Frequently Asked Questions About Moving Pads

If you are preparing to move and/or place your items into storage, you may be considering purchasing moving pads, also known as moving blankets. These blankets can be wrapped around or placed over your belongings, helping to prevent damage to the item. They can be used to prevent scratching or dinging to a wood table during transport or prevent dust from coating a couch while in storage. However, when you go to purchase moving pads, you will find that there are different types of pads available. This may cause you to wonder which one is ideal for you. Here are a few frequently asked questions about moving pads that will help you select the type that is ideal in your situation.

Do I Need to Purchase Moving Pads?

One of the first questions you may have is whether purchasing these pads is your only option. If you are using professional movers for your move, they will typically supply the blankets for use during the move. If you are moving yourself, you may be able to rent the blankets from the company you are purchasing your moving supplies from or renting your moving truck from. It is important to note that most companies only rent these blankets out for short periods of time. As such, if you are looking to use them in storage, you most likely will need to purchase them.

What Factors Should I Consider When Purchasing Moving Blankets?

When it comes to purchasing moving blankets, you have many factors you need to consider. One of the first factors you will need to consider is how often you plan on using the moving pad. If you don't move frequently, moving pads designed to be used one or two times may make sense for you. However, if you move every one to two years, higher grade blankets that are designed to be used more frequently may be ideal in your situation.

Another factor you will have to consider is the thickness of the moving blanket. Some moving blankets are so thin that they are referred to as skins. These blankets are designed to do little more than protect a piece of furniture from dust while in storage. Other moving blankets are very thick. These cushion the item you are wrapping in the blanket or protecting. If you are looking to protect expensive antique furniture, investing in a thicker blanket may make more sense. However, if you are laying the blankets over your wood floor to protect the floor from scuffs and scratches during a move, a heavy blanket may interfere with the use of dollies or other moving equipment. In that case, you will want thinner blankets. Always carefully consider what you are using the blankets for and select the correct thickness of blanket.

The last factor you should consider when selecting a moving blanket is your budget. Moving blankets can drastically range in price based on the blanket's thickness, size and the materials it is made from. Carefully consider your budget and then shop around to find the blankets that best fit your needs while still sticking to your budget.

What's the Difference Between Woven and Non-Woven Pads?

As you shop for moving pads, you will see that some pads are labeled as woven and others are labeled as non-woven. Generally speaking, woven moving pads are heavier-duty, thicker and more costly. Because they are woven, they can withstand repeated use without fraying, ripping or falling apart. Non-woven pads are generally lighter, cheaper and designed for limited-use. Paying attention to the factors above will help you determine whether woven or non-woven pads are ideal for you.

Moving pads can help you protect your home or your belongings during a move, or protect your belongings when they are placed into storage. If you are preparing to move or place your belongings in storage, you may have many questions. Learning whether moving pads need to be purchased, what factors to consider when buying moving pads and the difference between woven and non-woven pads will help you select the moving pads that make the most sense for you during your move.

For more information and options, contact a company that rents out moving supplies, like Route 37 Self-Storage.