Moving Etiquette: Should a Dresser Be Empty When Moving?

Move a stylish chest of drawers in the bedroom

What is the best way to move a dresser?

We get asked a lot of questions about moving. One of the most frequently asked questions is about moving a dresser!

So, we thought we'd write a little bit about it.

Dressers, wardrobes, and desk drawers are super useful for storing all sorts of things, including clothing, papers, jewelry, and other miscellaneous items. However, the more you add to a dresser the heavier it becomes. Plus, most dressers are heavy, to begin with without anything in them to start. On average an empty dresser can weigh between 100 to 150 pounds!

So, the best way to move a dresser includes making it as light as possible.

Do I need to empty the dresser drawers?Can I keep anything in drawers when moving? In short, no.

To make an informed decision about whether to leave items in drawers during a move, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. Let's delve into these aspects more thoroughly.

Firstly, it is true that emptying the drawers of a dresser makes the furniture lighter, which in turn makes it easier to move. Dressers are not specifically designed for frequent relocation, and they can be quite delicate. During the move, one of the most susceptible parts to breakage is the hardware that enables the smooth sliding of drawers. This vulnerability is particularly heightened if the drawers are filled with heavy items. By emptying the drawers, you can minimize the strain on the hardware and reduce the chances of damage.

Another significant factor to consider is the potential risk to the drawers themselves. If the drawers are filled with clothing or other loose and fragile items, the bottoms of the drawers may give way under the weight and cause them to fall out. This can result in damage not only to the drawer but also to the belongings inside. By emptying the drawers, you can alleviate this risk and ensure the safety of your items.

While it is important to take into account the weight and delicacy of dressers, it is equally crucial to consider the safety of your belongings during transport. Fragile items, such as glassware, porcelain pieces, and electronics, require special care and attention during a move. These delicate items can easily break if left inside the drawers, leading to irreparable damage. Additionally, heavy items, such as books or tools, should not be left in the drawers as they contribute to the overall weight and increase the potential for accidents and injuries.

It's also worth noting that loose small items, like office supplies or craft materials, have the propensity to shift during the move. This movement can result in damage to the drawer or the items themselves. Liquids and gels, such as makeup or hair styling products, may leak and cause harm to both the furniture and other belongings. Sharp items, if left in the drawers, can scratch or dent the wood, further compromising the integrity of the dresser.

Lastly, it is essential to exercise caution when it comes to valuable items and important documents. Leaving items of high value, such as jewelry, electronic gadgets, or antique pieces, in the drawers poses a significant risk of loss or damage during the move. Similarly, important documents should never be left in drawers, as their loss or damage can lead to considerable inconvenience and stress.

In summary, taking into account the ease of movement, the safety of your belongings, and the stress on the drawers and hinges, it is strongly recommended to empty the drawers of a dresser before moving it. By doing so, you can minimize the chances of damage to both the furniture and its contents, ensuring a smoother and more secure transition to your new location.

Can I leave anything in the drawers?we only move chest of drawers empty, no clothes or small items allowed in drawers

We understand that some items are small and seem like they would not add a lot of weight to a dresser. However, we advise removing everything.

There is always a small chance that the dresser drawers may open in the truck during the move. If this were to happen, then anything that was inside the drawer may be thrown around inside the truck.

Additionally, movers may need to tip your dresser when moving it downstairs or turn the dresser on its side to get around tricky corners or through doorways. So, it is safer for your items to be elsewhere than to be jostled about inside the drawers.

The safety of your belongings is our top priority. Therefore, we advise you to empty all contents from the drawers before moving them. We advise you to pack them in separate boxes. As a result, we can assure you that your dresser and other possessions arrive safely.

How should I pack the stuff I remove from my dresser?

It is highly recommended to pack clothing in suitcases or small to medium-sized boxes. Other alternatives include plastic totes or even contractor-strength garbage bags. All of these containers are acceptable for moving and storing clothing.

If you are packing away papers, we recommend using a box designed for file folders or file boxes. These work best to keep the papers in shape and from being wrinkled.

In addition, small, fragile, or valuable items should also be wrapped and packed separately, and be sure to mark these boxes as fragile to alert the moves to treat them with extra care.

Do the movers pack and wrap my dresser for the move?

Dressers require protective wrapping to keep them from harm while moving. Our professional movers use heavily padded blankets that are specially made for moving. These protective blankets provide extra padding to your dresser to protect it from scuffs, scratches, and dings during the moving process. So, your dresser will have the extra cushioning it needs.

The moving blanket will then be held in place with either tape or an extra-large rubber band made for moving.

Once the blanket is secured to the dresser, the movers will additionally place shrink wrap around it to pad and secure it. The shrink wrap helps to keep the dresser clean during the move and it makes the dresser easier to grip and therefore easier to move.

Other types of furniture with drawers that should be emptied

Be sure to follow the same guidelines for all of your furniture with drawers. We want to assure you that you and your belongings have a safe moving experience. So, if you are moving any of the following items, be sure to empty the drawers and secure your items.

  • Desk
  • Filing Cabinet
  • Dressers
  • Tables with drawers
  • Beds with drawers
  • Nightstand
  • Armoire
  • Entertainment Center
  • Sideboard
  • China Closet

If you have any concerns about moving or would like to begin the process of getting a moving quote, speak with one of our helpful moving experts.


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