Furniture Shipping

Furniture Shipping

At Pack and Post, we know that furniture is important. Not only does it represent a serious investment, it is also very personal. Some furniture represents years of family history, some represents years of searching for the perfect piece. Whether you are an owner who is moving, a seller who needs dependable delivery, or a buyer who has recently made an exciting purchase, getting your items from one place to another in perfect condition is paramount.

You can get a quick, accurate furniture shipping quote today by calling 855.322.9684 (call 24 hours a day), or you can use our online form. If you are shipping an unusual or large piece, or something that you consider to be extraordinary, just give us the dimensions. Feel free to email us a picture of your item, to give us a good idea of the exact size. We will get you an accurate furniture shipping quote within 24 hours.

The professional furniture shipping team is comfortable with any item you can imagine, and we specialize in items that are bulky, heavy, and often considered “not moveable”. Our service is complete, including the delivery, and can include international destinations. We focus on helping our clients with every step, from packing to unpacking.

Home Furnishings

If you can think of it, we can help you pack it and ship it, securely and safely.

  • Tables, plant stands, end tables
  • Couches, sofas, divans, loveseats, ottomans
  • Chairs, rocking chairs, loungers
  • Beds, sleeper sofas, bunk beds, captain’s beds
  • Book cases, baker’s racks, sideboards
  • Display cases, TV cases, entertainment centers
  • Dressers, nightstands, highboys, dry sinks, chests of drawers
  • Gun cabinets, safes
  • Armoires, free-standing bars
  • Rugs, fine carpets, draperies

Large and Bulky

These are the items we enjoy: a challenge to the average shipper. Don’t leave something behind or decide not to purchase because shipping could be a hassle; we can make sure it will be a breeze.
  • Pianos
  • Chest-on-Chests
  • Pool Tables
  • Corner desks
  • Buffets
  • Pews and railroad benches
  • Chandeliers

Appliances

If you are moving an entire estate or household, you will want everything moved carefully at once. Sometimes you just need an appliance relocated. We have the skill and experience to get your appliances from one place to the next with no bent pipes or connections, ready-to-install on arrival.
  • Refrigerators
  • Washers and driers
  • Dishwashers
  • Custom stoves
  • Outdoor kitchens and barbeques

Antiques

Very little will make a furniture owner as nervous as moving something that has survived 100, 200, or even 500 years. Many of these articles are no longer made, or were made with quality components that are impossible to replace. With over 28 years of experience in shipping, especially moving fine art and antiques, we can assure you that our team will know exactly how to wrap, pack, and protect any precious, unusual item you may want relocated.

  • Curved glass display cabinets
  • Lawyer’s bookcases with hinged glass fronts
  • China cabinets and hutches
  • Escritoires, étagères, library desks
  • Wardrobes, armoires, pieces with parquetry and inlays
  • Mirrored dressers, standing mirrors
  • Claw-foot bathtubs
  • Cast iron stoves
  • Floor lamps with delicate crystals or glass

Office Equipment

Whether you are moving a home office or an entire business suite, your office furniture, equipment, and fixtures are an important investment. We can move your entire IT department if you like!

  • Rolling chairs and desks
  • Drafting tables
  • Conference tables
  • Receptionist counters, partners’ desks
  • Bookshelves and storage cabinets
  • Electronics and computers
  • Cubicle partitions

Services

  • White Glove Service

    This is the same level of gentle care as we use for museums. It takes into consideration the factors that can damage furniture, like humidity, dust, or heat.
  • Expedited Service

    Need to get your item shipped fast? We will provide overnight and other expedited shipping.
  • Custom containment

    We custom build crates from corrugated cardboard or wood, with double-walls or reinforced padding, to suit any item.
  • Any location or method

    Ground, Air, and Ocean – whether you need domestic or international shipping, we know the benefits and abilities of all carriers.
  • Always full service!

