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How to pack lamps when moving

How to pack lamps when movingWhen you are packing your household belongings for a move, Sometimes it’s the smaller items that cause the most headaches. Packing lamps for the move can be especially tricky as they come in various shapes and sizes. In this article, we have provided you with some simple tips to help you pack your table lamps so that they arrive at your new home safely and securely.

Get the right boxes

In most cases, buying boxes from a moving company isn’t the greatest bargain. You can usually get square or rectangular boxes at low or no cost from your local retail stores. Unfortunately, there aren’t any standard sized boxes that work for lamps. So, in this case, it is worth it to buy boxes from your moving company so that you can select the boxes that will accommodate the tallest lamps. Once you have all the boxes you need, secure the bottoms of the boxes with packing tape.


Packing the lamp

Remove the light bulb and lampshade before you start packing. Wrap the cord around the base of the lamp and secure it so it won’t unravel. You probably should not use packing tape for this as there is a chance that it will stick to the lamp and cause unwanted damage. Your best bet is to tuck the plug end into the wrapped cord. Make sure that you use a clean flat surface to spread out your choice or packing material; you can use packing paper, bubble wrap, etc. Place the lamp on its side in the middle of the bubble wrap, roll it up and make sure that you secure it with packing tape. Make sure that you do not secure the tape to the lamp. For longer moves, it is a good idea to add another layer of bubble wrap to the lamp. Wrap the tape around the lamp several times, and fold over the edges of the bubble wrap and secure them to the bottom of the lamp. Tape it tightly and do the same with the top of the lamp. Your lamp should now be completely protected and covered.


Packing the lamp shades

Make sure that you always use plain paper and not newspaper to pack your lamp shades. Don’t use anything other than paper or bubble wrap on top of the lamp shades to prevent any damage. Make sure that can close and tape the box shut without crushing the shade or shades that are inside. Make sure that you cleaned and dried your hands before you remove the lamp shade to avoid stains. It is perfectly alright to pack more than one lampshade in the same box as long as they stack well and fit comfortably. Put any boxes that contain lamp shades in a secure location among other moving boxes.


Mark the boxes appropriately

Place the lamp base down into the box. If you are moving more than one lamp and there is enough room in the box you can pack a second lamp next to the first one, base to base. Use bubble wrap to fill any spaces so the lamps will not shift during the move. Seal the box and mark it as fragile and this end up.