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How To Ship a Dining Room Set

Posted on Wed, Jun 06, 2018

How To Ship a Dining Room Set

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Moving Furniture is a Daunting Task

It's funny how your perfectly scaled furniture turns into Jurassic Park when you're facing a move. The nicely proportioned sideboard fits beautifully between the windows in your dining room and the mirror above it is sublime, but when you start thinking of actually moving things out and onto a truck and then into a new house, it gets overwhelming fast. 

The thought of how to ship a dining room set can be the most daunting, since you've got several large pieces, chairs, and the accompanying china and crystal to consider. If you're moving locally, your things will be blanket wrapped for moving; if it's a longer distance, then they can be either blanket wrapped and move with a traditional moving truck or wrapped and put on a pallet and shipped via freight.  The only items that may need to be crated  are glass or marble top tables or sculptures.

What's The Best Way To Ship a Dining Room Set?

Most modern large furniture is built to come apart. If you are moving yourself and space is at a premium, look underneath the table and you'll probably see where the legs detach. Same thing for a hutch or secretary or corner cupboard--they're really two pieces, and will be taken apart to wrap and move. It's not a bad idea to keep Ziploc bags handy for the hardware--the last thing you need is to lose the screws for the table legs.

If your table has a marble or glass top, that will be removed and wrapped in bubble wrap before putting them inside a custom built box or crate.  Mirrors can be blanket wrapped and if you have a chandelier, you may want to hang it inside of a custom built box.

One of the reasons you'll want the moving company to move you is because they have experience moving valuable items. If you tell them you have eight dining chairs and they assume they're all wood side chairs, imagine the surprise when they get to your house and find eight large upholstered armchairs that take up as much room on the truck as the rest of your dining room. Give the movers a true list of the items that you need moved, or show them everything when they come out to give you an estimate.

Obviously you'll clear out the china cabinet, sideboard, and silver chest so those fragile and valuable things can be individually wrapped and packed.  If you are packing yourself, mark the boxes as fragile and do not over pack these boxes.  You can also ask your mover to come out a day ahead of the move and professionally pack your valuable belongings.

Contact Pack n Send For Help

If you're planning a move, give us a call at Pack-n-Send. We've been shipping households across Houston and around the world since 1981.


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Moving a Dining Table--How They Did It In Olde England and Today

Posted on Sat, May 05, 2018

Moving a Dining Table--How It Was Done In Olde England and Today

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Dining Tables: The Heart of the Home

Your dining table is the heartbeat of your house. For most families, that's where life happens--not only do you clear it off occasionally for meals, but that's where you drink your morning coffee, the kids do homework, and in a pinch it's good for changing a baby. The more casual way we live today has rendered the old formal dining tables a bit obsolete, but dining tables have evolved so much over the centuries that this is just one more stop along the way.

The History of Dining Tables

The earliest tables were probably used by ancient Egyptians. Those tables were wood, carved out of a single tree trunk, and short, like a contemporary coffee table. Diners sat on the floor to eat. The Greeks and Romans got in on the concept a bit later, using ornate marble slabs for the surface. The word "table" comes from the Latin tabula, which roughly translates to a board or plank. 

The earliest European dining tables were trestle tables, which looked just like a modern picnic table. Benches for sitting were attached to the underside of the table's surface, so when the lady of the house spring cleaned, replacing the old floor rushes and cleaning the really disgusting parts of the dirt floor was an easier job. Moving a dining table outside was the men's job--they would probably unscrew the benches and take it outside. When the cleaning was done, they'd bring the parts back in and screw the benches back on. 

Fast forward several centuries - if you landed in staid Victorian England, you'd find the table legs hidden with a large cloth. After all, legs were a naughty thing to see--even a carved column of wood--and the more puritanical households covered them all lest someone have impure thoughts. 

Moving a Dining Table With Pack n Send

These days, you can find dining tables in all materials, from the traditional hardwoods, to glass, metal, or new-age resins. And the traditional legs have given way to wood, metal, or acrylic bases--anything goes when it comes to the table!

