How To Wrap and Pack a Couch For Moving: A Brief Guide

How To Pack a Couch For Moving

Although sofas and couches aren’t the largest pieces of furniture in your house, packing them for moving can be quite a tricky task because they usually need to be transported with little to no disassembly.

To ensure that this particular piece of furniture reaches its new destination safely, you need to make sure that you wrap and prepare it properly for moving, and that’s where this guide comes in handy!

In this article, I’ll show you how to wrap and pack a couch for moving in a brief step-by-step guide. Let’s jump right in!

Table of Contents

Step 1: Choose the Right Wrapping Material for Your Couch

The first thing you need to do in order to move a couch is to get the necessary supplies for the job.

Ideally, a properly packed couch needs to be wrapped with shock-absorbing material as well as a protective blanket that is fixed with some tape.

The type of wrap you’re going to use depends on the material of the couch. For example, you can use plastic wrap if the couch in question is upholstered.

However, if the couch is made of leather, you can also use packing bubble wrap or paper packing wrap to prevent moisture buildup on the couch.

As for the blanket, you can either use a quilted moving blanket or any old blanket in your house that can provide similar protection.

Step 2: Detach Any Removable Parts of the Couch

Before wrapping or packing your couch, you should first remove and detach any extra parts of the couch. This includes all removable cushions and pillows as well as any detachable legs or arms.

This doesn’t only make the couch lighter while moving but also reduces the number of moving parts while packing and transporting, which protects these parts from damage.

It also makes carrying your couch through doorways and tight hallways much easier as well and will help prevent you from damaging your walls in the process.

Similarly, if your couch is made of different sections, make sure that you wrap them individually.

Step 3: Package Removable Items Separately

After detaching all removable items, you might want to wrap and package these items before heading on to the main part of the couch. Put small pillows and cushions in one box and label them to make them easier to find when you reach your new destination.

If the pillow of the couch is too large to fit in boxes, you can wrap them and pack them individually, which also serves as a good drill before wrapping the large couch.

You can either wrap these pillows individually or in groups. Surround them with wrapping paper, bubble wrap, or plastic wrap, then secure them with tape. Covering them with a moving blanket is optional.

For any detachable part on the couch, such as legs, make sure that you use labels and pictures in order to put them back where they should be when you arrive.

Step 4: Surround The Couch with Wrapping Material

Movers Carrying a Couch Wrapped In Plastic
Wrapping your couch protects it from dirt, dust, snaps and rips. Totally worth the time and effort involved. (Photo Credit: Andrey_Popov /

For starters, you might want to turn your couch upside down in order to make it easier to wrap. However, if there’s someone to help you with the wrapping, you might now need that.

To wrap the couch properly, unroll your wrapping material and put it on one side of the couch, then move all the way to the other side while unrolling more wrap.

You can either use a small piece of tape to secure the wrapping material on one side as you move to the other or ask someone else to hold it as you go.

If your wrapping material is large enough to cover the whole couch, you can wrap it in smaller sections.

Make sure that you wrap the materials at least twice for further protection so that the first round is horizontal and the second is vertical.

If you’re using plastic wrap, it’ll adhere to itself, but if you’re using paper or bubble wrap, you might want to secure it with a piece of tape.

Step 5: Pad the Wrapped Couch with Blankets

Wrapping the couch keeps it compact and easy to move but it might not be enough for protection, and that’s why you should also use a moving blanket for transportation.

Another benefit of wrapping the couch is that it makes it much easier to drape the whole thing with blankets. You can use multiple smaller blankets as long as nothing is hanging loose or sticking out.

Step 6: Secure the Couch with Tape

By now, the couch is safe to move around but the blankets may fall apart, which is why you need to secure the whole couch with some tape.

You don’t need to go overboard with the tape.

Instead, you should go one or two rounds from one side to the other, then do multiple smaller vertical rounds for every section of the couch. The goal here is to make sure that the blanket won’t fall while moving.

Step 7: Load the Couch on Moving Truck

One Person Trying to Move a Couch
Moving a couch by yourself is hard. Get a friend to help!

This step requires some extra hands, so make sure that you have another person to carry the couch from the other end and help you navigate smoothly and carefully as you move through hallways.

In some cases, you might need to unhinge your doors in order for the couch to pass through the doorway.

While loading the couch on the truck, make sure that it sits as it should, so don’t load it vertically, and make sure that you secure your couch in place using ropes and ratchets.

Lastly, avoid putting other items on top of the couch because it can damage the wrapping, which puts the couch at risk while moving it to your new place.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! A brief guide that shows you how to wrap and pack a couch in order to move it!

As you can see, moving a couch is a relatively easy job, provided that you use the right materials to protect its structure and have someone to help you with the navigation towards the moving truck.

If your couch is a bit too heavy with little to no removable parts, it’s recommended that you leave the job to professional movers in order to get the job done without damaging the couch.

Find this guide helpful? We also have tips on how to move to your TV as well. Even, if you don’t have a box to put it in. With your couch and TV in your new home safe and sound, you’ll be ready for a Netflix binge session to relax after a long move.


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.

Recent Posts