Moving Etiquette: Should Dresser Drawers Be Empty?

Move a stylish chest of drawers in the bedroom

What is the best way to move a dresser with drawers?

We get asked a lot of questions about moving etiquette. How to move a dresser with drawers is our most frequently asked question!

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

In short, yes please empty the dresser drawers before moving day. There are actually a few reasons your drawers need to be empty when moving a dresser.

Firstly, because it makes the dresser lighter, this makes it is easier to move.

Secondly, is that dressers are not actually made to be moved. As a result, dressers are fairly delicate pieces of furniture. The hardware in the dresser which makes the drawers slide easily is one of the most common parts that are prone to breakage during a move. This is especially true if the drawers are not empty and heavy during the move. The other common part that is prone to breakage is the bottom of the drawers. The bottoms of your drawers may fall out if the drawers are filled with clothing or other loose or fragile items.

In summary, for the reasons of ease of movement, the safety of your belongings arriving unharmed, and reducing the stress on the drawers and hinges, we make it mandatory that dressers be empty when moved.


Can I leave anything in the chest of drawers when moving out?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 of 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 content from 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 items I remove from my dresser drawers?

Young woman packing wardrobe boxes on moving day

It is highly recommended to pack clothing in suitcases or small to medium size 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, always remove small, fragile, or valuable items. They should be wrapped and packed separately, and be sure to mark these boxes as fragile to alert the moves to treat them with extra care.


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

dresser gets blanket wrapped and padded

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. This extra cushioning also secures the dresser drawers shut when moving. So, there is again less chance of damage from opening and closing of the drawers in transit.

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

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

    moving an executive desk

  • Cabinets
  • 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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