Whatever your table is made of, it deserves the very best care when you're moving. Pack-n-send has decades of experience moving all kinds of dining room furniture, so you can depend on us to treat your table like the future family heirloom it is. 


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Moving A Mattress--Traveling Like Kings of Old

Posted on Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Moving A Mattress--Traveling Like Kings of Old

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Few would argue that your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your house. After all, you spend a third of your life sleeping on it! So when it's time to think of moving your mattress and bed to the new house, take care! Your mattress is a top priority--most people can get rid of a sofa without batting an eye, but your bed is personal--and where you go, it goes.

Moving a Mattress in the Middle Ages

Way back in the middle ages, that was the reality--if you went anywhere (and you usually didn't) you would take your bed, and the rest of your furniture, along with you. Even if your hosts had a room for you, unless they were very wealthy they would not have a bed or a mattress. When English and French royalty went on their summer "progress", the king and queen's beds went along, too. Their beds were seen as part of their trappings of state, like the throne chair they traveled with, or the canopy that covered the chair.

The Bedding of Wealthy Nobles

Although the actual mattresses would be small by today's California King standards (unless the bed belonged to Henry VIII), the beds themselves were magnificent. They were typically a dark wood like walnut and ornate--heavily carved with symbols and badges important to the monarch. These beds stood on raised platforms, had four large columns, and also had sort of a scaffolded canopy frame. The headboard stood several feet over the mattress so that the hangings would create an enclosed sleeping space. 

A king's bed hangings also went on the progress--again, even the wealthiest noblemen would not have hangings as ornate as the kings, and if he did he'd best hide them before the monarch came calling! To have any possessions that rivaled the king's was a threat to the royal ego and made for an uncomfortable visit. The bed hangings provided not only privacy, as there were always guards and courtiers hanging around, but also helped keep the king warm on cold winter nights. 

Moving a Mattress Today

While it is true that old European royalty took their beds with them when they moved around, they also had somebody else to take the thing apart. You're lucky in that you not only don't have to move yards of heavy bed hangings, all you really need is a screwdriver or two and a helper to take your bed apart.

If you're feeling entirely too royal to find the screwdrivers, let Pack-n-Send do it for you--we've been treating Houstonians like kings and queens since 1981! We will move your bed, bedroom set , all of your furniture and household belongings.


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Freight Your Furniture or Move Your Furniture?

Posted on Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Freight Your Furniture or Move Your Furniture?

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When it comes to packing, shipping, moving, and freighting furniture, it can be confusing to know which methods are going to be the most cost effective and which ones are even appropriate. In this blog post we hope to answer some of your questions about freight shipping and moving furniture so you can figure out what steps to take next.

How can I send just one piece of furniture?

A good shipping company is happy to help you move even just one piece of furniture. Whether that means moving a desk in a truck from one office to another across town or freighting that desk across the ocean to a buyer overseas, a shipping company can do either one. It's important to make sure the company doesn't have any weight minimums before you begin. 

How do I choose between air shipping and freight shipping?

The costs vary between these two methods based on the speed you need and the size of your shipment. When freighting by sea, the charge is based on the size in cubic meters of your furniture. Ocean transportation generally costs less and can hold more, but also takes longer. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a sea shipment from China to the U.S. takes anywhere from two to four weeks. Air shipping is based on the weight and the size of the shipment, and is usually more expensive but much quicker.

What if I'm not able to unload the shipment myself?

Talk with your shipping company and most will give you the option to choose between unloading the shipment yourself with curbside delivery or inside delivery.

What if I'm in Houston and am moving a long distance?

If you need help with long distance moving in Houston, a packing and shipping company can move your items in a truck if you are moving within the continent. If you are moving overseas, you can have your belongings shipped overseas via air or sea as we mentioned earlier. For tips on moving to another country, check out this post from The Spruce.

We know this might not answer all of your questions about freight shipping and furniture shipping, but hopefully it will give you some idea of where to start. At Pack n Send we can help you with any packing, moving, and freight shipping needs you have, so please feel free to contact us!


