Glass tables are a beautiful addition to any home. They add a touch of sophistication and modernity to your living space.
However moving and storing a glass table can be a challenging task.
The heavy weight and fragile nature of glass makes it more susceptible to damage during transport.
Today we’ll cover some expert tips on how to safely move and store your glass table.
A friend of mine had a glass table that we moved from his house to a new apartment.
It was a large glass table that he had used as a dining table. It was so heavy and awkward to move.
He had heard horror stories of broken glass tables during transport, and he didn’t want that to happen to him.
So he got advice from a professional mover who gave him tips on how to safely move the table.
He used a heavy-duty box with double-wall protection to hold the glass tabletop. He added double blankets to the bottom and wrapped the glass table like candy. Afterward, he used another blanket to wrap the glass table and repeated the candy wrap process.
He also added more padding to the sides of the box to prevent the glass table from moving and rattling during transport.
When it was time to load the glass table onto the truck, he remembered to place it on its side and never on top or at the front.
He also strapped the boxes tightly together to prevent them from moving during transport.
By the time we got to apartment, we unpacked the glass table and it was in perfect condition.
That we a very successful move. I have elaborated those steps further in the information that follows.
Step 1: Padding and Wrapping
The first step to safely move and store your glass table is to pad and wrap it. This will provide an extra layer of protection over the glass.
To begin, use a heavy-duty box with double-wall protection to hold the glass tabletop. It is essential to ensure that the box is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the glass.
I’ve been lucky enough to find adequate boxes at the UHaul office. They have a wide range of unusual sizes for televisions, paintings and other specialty items.
Start by placing the box on the floor, add double blankets to the bottom (if there’s enough room). Then, place the glass on top and wrap it like candy with tape on top.
Afterward, use another blanket to wrap the glass table and repeat the candy wrap process.
This will create a “pillow” effect and ensure that the glass table is protected during transport.
Additionally, add more padding to the sides of the box, leaving no empty spaces. This will prevent the glass table from moving and rattling during transport.
Step 2: Stacking and Strapping
Once the glass tabletop is safely wrapped and padded, it’s time to load it onto the truck.
When loading, always remember to put the glass tabletop on its side, never on top or at the front.
This will prevent the glass from falling during transport — or from having something drop on to it or being stepped on.
Ensure that you place small straps on the side of the boxes and strap them together. This way, the boxes will not move and bump into each other while in transit.
It is crucial to take note of how to stock the glass table in the truck or trailer. Always place the glass table on its side and never on top or at the front.
When driving, apply the brake gently, especially when going downhill, to avoid creating too much pressure that can cause the glass to break.
Additionally, strap the glass table tightly to prevent it from sliding and bumping into other items.
Step 3: Unpacking
Unpacking a glass table after moving it in a moving truck requires some care and attention to ensure that it is not damaged.
Here are some steps to follow:
Before opening the box, inspect it for any signs of damage or mishandling during the move. If the box looks damaged, open it carefully and check the contents for damage.
Look for a clean and level surface where you can safely unpack the glass table. A carpeted or padded surface is ideal to prevent scratches or cracks.
Open the box carefully and remove the packing materials, such as bubble wrap or moving blankets.
If you disassembled the table before moving, reassemble it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you did not disassemble the table, carefully lift it out of the box.
Use a microfiber cloth and a glass cleaner to clean the glass thoroughly before setting it up. This will ensure that there is no dirt or dust on the glass that can scratch or damage it.
Once you have cleaned the glass, carefully place the table in its designated location. Make sure the surface is level and stable to prevent the table from tipping over.
By following these steps, you can safely unpack your glass table after moving it in a moving truck and protect it from damage.
Storing a Glass Table
When it comes to storing a glass table, there are a few important things to keep in mind to ensure it doesn’t break.
Here are some tips to help you keep your glass table safe and sound:
First, give the glass a good cleaning before storing it. Use a microfiber cloth and a specialized glass cleaner to remove any dirt or dust from the glass top and sides. This will prevent any scratches or damage from occurring during storage.
If possible, try to disassemble the table before storing it. This will make it easier to pack and protect each individual piece.
And when wrapping the glass, use bubble wrap or moving blankets to cushion and protect the table top and any other glass components. Be sure to wrap each piece separately to avoid them rubbing against each other and causing damage.
Consider using a double-wall box for added protection. These boxes are stronger than regular boxes and provide an extra layer of security for your glass table.
Once you’ve packed the box, be sure to label it as “fragile” and “glass” to indicate that it needs to be handled with care.
When storing the box, keep it upright rather than laying it flat. This will prevent any pressure from being applied to the glass, which could cause it to break.
And if you’re storing your glass table for an extended period, choose a climate-controlled storage unit. This will help to prevent any damage to the glass by controlling the temperature and humidity levels.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your glass table remains safe and sound during transport and storage. So go ahead and pack it up with confidence, knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your precious piece of furniture.