The Best Way To Ship Dining Room Chairs

Posted in Shipping on Mar 01, 2017, tagged with furniture, how to, infographic

When it comes to furniture shipping, figuring out how to ship dining room chairs can pose a bit of a challenge for several reasons:

  • First, they are odd-shaped and too big to fit in any standard-size shipping box.
  • Second, they may be very valuable, very heavy, or both.
  • Finally, depending on the materials used to make them, dining room chairs can be damaged not only by impact, but also by extreme environmental conditions experienced in transit.

If you're searching for the best method for shipping your dining room set or simply the chairs, look no further. To help you ensure your chairs arrive in good condition, we'll take a look at best practices for dining room furniture shipping.

Selecting a Carrier

Whether your dining room chairs are being shipped alone or are as part of a full moving job, your best option is an LTL (less-than-truckload) freight company — that is, one that specializes in transporting items that fill less than a full truck trailer. Hiring a full-truck shipper for the volume of items in question is overkill and would be cost-prohibitive.

At the other end of the spectrum, parcel shippers are not a good option because the dining room chairs are likely to be too heavy and too large for economical rates — if the parcel shipper is able to handle them at all. When it comes to LTL shippers, not all of them are equally suited to the job. The things to look for in the LTL carrier you engage include:

  • Specialization 
    Some LTL carriers specialize in residential moving, and others, such as Transit Systems, take it a step further and specialize in the moving of awkward/heavy/odd-shaped/valuable items. As dining room chairs fall into this category, a specialist with experience handling and stowing these items gives you the best efficiency and quality — thus saving you money and increasing the likelihood your chairs will arrive at their destination in the same condition they were in when loaded on the truck.
  • Logistics
    Your pickup and delivery points make a big difference in terms of cost of delivery time. Carriers such as Transit Systems, with a national network of vehicles, are able to offer fast and efficient service pretty much anywhere in the continental U.S. However, if an LTL is local, or doesn’t have regular routes to your destination, your dining room shipping will likely be delayed because the carrier has to wait for other orders to your destination area to fill out the truck trailer. This stretches the delivery time (and may make the delivery date uncertain), and also may add cost as your chairs sit in a transfer warehouse.
  • Insurance 
    If your dining room chairs are antiques and/or expensive, you’ll want to make sure your carrier is properly insured against damage. All LTL carriers have insurance, but the terms and conditions of coverage vary. Check the details to spot gaps in coverage. You can obtain additional coverage through a third party if necessary, or in some cases the carrier can obtain additional coverage directly. Proper shipping insurance gives you peace of mind and prevents unpleasant surprises at the end of the move.

How to Pack Dining Room Chairs

Since they can be tricky to pack up, we're often asked how to properly package dining room chairs. The most common method is to wrap the chairs in a blanket and box them:

  1. Wrap each chair in a mover's blanket, securing it by wrapping the encased chair with box sealing tape.
  2. Remove the chair legs if possible, making sure to wrap the legs in bubble or foam packaging and placing them in a clearly marked shipping box along with the hardware.
  3. To select the right box size, measure the length, width and height of your wrapped chair, and add 3-6 inches to each dimension — this is the size box you want. (Box dimensions are always listed length x width x height.)
    • If you are going to ship dining room chairs a great distance, and especially if you can remove the chair legs, you may want to then select heavy-duty shipping boxes in which to insert each wrapped chair.
  4. Before inserting the chair into the shipping box, line it all the way around with packaging bubble or foam (this is why we added the 3-6 inches earlier).
  5. Fill any remaining void in the box with the material, seal the box with heavy-duty box sealing tape, and then label the box so your mover knows what it is handling and stowing. 

Moving Tip: Don't underestimate the importance of labeling the box — if you have a full household move underway, you'd be surprised how easy it is to forget what you packed where once everything arrives at the destination.

The packaging boxes can be pricey in small quantities, but you may be able to use additional boxes for other purposes, increasing your order volume and lowering the per-each price. Also, if you have valuable dining room chairs, the additional cost may be a good extra layer of insurance!

Do you have more questions about how to ship dining room chairs? Contact us at 877-677-1571. We'd be happy to answer your questions and provide a free estimate for your upcoming job.

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