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Freight Your Furniture-Save Moving Dollars

Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2011

Have you ever had to move small amounts of furniture, household items, or office equipment cross-country? Have you ever considered Less-Than-Load freight?

Most major moving companies require a large amount of furniture and a large dollar amount for moving furniture across throughout the United States.

There are other ways to send small amounts furniture. LTL (less than load) shipment consolidates freight from other customers on the same truck. Small amounts of freight from various customers are shipped at a savings all over the country.

When requesting LTL it is good idea to ask for the days when discounts are provided. Companies that book your shipment should pass these savings on to you, their customer.

Another factor to consider is the length of time it will take your shipment to reach its final destination. Most carriers provide an expedited service at an additional cost.

You can take out coverage for the value of your shipment due to loss or damage by the carrier.

The process for freighting your furniture is relatively simple. Your furniture is packed carefully on a pallet, surrounded by 1 x 4’s shrink wrapped and sent out as freight.

The freight company will call the day before to set a delivery time that fits in with your schedule.

When your furniture is delivered, you can request an "inside delivery" for a few dollars more.

Furniture freighting is the best way for you to ship small quantity of furniture.

For more information about freighting furniture or for a price quote contact Pack n Send at 713 266 1450.

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Houston Furniture Shipping- Freight Forwarding Houston

Posted on Thu, Feb 03, 2011

When looking for a company to ship your furniture, either domestically or internationally, look for a shipping company that will give you shipping options. Make sure that they can crate your furniture or palletize it and ship it with freight companies. You also want to make sure that they offer an option  of blanket-wrapping domestically so that it can be sent with movers. Check to see if the company you are using has a minimum pound or size limit. You need to look for a company that will let you ship even a single piece of furniture.   

Ask if the company can pack small furniture and send it via UPS, FedEx, or DHL. If you are sending furniture via freight, make sure that the company can  pack the furniture completely and protect  it   on a pallet before freighting it.  

If you need to ship furniture overseas, check and see if the company has the capacity to send the furniture via cubic meters or via containers. See if the company has experience packing the furniture for international shipping. If you have delicate items make sure that the company has expertise in making custom crates with wood that is good for international shipping.

For more information on furniture shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Optimistic Future Seen For US Manufacturing-Good for Freight Industry

Posted on Wed, Dec 15, 2010

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The U.S. manufacturing sector will grow in 2011, with manufacturing revenue increasing by 5.6% according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) semi-annual forecast released.

The overall forecast projects optimism about the U.S. economy for 2011. The manufacturing sector, overall, is positive about prospects in 2011 with revenues expected to increase in 16 of 18 industries. ISM also predicts that business investment, a major driver in the U.S. economy, will increase substantially in the manufacturing sector.

The 16 manufacturing industries expecting improvement over 2010 — listed in order — are: Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Transportation Equipment; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Furniture & Related Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Textile Mills; Wood Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Chemical Products; and Paper Products.

"Manufacturing purchasing and supply executives have expectations for continued growth and are optimistic about their organizations' prospects as they consider the first half of 2011, and they are even more positive about the second half," said Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "While 2010 has been a year of recovery in manufacturing, our forecast sees improvements in both investment and employment in 2011. Respondents expect cost pressures in 2011 to be somewhat greater than in 2010. Manufacturing growth is now in its 16th consecutive month as measured by and reported in the monthly Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®."

In the manufacturing sector, respondents report operating at 80.2% of their normal capacity, up from 72.8% reported in April 2010. Purchasing and supply executives predict that capital expenditures will increase by 14.5% in 2011, compared to a 5.9% increase reported for 2010. Survey respondents also forecast that they will reduce inventories in an effort to improve their purchased inventory-to-sales ratio in 2011. Manufacturers have an expectation that employment in the sector will increase by 1.8%, while labor and benefits costs are expected to increase an average of 1.9% in 2011. Manufacturing purchasers are predicting strength in exports and imports in 2011. They also expect the U.S. dollar to weaken on average against the currencies of major trading partners.

Pack n send has reprinted this article from It highlights and optimistic future  in 2011 for the manufacturing sector of the US economy.


