Moving fine wood furniture can be stressful, whether its modern furniture or an antique. You may be worried about scratches or other damage that could mar the finish. Fortunately, professional movers have the knowledge and skills to move your furniture safely. The following are a few strategies you can implement, with the help of your movers, to further protect your furniture.

Consider crating 

For very delicate pieces, crating can be the best option for a safe move. This is especially true for specialty furniture, such as grandfather clocks. First, check with your moving company to see if they provide crating services for the furniture piece you need to be moved. Generally, most moving companies will provide crating for standard items, such as desks, chairs, or tables, but they may not offer the service for specialty furniture, such as a piano or the aforementioned clock. In this case, you can contact a company that deals in the item, such as a piano store or clock repair service, to see if they can recommend a crating service for the particular item.

Disassemble if necessary

In some cases, disassembly allows you to package and move wooden furniture more safely. Tables are a good example of furniture items that can often be taken apart for easy boxing. In many cases, legs may be detachable, or you can remove leaves. You may also be able to remove decorative touches, such as decorative spindles on the top corners of a hutch, so the delicately carved wooden accents aren't damaged in the move. These can be wrapped and packaged separately for safety. Make sure all hardware and removed small pieces are packaged together and well-labeled so that they are easily found when the movers go to reassemble the furniture.

Use plenty of padding

Whether you buy or rent moving supplies, don't skimp on padding. Unless your move is short, you want to avoid using plastic bubble wrap on wood furniture. The plastic can trap moisture, which can damage the wood's finish or cause it to warp if the furniture remains wrapped for more than a day or two. Heavily-padded moving blankets are a better choice, or you can use foam sheets designed to be wrapped around furniture pieces and taped in place. Make sure all edges and corners are thoroughly covered in padding since this is where damage is most likely to occur.

Contact a moving company for more help.