Every antique piece of furniture has a story. It has been witness to life-changing events, emotional turbulence and, occasionally, incomparable historical events. Every antique is a secret-keeper.

Antique Furniture

Often antique furniture items are passed down from one generation to the next, adding layer after layer of emotional attachment and memories each time. These items are both beautiful and valuable – precious family keepsakes that withstand the test of time.

Whether antique furniture is being moved from one home to another or whether it is being relocated to from one museum display to the next, it needs to arrive at its destination without a scratch. The relocation process can be particularly chaotic but this is no excuse. Priceless items need to be protected no matter how challenging the move may be.

Moving antique furniture

How to prepare antique furniture for moving

Inventory your antique furniture:

  • Go from one room to the next, creating a detailed inventory list of the vintage furniture items in your home.

  • Note the name and location of every piece and add in any relevant information you can think of (year and place of manufacturing, craftsman, material, original purpose, first owner, approximate value, etc.)

  • Jot down a clear description of the condition each piece is in and be sure to take photos of every angle.

Get your antique furniture appraised

  • Find an authorized and trustworthy antique furniture appraiser to assess the worth of each item.

  • Keep a few copies of your furniture appraisal at hand to make sure all your bases are covered.

Make sure you have insurance coverage

  • Discuss all of your possible insurance options with an agent and your moving company.

  • Choose liability coverage that covers all of your bases.

  • Your items must be fully insured during every step of the moving process, including transit and storage.


Always plan ahead

  • Find a safe route out of your old home and into your new one.

  • Measure the dimensions of your furniture and the dimensions of any doorways you need to move through.

  • If  your delicate pieces cannot be safely maneuvered in or out, you’ll have to arrange for specialized moving services

  • Create a floor plan of your new home so that you have your antiques taken directly to their rightful locations and avoid shuffling them around several times

  • Check the ambient conditions in your new home and make the necessary adjustments to render them safe for your delicate antique items

Get your furniture ready for the move

  • Empty your furniture pieces, so that they become lighter and easier to carry.

  • Clean them thoroughly several days before the move.

  •  Inspect the furniture closely to identify any weakened elements, loose interior parts, or non-secured pieces.

  • Jot down any special handling requirements that will be necessary.

  • Notify your movers of any relevant information well in advance.

Pack your antiques carefully

  • Remove any detachable elements such as drawers, doors, shelves, legs, or glass panels and pack them separately.

  • Put any screws, nuts, and handles in sealable plastic bags and pack them in the same box as the other furniture components

  • Fix any loose parts, lock doors, use plastic wrap to hold all the furniture parts securely in place

  • Provide at least 3 layers of protection when transporting antique furniture (surface protection, shock protection, and outer protection)

To make sure your antiques are treated with the respect they deserve, contact the Monarch Relocations team for our special services.


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