How to pack and move lamps and lampshades

When you are moving your entire household, it usually implies that you are moving every single item that you have in your house. Some items are quite easy to pack. For example, when you’re packing your clothes, you just need to wash them, dry and fold them properly for a relocation. On the other hand, there are some fragile articles that you need to pack more carefully. Yes, we are talking about mirrors, pictures, tableware, vases and similar fragile items. However, lamps and lampshades are also quite difficult to relocate. They are also quite fragile and will get damaged if not packed properly. For this reason, here are all the ways to pack and move lamps and lampshades with or without help from Hong Kong movers and packers. 

Pack and move lamps and lampshades with proper packing supplies 

First of all, you cannot pack any items if you don’t have proper moving supplies. When you need to pack your lamps, it would be best to use their original boxes. These boxes are made to transport lamps so you will know your lamps will be safe and well protected inside. However, most people do not keep the original boxes. If you are one of those who actually do keep all the boxes, then you will have no problems packing and relocating your lamps even when moving to UK from Hong Kong. On the other hand, if you do not have them, don’t worry. You can always get packing supplies that will protect your lamps. These would include the following. 

  • Moving boxes 
  • Packing paper  
  • Tape  
  • Foam wrapping, packing peanuts, or any other filler  
  • Plastic bags 
  • Black marker  
  • Twist ties 
colorful lamp next to the window
You should find proper boxes for your lamps

Where to get these supplies? 

Now that you have the list of parking supplies, you need to know where you can get them. First of all, you should ask your moving company. They probably have all types of moving supplies if they offer packing services, including the ones for lamps. In addition to this, usually, you can either buy or rent packing supplies. Unless you plan to move again in a short period of time, it would be better to rent packing supplies. If you want to try to find all these packing supplies by yourself, you should search on the internet first. Usually, people give away their packing supplies after the relocation. They either sell supplies or they will give them away for free. As for moving boxes, you can visit local supermarkets and get cardboard boxes. However, be careful they are big enough and in good condition.

Pack and move lamps and lampshades by dismantling them  

You should not move your lamps if you do not dismantle them first. It is going to be very risky if you skip this step because your lamps will easily get damaged. For this reason, it is time to take your lamps apart. Make sure to dismantle only one lamp at a time. Otherwise, you will likely misplace some of the parts so you will have a hard time assembling your lamps after the relocation. In order to avoid this, you should clear out one table. Take one lamp at a time and dismantle it. If you do not know how to do it, you can read the manual if you still have it. If not, you can search on the internet for tutorials on how to dismantle the lamps. Usually, all the lamps have similar shapes and pieces. So, you can apply the same tutorial to every lamp you own. 

two lamps on the table
Make sure to dismantle lamps

How to dismantle the lamp properly 

First of all, you need to unscrew and remove the finial at the top of your lamp. When you remove this piece, you can remove the lampshade. Then, you need to remove the light bulb and the metal band that holds the lampshade. Then, you should put all the hardware into one plastic bag, secure the bag, and label it clearly so you will know what is inside. After this, you should tie every single loose cord so they would not make problems during transport. Then, you should use bubble wrapping to protect every delicate piece from bending or getting scratches. You also need to secure bubble wrapping with tape. After you have every piece properly secured, labeled, it is time to put them inside the box. You can put more than one lamp inside, but make sure they are properly labeled. 

Guide to packing the boxes 

Packing your lamps and lampshades into boxes is not so simple. You cannot just put them inside the box and call it a day. First of all, you have to make sure not to overstuff the boxes. This means you have to leave some empty space in the box. However, you still need to fill this space with something else. This is where you will use packing peanuts. Packing peanuts will make sure your items inside the box will not be able to move during transport and also will prevent any contact between items inside the box. This is important if you want to avoid having your items damaged during transport. You can never fully predict the road conditions during the transport. For this reason, you have to mobilize your items and prevent any movement inside the box. Shake your box slightly to see if you did a good job. 

white lamp
Be careful when packing your lamps

Transporting lamps 

Lastly, you need to transport your lamps to your new address. If you pack and move lamps and lampshades properly, transporting them would be a piece of cake. Make sure to label your box. It would be wise to write fragile with capital letters so your movers will know to handle this box carefully. If you are the one loading the moving truck, then make sure to place the box containing lamps on the top of heavy boxes. If you plan to store your lamps, make sure to get climate-controlled storage. Make sure to avoid storing them in your basement or garage. 

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