How to Use Paper Padding for Moving
Protect your items with paper pads
As you pack, you’ll need to protect furniture from damage, keep fragile picture frames and lamps safe, and shield appliances from scratches and dings. Paper padding is a versatile moving supply that’s perfect for all of these applications. Take a closer look at what it is, learn how to use it, and find out how much you’ll need.
What is paper padding?
Unlike packing paper, which is single-ply and generally used for protecting belongings in boxes, paper padding is triple-layer and is used to protect individual items against nicks, scratches and dust. Professional movers use it to wrap furniture and appliances, so it’s perfect for DIY movers as well.
How to use furniture pads
Paper pads are ideal for covering frames, artwork, appliances, and wooden, upholstered and leather furniture. Just use the sheets like wrapping paper, totally covering the item and tucking the corners in.
Follow these steps to use paper padding to wrap your furniture and other items:
- Cover large items by taping multiple pads together
- Remove external hardware when possible (if it can’t be removed, use extra padding or a piece of cardboard to protect it)
- Use two layers of pads on sharp corners or delicate areas
- Use cardboard sheets or deconstructed moving boxes underneath the paper padding for extra protection or stability
- Wrap legs individually
Secure the padding with a couple layers of packing tape (add an extra layer over corners for even more protection)
- Note: Only apply tape to the pads! Tape can damage the finish of furniture or appliances
- Write on the paper pad to designate what the item is and where it will go in the new house
How is it different from moving blankets?
Packing paper is different from other packing materials (like moving blankets) because it’s recyclable or disposable. It’s also affordable — it can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of other similar packing materials. And when you’re finished moving, you don’t have to find a place to store it. Each one is also a bit smaller than a traditional moving blanket (48” x 72”, while moving blankets are 72” x 80”), which can be useful for smaller pieces of furniture. You can also cut the pads to wrap furniture legs or smaller pieces. And for larger items, just use multiple pads. It’s very versatile.
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How much do you need?
To determine how many furniture moving pads you’ll need, take a look at how many are typically needed for these items:
- King headboard: 3 sheets
- Queen/full headboard: 2-3 sheets
- Twin headboard: 2 sheets
- Dining table (seats 6): 1-2 sheets for the legs (cut into pieces), 3 for the tabletop
- Dining table (seats 4): 1-2 sheets for the legs (cut into pieces), 2 for the tabletop
- Dining chair: 1-2 sheets per chair, depending on height
- Nightstand: 1-2 sheets
- Dresser: 2-3 sheets
- Coffee table: 2-3 sheets
- Desk: 2-3 sheets
- Sofa: 3-4 sheets
- Loveseat: 2-3 sheets
- Recliner: 3 sheets
After determining your needs, head over to the U-Pack Box Store. Paper pads are available in packs of 6, 12, 24 and 48. We recommend getting a few extras to account for any items left off a pre-moving inventory list, or to provide additional padding on special items.
Learn more about packing and preparing for moving
Paper padding is just one moving supply that you’ll need on moving day. Several supplies are important for protecting your items — moving boxes, plastic wrap, furniture straps and more. Read through our packing tips and then find out how to use all of these supplies to prepare for your move like a pro!