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Furniture Freighting-Why not?

Posted on Tue, Jun 22, 2010

If you would like to save money, why not let pack n send move your furniture via freight?  We load your furniture onto a pallet ship it via freight, and deliver it to your door step.  For one item or more than one item, this is a great option.

There are no dollar amount minimums, or pound minimums.

Whether is an estate that your are dismantling, a student going off to college or a relocation, this is an inexpensive way to move furniture and household items. New job? We can help you're your move easy.  We will set up the delivery with you the day before, so that we make sure you are on hand to see your furniture unloaded.

Corporations find furniture freighting as a very cost effective way to ship.  Documents, office files as well as furniture are a natural for freighting. We also offer overnight shipping of computers so that your office is up and running in a very short time period.

If your furniture is large, small oddly shaped or very heavy, we can pack and ship it professionally so that it arrives in great shape!

We have been packing and shipping since 1981, so please call us with any of your questions. Our staff answers each phone call personally. No answering machines to deal with. You can also email in your request for a quote. We can ship your items either domestically, or internationally. We even prepare all the international documentation.


If you need a high value item crated for your freight move, pack n send is the company to call.

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US Rail Software Will Optimize Freight and Passenger Movements

Posted on Tue, Jun 08, 2010

US - The use of new technology, rail computer software which analyses traffic flow information and planned schedules and then optimizing the routes that train should take has been undergoing tests on a 200 mile stretch of track in Georgia. The system, GE Rail Edge Movement Planner, was thoroughly trialed by rail giant Norfolk Southern after an approach from GE  Transportation, and the results appear remarkable.

Norfolk Southern is expanding the technology's use to its entire 22-state rail network through 2012. Movement Planner will help Norfolk Southern increase the average network speed train velocity of its trains by 10-20 percent, representing a significant opportunity for cost savings and train delay reductions. The companies say that by integrating railroad logistics with traffic control systems, the technology projects expected track usage, based on train schedules, and then produces an optimized plan to get trains moving faster and more efficiently. By maximizing existing railroad resources, Rail Edge also improves railroad crew management availability.

"With railroads, it's about scale," said Wick Moorman, CEO of Norfolk Southern. "GE's Rail Edge supports incremental routing and speed improvements down to the individual train level. That will add up to sizeable efficiency gains on a 2,500-train per day, 21,000-route mile system like ours. When we make the best use of our existing transportation infrastructure, that's a competitive advantage for our customers and for the country."

Pack n send has  published this article from handy shipping guide as service to our customers. Pack n send has ships cargo from Houston as well as the rest of the nation. We also ship furniture via freight and ship internationally both via cubic meters and containers.

For more information about the ways pack n send can help make your freight shipping easy, please call us at  713 266 1450.



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Upbeat Article about the Economy

Posted on Tue, Jun 01, 2010

US - Once again the American  Trucking  Association advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage  Index  increased for the sixth time in the last seven months, gaining another 0.9 percent in April. Together with a 0.4% increase in the previous month means the Index hit its highest level since September 2008 at 110.2 up six and a half percent in the last seven months. 2010's year to date tonnage is up six percent against 2009.

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said that the latest tonnage reading fits with a sustained economic recovery. "Truck tonnage volumes continue to improve at a solid, yet sustainable, rate. Tonnage is being boosted by robust manufacturing output and stronger retail sales." Costello also reiterated a statement from last month's release, saying: "For most fleets, freight volumes feel better than reported tonnage because the supply situation, particularly in the truckload sector, is turning quickly."

The ATA say, with some authority, that truck freight offers a snapshot of the nation's health and serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 68 percent of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. Trucks hauled 8.8 billion tons of freight in 2009. Motor carriers collected $544.4 billion, or 81.9 percent of total revenue earned by all transport modes. The ATA index has functioned for over thirty years and is based on responses from a sample of its 37,000 members who range from major national less than truckload (LTL) operations to small local carriers.

Pack n send is posting this article on our website taken from handy shipping guide.  Once again we are able to post a positive article for the shipping and freight industry.

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