Moving to a new home or putting your belongings into storage is a risk that can lead to a few dented, scratched, crushed, or otherwise damaged objects. Some things can completely break, while others may have really noticeable surface damage that ruins their appeal. Before moving, consider a few techniques to protect your furniture, glass, electronics, and other delicates, as well as ways to get the restoration you need when the unfortunate happens.
Protecting Furniture With More Than A Tarp
One of the easiest ways to protect furniture when you're moving to a new location is to put some kind of protective cover over it.
Bed sheets, blankets, tarps, and plastic covers are a few common options. They're good for protecting against rain and a few light, accidental brushes against other surfaces that are inevitable with heavy objects on human muscle alone, but what about those sharp corners that dig into fabric or jagged brick surfaces that scrap against the material?
To protect your furniture well, a mixture of sacrifice and heavier protection is needed. Before doing anything, contact a specialty furniture restoration professional and have them inspect the material ahead of time. They can begin looking for ways to repair or upgrade the material before a problem happens without the burden of needing the fix immediately. It's less stress for everyone, and it gives more time for deep research.
For actual protection, box it up. Order moving crates to ship your belongings around, and know that the only major risk now is if the object is dropped hard enough to break. The inside of the crates can be lined with protective material to make sure that the crate material itself won't cause damage.
Restoration After The Damage Is Done
If you're reading this after your furniture has already been damaged, it's not the end. You still need to contact a restoration professional, but try to prepare a few details before you begin. For the sake of your belongings, it's better for everyone if you have more details than "it's ruined!"
Take pictures of the furniture in different types of light. This means with flash, without flash, with sunlight with and without flash, and in just home lighting. The restoration professionals will certainly perform their own inspection, but any extra time to consider a fix is an investment towards restoring your furniture.
Don't be afraid to give away a sample of the material. If it's already damaged, samples of the material can be cut off and shaped into a less visually jarring form while allowing restoration professionals to compare samples with different replacements. Some replacements are already on the market, while others will need to be made custom for your furniture.
Contact a specialty furniture restoration professional to discuss restoration options both before and after something unfortunate happens to the furniture.