How to Wrap a Sofa-Bed for Moving and Storage With Moving Blankets

Wrapping a sofa bed for moving with moving blankets requires some skill and experience. Sofas, and especially sofa-beds, are bulky and heavy furniture. If you do not have experience, wrapping a sofa bed with moving blankets it is probably better left for professional household movers on the move day. On the other hand, a Quilted Sofa Cover can easily be used for moving a couch, and then reused to cover a sofa for long term storage, protection from dirt, dust, pet claws, fading from sun exposure, etc. Regular sofas normally do not present much of a challenge, because even though they are large – they are light-weight, but a large heavy sofa-bed might cause you trouble on the move day.

Before you attempt to move your sofa:

Before wrapping a sofabed (“hide-a-bed” couch) for moving, make sure that the sofa can fit through the doors and can be safely moved out and brought into your new home. Try to remember if the sofa bed was moved in as one piece or if it was assembled inside. Was there any remodeling done, that might have narrowed the hallway?

If you think that the sofa would not fit through the door, call the original store or sofa-bed manufacturer and see if they can come and disassemble it for you and then reassemble in the new place. This service might cost around $175.00 and it is well worth it.

Bear in mind that the blanket wrap will add an inch or two to the dimensions of your sofa and this can make a big difference. Sometimes it is better to just move the sofa out as is and then wrap it in the moving truck. Most of the time experienced movers can maneuver the sofa-bed out by skillfully rotating it around the corners and carrying it through doorways just at the right angle. But that is not always the case and forcing the sofa through a tight spot is the recipe for moving damage, which can be done to the sofa itself or to the walls and doors of your home.

Prepare sofa-bed for wrapping:

So how to wrap the sofa bed correctly as professional movers do?

First, inspect your sofa-bed. Some are constructed with solid padded sections under the fabric, in others the fabric is stretched over a hollow frame.

NOTE: if the sofa-bed with hollow frame is incorrectly laid on its back on a moving dolly, the frame may crack under the weight of the sofa-bed. Also, if you load anything heavy on or against one of these hollow sections – the fabric might deform permanently and this will damage the sofa.

Take cushions off the sofa. You want to make the sofa as light as possible, especially if you have to carry it up or down the stairs. Place the cushions in a wardrobe box or tie up together by a strap or rope facing each other.

To avoid wrinkling of the “Skirt” of a couch – lift the skirting and rubber band it loosely against the fabric. (NOTE: very tight rubber band or tape can leave an impression or dent in naugahyde and velvet finishes.)

Next, if this is a sofa bed – tie up the bed frame to the sofa frame. You can use any type of packing rope, moving strap, or make a tie up out of a packing tape.

Cover sofa with moving blankets.

Now it is time to start wrapping. It takes 4 moving blankets of regular size (72 x 80 inches) to cover a sofa bed.

Move the sofa away from the wall so you can walk around it. Place the first blanket to cover the front down to the floor (allow enough to go under the bottom) and just to fold over the back.

Place the second blanket to cover the back. Make sure to allow enough blanket to cover the bottom under the sofa and somewhat overlap over the front blanket.

Now place one blanket on each side, making sure it covers the sides and the back and front corners and has enough to go under the bottom. These moving blankets would overlap the front and back blankets. At this point your sofa should be completely covered in blankets.

To secure the moving blankets on the sofa you can use rubber bands or tape.

NOTE: If you are wrapping sofa in the moving truck or it is possible to just roll it out on a moving dolly – rubber bands would suffice. But if you are planning to maneuver the sofa-bed through the doorway or move the couch down the stairs, you have to use packing tape. Rubber bands do not provide sufficient hold and blankets can slip off the sofa. Mover would have no “grip” on the sofa to carry it.

Securing moving blankets on the Sofa.

