about how to pack them. To find out how to approach packing your valuable antiques and getting them ready for relocation in the best way possible, keep on reading! 

Furniture requires special attention when it comes to packing your valuable antiques

Packing your valuable antiques can be tricky, especially when it comes to furniture. There’s always the chance that it might break. Avoid disassembling antique furniture if that’s possible and try to relocate it using the pallets. The less you handle the furniture and the more it’s carried on the pallet, the more chance you have to succeed.

antique table
Packing antique furniture is not only hard, but it can also be dangerous.

Keep in mind that there are many packaging companies in Jeddah that can help you pack your antique furniture if you feel like you need help.

Items that you will need to pack furniture: 

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Air-filled plastic wrap
  • Glassine 
  • Packing tape
  • Sponge
  • Scissors/Knife

How to pack your antique furniture right: 

  • The first step to packing your valuable antiques and furniture pieces is to clean them. When it comes to antique furniture, the best way to do it is to take the damp cloth and to go over the furniture in order to clean the dust. It’s best if you do this by using a microfiber cloth which won’t damage the surface of the furniture. 
  • Take photographs of all the dents in your furniture. Do it from all of the angles possible. When you arrive at the new location, you might be thinking that some of the dents weren’t there, and it’s important to have photographs to prove it.
  • Place sponges at the corners if any of them are very sharp and wrap the furniture in the glassine. It’s a protective layer similar to plastic wrap, but it’s resistant to water, air, and grease which is why it’s often used in packing, especially when it comes to antique furniture. Secure it with the tape so it doesn’t slip off.
  • The next step is to wrap it in two layers of bubble wrap.
  • Place it in on the pallet if you doubt that it can be carried by hand. Have the professionals help you secure the furniture to the pallet so it doesn’t get damaged. 

Packing the art

Packing the art like paintings, or items that are similar to mirrors, isn’t hard, but it has to be done right in order for it to work. Let’s dive in!

Packing your valuable antiques such as paintings
Packing your valuable antiques such as paintings doesn’t differ a lot from packing a mirror!

You will need: 

  • Packing paper
  • Glassine
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard sheets
  • Corner protection
  • Specialty box

How to do it:

  • The first step to packing your painting is taking the glass out and placing the cardboard sheet between the glass and the painting.
  • After that, place the glass back and make an X with the tape over it. This will prevent the glass from falling apart if it shatters. You can also wrap it in the glassine. Secure it with tape, and then place another cardboard sheet above it and secure it.
  • Place the corner protection. It can be made out of styrofoam or from cardboard, but both are effective. If there’s a dent in corner protection pieces, you should take the string and tighten the corner protections with it, by placing the string through the dents and making a loop which you tighten slightly and tie at the end. 
  • Place the painting in the specialty box that’s slightly bigger than the painting. 

When you’re packing mirrors, you’ll have fewer steps to go through than when you’re packing a painting. You need to place an X with the tape and wrap it in the glassine. Place the corner protection. After that, use the bubble wrap to wrap the whole mirror and put it in a box slightly bigger than the mirror itself. The problem with painting and mirror packing is that you need to have boxes that fit them perfectly. Those need time to get done since it’s usually hard to find the exact sizes that you need in the stores. 

Packing ceramics

Packing ceramics doesn’t differ much from packing other fragile items. If you’re worried about the safety of your items, consider getting help from relocation and logistic services in Saudi Arabia. There’s no downside to having professionals help you.

Packing your ceramics requires there materials:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Packing paper
  • Glassine
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Box
  • Packing peanuts
china set
Antique ceramics items like china need to be treated with great care and packed carefully!

Packing your valuable antiques requires you to do this: 

  • Take your item and go over it with a damp cloth to clean it
  • After it has dried, stuff it with the packing paper. 
  • Wrap it with the glassine and after that with the bubble wrap. Make sure you wrap each item in bubble wrap at least twice. 
  • Place it in the box, and if there’s any space left fill it in with the packing peanuts.
  • In the end, don’t forget to label the box “fragile”. Do it on every side of the box, and not on the top and the bottom. 

Packing valuable antiques might require professional help

Professional movers will not only help you when you’re packing your valuable antiques for relocation, but they will also help you with avoiding extra fees while shipping, talk to you about the insurance options, and handle most of the stressful tasks. Investing in professional packers and movers means investing in the safety of your items. Sometimes, when the items are too sensitive, it’s best to turn to professionals for help. If you’re feeling like the items that you need to relocate or ship are delicate, keep in mind that we’re always at your disposal. Send out a free quote or give us a call. See for yourself why we’re the best company to handle your antique relocation!

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