Stretch Wrap Your Furniture for Moving: An Easy How-To Guide

While applying plastic stretch wrap to your furniture for a long-haul move may seem daunting, it’s a simple process that protects your expensive items from damage.  

Stretch wrap, also called furniture plastic wrap or plastic wrap for furniture, is most commonly used in warehouses to hold goods together on a pallet. However, it is also an effective and easy-to-use tool to protect your valuable furniture during moves or long-term storage. Even the most inexperienced users will find that wrapping their furniture for a move is a relatively quick and simple process. 

Why Should I Use Plastic Furniture Wrap?  

Moves, especially those that take you long distances, are stressful enough as it is and furniture is an expensive investment that you definitely don’t want to lose. When it comes time to load up the U-Haul with everything you own, you need to make sure your valuables are as safe as possible. When used correctly, plastic stretch wrap films do an excellent job of keeping dirt, moisture, debris, and more away from your furniture. They also hold loose items together and secure furniture pads in place, which can prevent dings and scratches. You love your furniture and have spent plenty of money on it, so it only makes sense that you keep it safe and looking good when bringing it to your new home.  

What Kind of Stretch Wrap Should I Use?  

Furniture plastic wrap is manufactured in two ways, cast extrusion and blown extrusion. Both create durable stretch wrap films that offer unique benefits. Cast stretch wrap boasts a strong natural cling on both sides, high clarity for seeing the items underneath, and is quiet as it comes off the roll. On the other hand, blown stretch film provides superior tear resistance, remarkable puncture resistance, and can handle heavier loads.  

Depending on your individual needs, either of these plastic wraps for furniture will serve you very well. Keep in mind that blown stretch wrap film tends to cost more, but cast stretch wrap isn’t quite as durable as its counterpart.  

Preparing Furniture for Plastic Stretch Film 

Before you begin to apply any stretch wrap to your items, we recommend cleaning your furniture as well as possible. This will help get rid of dirt or moisture that can become trapped underneath the plastic wrap.  

After that, remove as many extra parts as you can. This includes drawers, cushions, or doors. Making the item as light as possible with fewer moving parts makes transportation easier. That said, if you can't take the drawers out of your dressers, stretch film is an excellent method to stop them from falling out during transit. Just make sure to empty each drawer before you start the stretch wrapping process. 

Next, we suggest laying furniture pads on any particularly delicate areas. If you don’t have furniture pads, standard bath towels or blankets will do the trick. These soft spots create extra protection in the event of something harmful hitting or sliding into your furniture during the move. 

How to Plastic Wrap Furniture for Moving 

Once the pads are in place, it’s time to stretch wrap your furniture. Here are the steps to follow: 

  1. Tie the film around an anchor point on the piece, such as a couch or table leg. 
  2. It’s best to work as a two-person team with one person holding the furniture in place and the other wrapping the plastic.   
  3. Starting from the bottom, wind the plastic furniture wrap horizontally around the item.  
  4. You’ll need to move in backwards circles around the piece as you go, so be careful.  
  5. Be sure to wrap tightly. 
  6. Multiple layers offer more protection. After each layer, you can try moving the piece to determine how stable it is and add more layers as needed.  
  7. For your most delicate items, wrap the plastic both horizontally and vertically. 

Considerations to Keep in Mind 

While stretch plastic wrap is a durable and impressive tool for securing your furniture, there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin wrapping up everything you own. If you are placing stretch film for moving onto wood or leather furniture, make sure to clean the pieces thoroughly and cover the surfaces with pads or towels for extra protection and airflow. This is because moisture can become trapped between the plastic furniture wrap and the piece itself. If that moisture is left for long periods of time, it could result in warped wood and damaged leather.  

Overall, securing your furniture with plastic stretch wrap is an easy process that provides incredible protection to your items. Check out our full lineup of hand stretch films that can be used for moving, as well as convenient stretch wrap dispensers to make application even simpler.