Start taping the blankets on sofa in the middle (vertical), somewhere half the total height of the sofa and then go along the seating area from side to side. Starting just under the armrests and going along the frame right under the seat from one side to the other. Make sure to tuck and fold loose corners of the blanket neatly around the corners of the sofa and catch them with tape, so they cover the sofa sides and corners properly and do not hang loose. This will hold all four blankets in position. Go around over the same layer of tape at least 4 -5 times. This will provide strong support for carrying the sofa.

Next, roll the tape around the armrests to secure side blankets in place then, go along the back of sofa. At this point you should have the blankets secured the long way.

Now stand the sofa up on its side and wrap across in at least three sections: right over the armrests, and in the middle. For very long sofas make two midsection bands to catch the edges of the side blankets. Fold the excess of the moving blankets over the bottom. (There is no need to cover the whole bottom, unless you want to, but it is important to cover the corners.) Remove the legs, if removable. If legs cannot be removed – wrap and tape the moving blanket around the legs of the sofa-bed. Flip the sofa and do the same for the other side.

Now your sofa-bed is wrapped and ready to go.

How to wrap a sofa bed using a sofa cover.

If wrapping sofa bed with moving blankets sounds like a lot of work – get a quilted sofa cover. Quilted sofa covers are made out of the same premium quilted moving blanket material and have three tie ups at the bottom.

The whole process becomes very simple: cover the sofa with a sofa cover, stand it up on its side, or lay on the back and tie the tie ups together.

Tips:

1 – if you have a light colored upholstered sofa – place a plastic sofa cover first before wrapping with moving blankets.

2 – to make a tie out of a packing tape – unroll as much tape as you can with your arms stretched. Then fold it sticky surface in. Squeeze the tape so it sticks to itself – now you can tie up your sofa bed frame securely.

3 – if you have a leather sofa – use cardboard corners to protect the edges and corners of the sofa.

4 – Do not put sofa on blankets, put moving blankets on sofa! You might have seen recommendation to put blankets on the floor first and then put sofa on top of the blanket to wrap it. Doing it this way is very inefficient, labor intensive and time consuming. (Time is money, especially when you hire movers. And in this case what is good for mover is not necessarily good for you). This method requires additional floor space to lay down blankets, while the sofa is still occupying its own space. Then you need a helper to put the sofa on the blanket and to keep the falling ends of the blanket up when you try to tape them. And last, but not least the sofa bed legs (if not removed) will create holes and destroy the blanket when the sofa is pushed around in the moving truck.

Microfiber Sofas – Tips on Choosing the Perfect One

A sofa could be a major investment and one of the largest pieces of furniture in your living room, so you have to take many things into consideration before purchasing your perfect microfiber sofa.

Things to Consider Before Buying your Sofa:

Fitting into Your Home
The most important factor to take into consideration is the size of the sofa and the space you have available for it in your living room or the area where it would be standing, especially the width and the depth. Start by measuring the room and remember to also measure the doorframes and staircases your sofa should fit through when you bring your sofa home.

Depth and Softness for Comfort
The depth of the sofa plays a major role in the comfort of your couch and depending on your preference, lying or sitting on the sofa, you should take it into consideration as well. If you prefer cuddling and sleeping on you sofa, look for a deep sofa for extra comfort. Softer sofas are usually more comfortable for lying and snuggling while a stiffer cushion will be advised if you prefer sitting upright for reading or working on your laptop.

Seating
If you buy a microfiber sofa for your home and you want it for the comfort of yourself and your family, look for a two or three seater. If you need more seats, you might consider a microfiber sectional sofa instead, seating many people at once.

The Fabric
Sofas set the style of the room they are in. The fabric you choose for your sofa determines the comfort and the style of your sofa. Softer microfiber fabrics, like plush or chenille, adds comfort to your sofa while crisp and smooth materials have a neater and tidier look. Think about the style of the room your sofa will be standing in and then choose between a modern microfiber sofa or a contemporary microfiber sofa.

