Consumers are buying furniture online in record amounts these days. Whether you are a custom furniture maker or a local artist selling your unique items online, you need a way to get your items in the hands of your customers.
Or, perhaps you are a consumer who found the furniture piece you've been searching for forever, one that fits perfectly into the empty spot you've had since you moved in.
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. If you are shipping items to your customers or if you are the customer, 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 you ship that custom couch you designed, the sooner your customer can sit back and rest easy!
Let's take a look at how to ship a single piece of furniture safely and for a good price.
Shipping A Single Piece Of Furniture: The Basics
To determine which shipping service is right for you and the piece you're shipping, make sure you know the weight and dimensions. For example, 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 a single piece of furniture that is too small to ship full truckload.
Next, determine what accessorials (additional services that go beyond typical pickup and delivery) will need to be added to the shipment to make it easier to handle and deliver. For example, add a liftgate at pickup and delivery to assist with weighty pieces. Some accessorials are optional such as notification services which is an accessorial that involves receiving a call once the freight is ready for pickup. Required accessorials, like liftgate at pickup and delivery, should be booked upfront, during the quote process otherwise, you may receive a surprise billing adjustment from the carrier after delivery. Billing adjustments are as avoidable as they are costly.
Here are some other accessorials:
- First mile
- Final mile
- Inside pickup and/or delivery
- Liftgate at pickup and/or delivery
- Notification services
- Residential service
- White-Glove Service
Lastly, determine if you should add additional insurance protection coverage as most freight shipments are only covered by the carrier's limited liability which may not cover the full value of your item. Note that antiques or any item that exhibits the style or fashion of a past era and whose history, age, or rarity contributes to its value are NOT eligible for additional insurance coverage.
Let FreightCenter Ship Your Furniture
Shippers are not only guaranteed the best carrier when they work 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!