How to pack a lamp for the move?

When it’s about shifting to a new place then one should keep in mind to handle lamps with utmost care. They are among the most delicate pieces of furniture which are to be handled with maximum care. Lamps are present in different shapes and sizes. Talking about the metal lamps, they also have certain weak points which are fragile. Not to forget, all the cords, light bulbs, and all these things need to be handled carefully for the move. No matter lamps are actually of any use but everybody has them in their houses. Some people have brought it as per their décor while some people have got them as gifts from their family and friends. The expert out of state movers state that if you have lamps in your moving inventory, you take them along as per the care they deserve.

Do you really need to take the lamp along?

When you are planning to move you need to understand what kind of new space you are going to. If the new space in which you are going has less area and you can’t put up all the lamps, then declutter the one you don’t want. Simply don’t pack all the lamps if you don’t need them. However, one more thing is to be considered when you plan to take the lamp that is the condition of the lamp. If you feel that the lamp you are planning to take is not in a good condition than simply leave it. Don’t carry things along which will just be a load and of no use over there.

How to pack the lamp for the move?

As you have made a clear plan on what lamps you want to take along and what you are not going to take, now you need to think about the way that is the packaging required for the lamp to carry along. Firstly it is vital to understand that lamps are simply not safe in a cardboard box. Even the metal lamps could be spoiled. So in that case, make sure you get the sufficient material required for the packing. 

Material required for the packing

To pack your lamp safely, you need certain materials such as boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, packing filler, black marker and packing tape. However, for the packing paper, you can make use of old newspapers if they are available at your place. Even for the black market, you can use any permanent marker which is available in your house. In case you are using old boxes, make sure they are strong and have no creases. The used boxes sometimes have torn areas which would be unsafe for the lamp.

Things to be taken care of

Before you start the process of packing, make sure you remove the extra stuff present on the lamp. It comprises light bulbs, lampshades, and any detachable or moving pieces.  If you comprise of the original boxes which are there for the light bulbs, you can put up the light bulb in the same packaging and go ahead with the further process. If you are not having the original packaging, then it will be a great idea to leave the light bulb and buy new ones at the new destination. However, if you still want to carry the bulb you need to pack each one of them separately. You can make use of paper by forming several layers along with the bubble wrap. You can also use wide cardboard tubing that will also be a great way to pack.

For the soft lampshades, you can stack all of them together and pack them in a box. It is recommended that you only pack the shades and light bulbs in a box without making use of anything else. If you need to put up other items in the box, you can choose soft things like sheets, curtains, towels, and other bedding. However, for the glass lampshades, you need to be more careful. Make use of bubble wrap and packing paper before you put them up in a box. Try to put them up in a tight box so that the shades don’t bump. 

Details about the packing process

Remove the harp

Almost all the lamps have a harp. It is basically a u-shaped metal or plastic frame that is required to hold up the lampshade. In particular, the harp is the cover that surrounds the light bulb. There are two types of harps. One has a screw and the other one is fitted with pressure. Remove it gently and put a label on it so that you don’t mix it with the harps of other lamps.

Take care of the lamp cord 

The cord of the lamp should be packed properly so that it is not damaged during the move. You can secure it by taping up a small piece of bubble wrap all around the prongs, and then cautiously wrap and the cord and tape it.  Make sure you don’t cover the tight corners and harsh kinks present in the cord. 

Cover the Lamp Base and put it in the box

Now you need to wrap the main body of the lamp. If the lamp comprises any strange bends or curves, you should begin from there. You need to ensure that in those specific areas there is a little extra bubble wrap. To the more, you should also fill the gap in these areas by using newspaper or packing paper. This friction caused by the bubble wrap won’t harm the lamp. Now place the lamp in the box and make sure you use the tape to secure everything present in the box. However, you can make use of one box to pack different lamps but be careful that the box is not overloaded. To the more, there should not be huge gaps in the box. To fill the gaps you can use curtains, clothes and other fabrics to fill the gap. After all this mark the box as fragile with the marker and tape it further.

Whether you use lamps to read books or as an aesthetic element for your décor, make sure you follow this guide to efficiently pack them and transport them to the new house. 

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