Covers for your sofa
Covers for your sofa would be recommended if your sofa is a light color, you have kids or if you occasionally have dinner on your sofa. Having a spare cover could save you money and humiliation rather than having to replace your sofa after a while. Covers are not that expensive and could be handy if you change the color scheme of the room and just need to get a new matching sofa cover instead of buying an entire new sofa.

Color
Be sure to find a color that fits and compliments your room. Sofas come in a great variety of colors and patterns and you should choose very wisely. You will most probably not find a perfect match for the material of your other furniture, but they should coordinate and look good together. When choosing a color for you sofa, think practical. Your new couch could look disastrous after a few months if you chose a white sofa and your little one wipes his chocolate fingers on it or your puppy jumps on it with muddy paws. Black or very dark colors are not recommended if you have animals living on the couch and leaving their hair behind. So, think about who and what the sofa will be used for before choosing a color.

Durability
The durability of your sofa depends on three things: The material or fabric that it is made of, the quality of the construction and the treatment it’s going to get from its owners. Take these things into consideration before buying or choosing your perfect sofa.

A sofa could be your best or worse furniture investment, so take your time and shop around and choose wisely – you should be as comfortable with your choice as your sofa is comfortable to its users.

Microfiber Corner Sofas – The Different Styles

Corner sofas are one of the most demanded types of sofas because they are extremely space efficient. Corner sofas offer a great alternative if you need additional seating room but are short of space. They could easily be adapted You can arrange your corner sofa to fit basically any room, especially lobbies and other small rooms.

Before buying a microfiber corner sofa you should start by measuring the largest piece of the set as well as the dimension of the corner where the couch is to be placed in. Their compact design often make these sofas appear far smaller than what they really are.

There are several styles of corner sofas available, including:

Corner Sofa Beds
Corner sofa beds are great types of sofas because of their extreme space efficiency. Corner sofa beds can be easily attached to other pieces of furniture to make an extra bed whenever needed. A corner sofa bed is especially suited for small rooms where it emulates the feeling of a lot of free space.

The L shape Corner sofa
The L shape corner sofa can help to give your living room an elegant look while providing you with great comfort, style and grace at the same time. L shaped sofas can fit perfectly into the corner of a room and therefor are often referred to as corner sofas, accentuating the charm and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of any living room.

Armless corner sofas.
The great thing about armless corner sofas is that they can be combined with other sofas to create an even greater sectional sofa with additional seating.

You might also find it convenient to group sofas by the style of their backs. You will find that all sofas can be grouped into four back-style categories:

Tight Back
Tight back sofas have the firmest seat as their sprung backs have no pillows for you to sink into and you tend to sit upright in these sofas. Tight back sofas stay neat looking because they have no back pillows to straighten.

Attached Pillow Back
They offer softer seats but still maintains a neat and tidy look with their pillows that are sewn onto the inside back of the sofa, preventing them from shifting around.

Loose Pillow Back
The seating comfort is moderately firm but, as with all styles, will vary based on the depth of the sofa and the quality of the filling in the cushions. Loose Pillow Back sofas usually have the same number of back and seat cushions, allowing for fabric matching of stripes and plaids. In this case the back pillows are reversible and can usually be unzipped for re-stuffing.

Multi Pillow Back or Scatter Back corner sofas
Multi Pillow Back sofas, also called Scatter Back sofas, have more back pillows than seat pillows. These sofas tend to sit softly and are often deeper than other designs. The back pillows can be arranged to accommodate people of varying heights. The pillows are tossed randomly across the back for a more casual look.

Other choices of a primarily decorative nature include the base and arm designs. Base treatments include skirted, upholstered leg, plinth base and bun feet.

After choosing the style of the corner sofa, a fabric must be chosen. Here you are advised to carefully consider the manner in which the sofa is to be used, as the cost of reupholstering a sofa is close to that of a new one. Microfiber is the best choice for any person with pets or children in their homes because microfiber fabrics are usually more stain-resistant and easier to clean and has a higher resistance to abrasion if you tend to get a lot of use out of the corner sofa you have chosen.