How To Pack Chairs in a Moving Truck (5 Easy Steps)

How To Pack Chairs in a Moving Truck

A fresh start doesn’t always come easy. Nevertheless, if you plan ahead, things should go by much smoother.

Packing your furniture in a moving truck can feel like a real-life Tetris game. A game that is much easier to win if you’re prepared with a list of your belongings.

One of the more challenging (and most resembling an actual block on Tetris) items to pack are chairs. They come in all different shapes and sizes, so it might be trickier to pack them than other items.

Stick around, because we can help by giving you a simple rundown on how to pack chairs in a moving truck.

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5 Steps to Pack Your Chairs in a Moving Truck

Your top priority before beginning your packing process is to limit the space that your belongings will take. There are numerous methods to guide you through that. Check out our step-by-step guide to help you pack your chairs and other furniture.

Step 1: Take Apart Your Chairs

Disassembling Dining Room Chairs

Whether you have a patio recliner, dining stool, or a desk chair, disassembling them will give you more space in the truck to fit your other furniture. We recommend you take apart most of your furniture a few days before the moving truck arrives to also save some time.

If you’re unsure of how you can dismantle your chairs, here’s a quick how-to below.

How to Disassemble Your Chairs

Although there are countless types of chairs in your home, most can be disassembled in a similar fashion. Let’s find out how to do that.

  • If you’re packing a lounge chair, you need to first take out all of the cushions stuck to it. Detach the arms from the back and seat areas of your chair. You’re likely to find screws attaching them, so use an appropriate screwdriver to remove the arms.
  • Next, you’ll want to turn over your chair and remove the legs. You might find your legs either disconnected from each other or tied to a middle connector. Use the screwdriver to disengage all your chair legs.
  • In some chairs, you can disconnect the seat from its back. If you find bolts connecting them, you can directly unscrew them. If there aren’t any visible bolts or connectors, then leave it since it’s likely joined to one part.

Step 2: Prepare Your Moving Tools

You can’t pack your chairs and furniture without providing them with some sort of protection. The road can be bumpy and you might want to take extra precautions with some fragile chairs.

You’re going to need some tools to alleviate your packing process. For instance, you could get a moving dolly if you have some large and heavy chairs lying around. You can also use straps to keep your chairs in place.

Like all your other furniture, your chairs need to be armored and well-prepped for their long journey.

We recommend you get furniture pads, paper padding, and bubble wrap to ensure your chairs’ safety. You want your chairs to be nice and cushioned from their surroundings. Use your packing tape to secure the pads on your chair for maximum protection.

Finally, you wouldn’t want to put your chairs and furniture on the truck’s bare floor. A plastic tarp should be good enough to cover it.

Step 3: Protect Your Chairs

Covering a Chair in Plastic Wrap

Before moving your chairs in the moving truck, you should use the materials you’ve gathered in the previous step to wrap your chairs.

All your disassembled pieces should be covered. You can use bubble wrap on your chairs’ separated arms and legs. For the body, use furniture pads or paper pads. After wrapping each part, remember to make use of your packing tape to keep everything in place.

Step 4: Load Your Chairs Into the Moving Truck

It’s finally time to move your chairs inside the moving truck. We recommend starting heavy and large first. This will help in maximizing your packing space for your remaining small and medium furniture pieces.

If you’re packing other hefty appliances like dishwashers or refrigerators, those should go in first and make sure they’re upright. Large sofa or lounge chairs can be moved to the back of your truck as well.

Try to place your smaller items over your large ones. Otherwise, the heavy ones might lose balance and risk causing damage to your other, surrounding furniture.

You can keep your chair bodies upright and put their disassembled arms and legs on top of them. Alternatively, you could place their arms and legs in a separate box along with other belongings, if you’re not packing that many chairs.

If your chairs are foldable, you can easily put them in any empty spaces after you’ve packed your furniture in the moving truck.

Step 5: Strap in Your Chairs

Like a seatbelt, you can use straps to secure your chairs in the moving truck so they wouldn’t go flying about and risk any damage.

If you want to reduce your packing costs, there’s always the option to rent out your strapping gear from the moving company you’re with.

General Packing Tips for a Smoother Moving Experience

While the packing and loading may seem straightforward, there are always ways that can help make the ordeal easier on you. Check out some of our tips below.

  • Ask for your friends’ help. After all, four hands are better than two. Not only will this save you energy, but also man-hours. The less time the better, since it all counts in your truck rental.
  • Always consider the size of your truck compared to what you’ll be loading. If you’re moving from a relatively small apartment, then a ten-foot moving truck should be best. Otherwise, 15-20 ft moving trucks would be more appropriate for medium to large apartments.
  • When placing your boxes in, you could make an emergency box filled with a first-aid kit or other handy tools like a screwdriver. Make sure the box is accessible in your truck.

To Conclude

Packing your chairs doesn’t need to be a hassle. Hopefully, after going through our step-by-step guide, things should seem a notch easier to you.

Just remember that the key to successfully packing your chairs in a moving truck is to have everything planned. Once you do, taking apart your chairs, loading them, and transporting them to your new place should be a breeze.


I've been a college coach for going on 20 years now and that career has led Jen and I on quite the journey. We've lived in 7 different states and have moved a dozen different times. We've learned A LOT over the course of all those moves and we want to pass on our knowledge to help others going through the moving process.

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