By Brandon on Jun 23 2015
Category: Moving Guides

Plastic Wrap for Moving: DIY Movers Guide

Plastic wrap, which is also known as shrink wrap and stretch wrap, is an important resource for your do-it-yourself move. Stretch wrap can solve a number of moving-related problems, from protecting your furniture to securing loose wires and doors.

We've put together this movers guide to help you learn:

Why is Plastic Wrap Important When Moving?

Plastic wrap is one of the most affordable and useful tools at your disposal during a move. In fact, with the exception of a moving dolly, shrink wrap is your most versatile move resource. Plastic wrap allows you to secure furniture blankets, protect fabric furniture from dirt and stains as well as secure annoying drawers, doors, and cords. Best of all, unlike tape, clear stretch wrap won't leave a residue or damage your furniture. Colored stretch wrap, especially green, can stain your cloth furniture.

How to use plastic wrap for moving

What Size Shrink Wrap Do I Need for My Move?

Shrink wrap has two size specifications- length and width. Length is most commonly 1000' or 1500'. Width is the most important, as this can vary from 5" to 22". The wider the roll the less effort it takes to properly wrap your furniture. There aren't very many scenarios where a 5" roll makes much sense, and we highly recommend purchasing a roll that is at least 15" wide. So what size plastic wrap is right for your move?

Shrink wrap is most often clear or green. Unless you have a good reason I always recommend the clear roll. Over the years I have learned that the green tint can stain furniture and fabric, especially if you're moving during the summer.

How much does plastic wrap cost?

As you might expect, the price of plastic wrap varies depending on where you purchase it. Retailers and big box stores, like Lowes and Wal-Mart, will charge a few dollars more than an online retailer like Amazon. In most cases, a roll of 20" x 1500' is going to be around $20.

Where can I Purchase Plastic Wrap?

You'll often be able to find the recommended sizes of stretch wrap at major retailers, but you may find that the quantity and size options in stock are limited. Purchasing stretch wrap online is often your most convenient and affordable option. Because of this, we recommend Amazon. And let's face it, who doesn't use Amazon these days?

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