    We provide full retrieval and delivery from and to any location. We don’t just drop things at the curb or a warehouse, leaving the rest to you. We can pack and load, as well. Whatever is needed.
  • Documentation

    We will provide full documentation for customs, compliance, and brokerage, and create a clear record to support every transaction for insurance, work compensation or legal purposes.
  • Tips for Shipping Furniture

    Get Details up Front

    Make sure your measurements are accurate. Estimating the shipping weight of some pieces can be a challenge, since you can’t step on a scale while holding the sofa. Using a moving weight estimator can help. Weight Estimator Bear in mind that the materials will also play a factor; a wicker settee will be much lighter than one made from walnut or mahogany. If you need assistance, give us a call; also, let us know if the weight you provide is an estimate (as opposed to actual weight from a catalog, for example.) Knowing the exact dimensions of your items allows us to give you the best packing and shipping quote up front. Sometimes an inch in size can mean a different vehicle or kind of crating will be needed for shipping a piece.

    Know Your Options

    Consider the different methods for shipping furniture, the time they take, and what will be best for you. Different carriers may have different limitations. For example, large trucks may not always gain access to residential locations.

    Learn the Costs

    Understand any fees and charges that may be associated with shipping a particular item, for example, some carriers may charge extra to provide a two-man crew to handle larger items properly. If special ramps or lifts are needed, this could make a difference. Each mode of transport has different industry standards. We want you to fully understand the quote we give you, and not just see a number, but what it represents in terms of the quality and service provided.

    Insure Adequately

    Make sure you have an accurate description of your piece, and know its fair market and replacement values. In some cases, this is easy, if you have just bought or sold the item. In others, such as in the case of an heirloom, you may need to consult an appraiser, or do some research to find out what like items are selling for today. Taking a few pictures and writing down the provenance, or history, of an item will help you in working with any insurer or adjuster. A complete description can be vital. For example an “old table” does not tell us as much as a “gate-leg, barley-twist, 19th century oak table with cherry stain.” Some shipping carriers have coverage limits, and in some cases you may want additional insurance for a special item. We can provide you with licensed, professional appraisers if you need one. These have access to sales and auction records, and are specialists in furniture. They can assist in making sure your coverage is complete.

    Know the Rules

    Be aware of restrictions and regulations that may affect your international shipping. Each country will have their own specific export, import, and customs regulations. Duties, taxes, and other fees will also vary depending on the locations involved.

    Be Organized and Communicate

    Have a coordinated plan when it comes to pick up times, delivery times, and all the parties involved who may need to meet. Let both your shipping carrier or broker know about special requirements up front, and be sure to give them ample contact information, such as cell phone numbers, email, and land line options for all the parties that will be involved. Timing can be very important to the success of a furniture shipment. Any delays or changes in the schedule should be communicated to everyone as soon as possible, so everything will go as planned.

    Types of Furniture Shipping Companies

    Freight

    Furniture is usually categorized under the heading of “household goods” by freight companies and couriers. A shipment can be LTL, which means less-than-truckload, indicating that your furniture will share transport with other items, and may stop at different warehouses and locations along the way. You will also hear about truckload freight, which means you have a truck dedicated only to your furniture, which will go straight from the point of origin to the destination. Air Freight moves more quickly than standard freight, but does not necessarily mean it is flown in an aircraft.

    Blanket Wrap

    A blanket wrap carrier will wrap each item by hand. Any flaws or damage will be noticed immediately, rather than what happens in the case of a package or crate, where it may not be seen until it’s opened. Blanket wrap generally has lower labor costs, and is environmentally friendly, since blankets and equipment are re-used. In some cases, cling wrap may be used rather than a blanket, to prevent drawers from sliding open, for example.

    Van Lines

    Van lines usually use actual vans or trucks which are designed for carrying specific kinds of cargo, but may also employ shipping containers. These will offer packing and crating, but sometimes also allow you the option of doing your own packing, although this is more risky. Vans often have special fixtures for handling tall furniture securely, padded walls, and come with specialized equipment for moving heavy and awkward objects, such as pianos.

    Because Pack and Post is a brokerage we have a complete understanding of all these options and more. Like a travel agent, we can often get the best rates as packing and shipping companies compete for our business. We are familiar with the carriers and can select the one best suited to the job. We are experts at logistics planning, packing and shipping of precious items, and coordinating the entire project from start to finish.

    Pack and Ship has over 28 years of experience, and all the tools for every job. Many galleries, fine auction houses, collectors, businesses and custom designers choose us as their primary shipper because they know the quality and professionalism we bring to every job. No furniture piece is too big or too small. If you need a fine piece of furniture shipped, we can help you have a stress-free experience. Call now at 855.322.9684 or use our convenient, fast form for a personalized quote!