Moving a glass or marble top table can be a tricky, due to both materials being delicate and prone to scratches, cracks, and shatters. As such, the relocation of such items is best left to a professional mover, one that can optimally pack and move glass or marble furniture so that it reaches its new home in pristine condition.
However, if you must move a marble or glass top table on your own, the following will provide some tips of the trade for packing it safely and securely.
Moving a marble top table
Most marble tables are very heavy and very easy to scratch, therefore a crate is recommended for moving both the top and base of the table separately. A wooden crate can be purchased, or made using the following materials:
- 1×4 pine trim boards six feet in length
- 2×4 boards a foot longer than the length of the table
- one-inch thick foam padding
To make the crate, cut the 1×4s a few inches longer than the width of the table, and cut the 2x4s 1 ½ inches longer than the table length as well. Use them to make a frame, screwing them together with three-inch screws at the corners. Then lay the 1x4s on frame, starting at the edge, and using two-inch screws to attach them to frame. After completing the container, line it with foam padding to keep the table safe and secure, and then pack it with even more foam. To complete the task, screw the remaining 1×4s to the frame, starting at the edge. Again, space the boards so they finish at the edge the same as the other side.
Sound complicated? Fortunately, packing and moving the marble base is much simpler.
Here are the supplies needed:
- large moving pad
- strong packing tape
- shrink wrap
To start, throw a moving pad over the base, and then secure it with rings of tape. Finally, wrap the padded base with shrink wrap for extra protection.
Moving a glass table top
When preparing for a move, you will likely spend weeks collecting sturdy boxes and newspaper to wrap fragile items. However, you will need a lot more than that to wrap and pack a glass tabletop, as large glass objects are heavy, and costly to replace. If broken, they can also be hazardous; all the more reason to trust a professional mover with the task. But for the do-it-yourselfer, here are the items needed:
- packing tape
- packing blanket
- corrugated cardboard
- measuring tape
To start, lay a large, thick packing blanket on the floor, and center a piece of corrugated cardboard a little bigger than the tabletop on it. Then place the tabletop on the cardboard, folding the extra cardboard around the table’s edges. After this, place another piece of cardboard over the tabletop, taping the pieces together around the glass. Finally, fold the blanket over, and wrap it around the tabletop. For added security, wrap the tabletop and blanket with more cardboard.
To conclude, while using a professional, experienced mover to relocate heavy, yet fragile items made of glass or marble is best, with a little ingenuity and a lot of packing material, it can be done by oneself, saving some money from the cost of moving.