Trying to ship a single piece of furniture has the capacity to be two things: a headache, or a piece of cake. At FreightCenter we prefer cake. There are several different approaches you can take to getting your loveseat across the country or over state lines, from packaging it correctly, to choosing the right carrier and shipping method. The sooner your couch is shipped, the sooner you can sit back and rest easy!
Ship A Single Piece Of Furniture As LTL
Your average sleeper sofa weighs about 350 lbs.. That’s probably too heavy for a single mail carrier to cart around (unless your mail carrier is Dwayne Johnson), making less-than-truckload shipping the ideal choice if you’re shipping single pieces of furniture too large and heavy for parcel, but too small to ship truckload. Varying accessorials can be added to the shipment to make the ease of handling much smoother—for instance, lift gate at pickup and delivery to assist with weighty pieces.
Shippers are not only guaranteed the best carrier when they pair up with a third-party logistics company like FreightCenter, but discounted rates through our partnerships with those carriers. Make shipping large, bulky pieces of furniture a cinch to move!
Ship A Single Piece Of Furniture As Parcel
Shipping furniture as parcel guarantees more attentive care than would be provided by freight. The benefits of shipping parcel are many, but first the piece must be small enough to qualify, like the pieces to a bookshelf, for instance, or an ottoman. Here’s how to tell if your single piece of furniture meets the requirements:
- Must be under 150lbs.
- 108 inches or less in length.
- Finally, it should be less than 165 inches in length and girth combined.
Depending on the delivery service, restrictions on measurements may apply. Check with your freight agent if you are uncertain. To learn more about calculating girth and savings when you ship parcel, check out our blog How To Save 75% On Parcel Shipping Starting Today.
Packaging A Single Piece Of Furniture
One of the main reasons freight arrives damaged is due to improper packaging. There are a multitude of ways you can protect your furniture from the bumps of the open road, so here are some things to keep in mind:
- Disassemble the furniture if you can and wrap each piece separately
- Palletizing the piece allows for easy maneuverability from warehouse to trailer
- Box the furniture and pack it securely so there are no loose items
- Similarly, make sure to wrap and cushion the furniture—be generous
- If you’re shipping a couch, or any piece with cushions, remove cushions and slipcovers and package separately
Protect fabric items from ripping or tearing by boxing the item, or blanket wrapping them.
Protect wooden items with corrugated cardboard, or heavy weighted blankets. Avoid damage by crating your furniture.
Accessorials For Your Furniture Shipment
Accessorials are additional services that go beyond typical pickup and delivery. Notification services, which is an accessorial that involves receiving a call once the freight is ready for pickup, are optional. Required accessorials, like liftgate at pickup and delivery, should be booked up front, otherwise they’ll hit your bill later. Billing adjustments are as avoidable as they are costly.
Here are some other accessorials:
- Final mile
- Inside pickup and/or delivery
- Liftgate at pickup and/or delivery
- Notification services
- Residential service
- White Glove Service
Let FreightCenter Ship Your Furniture
To learn more about the best way to ship your furniture, chat with one of our freight experts, or call us at 800.716.7608. In the meantime, kick your feet up and check out our Frequently Asked Questions.