How To Ship Furniture
Finding furniture delivery companies to move your furniture can often be a hassle due to the size of the items, and trawling through phone books and search pages trying to find the right furniture shipping company for you can be time-consuming.
There are hundreds of rated furniture movers on our platform who are ready to quote on your job, often at rates up to 75% cheaper than usual, but first, you need to look at a few options for home furniture delivery services and work out which is best for you.
How Much Does It Cost To Ship Furniture?
Often the first question a customer has is, for example, how much to ship a mattress? Or how much for shipping a desk? There are a number of factors that can affect how much you can expect your furniture transport quotes to be, but on average furniture transported locally will cost approximately $75 to $250, whereas long-distance furniture shipping can cost anywhere from $300 to $600.
Below we have listed the most important factors that will affect the cost of your furniture move:
Distance - As stated above, the distance will have a significant impact on the quotes to move your furniture. Local deliveries will be cheaper, whereas cross country and international shipments will incur further costs due to special packaging and mileage.
Size - The size of the furniture items you want to move will also affect your quotes as larger items require more space or a larger vehicle. This can often be countered by carefully disassembling large pieces of furniture (if possible) to make them more compact.
White-Glove Furniture Delivery? - If you need extra help with packing your items, or you are stuck at the first hurdle of how to move a bed or how to ship a chair, then you may require a white glove furniture delivery service. White glove furniture delivery services include help disassembling, packing, loading, and unloading, meaning that you have all the help you need with your move, although these levels of service generally cost more.
Value Of Item - If the piece of furniture being shipped is expensive or an antique then you may require special care when shipping. This will vary from service to service, and it is entirely possible for you to wrap the furniture carefully yourself, but it is something worth mentioning to any potential furniture mover.
Locations Of Pickup And Delivery - Deliveries from urban areas will often be cheaper as there are lots of furniture shipping companies nearby and generally the furniture will be moving along standard routes. Remote pick up areas may cost more as they require the furniture mover to travel further to pick up and drop off the items.
Time Of Year - Ice, snow, and wind can all affect travel times and routes and so can often make deliveries more expensive. The ideal time to move furniture in order to avoid this is Summer, but depending on where you live and where the furniture needs to go seasonality may not make much of a difference.
How Can Shiply Help Find Furniture Movers?
There are a vast number of options for furniture moving companies and pick up furniture services available, and often this can feel overwhelming when trying to compare them and work out which is best for you. This is where Shiply can assist you.
All you need to do on our website is enter a few details about the job, namely the size of the piece/s of furniture that needs to be shipped, where it needs to be picked up from and where it needs to be delivered to. Once you have submitted these details, furniture shipping companies can send custom quotes straight to your Shiply inbox, allowing you to compare rates and services all in one place. You should include as much information as you can about your listing as this can help ensure that, for example, if it’s bed movers you need then that’s who will likely quote on your job.
Shiply has a feedback and rating system that allows you to browse previous customer reviews and scores for any pick up furniture service that has quoted you, providing you with security and peace of mind. You are also able to send messages and questions to the furniture movers should you have any, for example, you could ask if they are able to help you pack the furniture when it is picked up.
Furniture shipping companies on Shiply are usually looking for extra backloads on journeys they are already making. This means that using Shiply is great for the environment as it cuts down the number of unnecessary delivery vehicles on the road but it also means that furniture shipping quotes on Shiply can be up to 75% cheaper than usual.
Preparing For Your Furniture To Be Shipped
If you have assessed your options and have selected a furniture mover you are happy with then it’s time to prepare your furniture for delivery. We recommend following the steps listed below:
Cleaning - Cleaning your furniture before pick-up will ensure that you are easily able to spot any pre-existing damages and know exactly what condition the item is in.
Photographic Evidence - Following on from the cleaning you should take high-quality photographs of the condition of the furniture to be shipped. This will ensure that any damages that occur during transit are easily provable should it come down to it.
Disassembly - If the piece of furniture being shipped is able to be disassembled then we highly recommend doing so. This will reduce the risk of damage and also potentially the price of the delivery as the size of the item is often reduced.
Packaging - If the furniture is valuable, an antique or you are just worried about damage then it is recommended that you package it with bubble wrap or something similar. You should discuss with your furniture shipping company whether you are doing this or whether they will provide protective material upon arrival.
What To Do After Delivery
Once your furniture has been successfully delivered to its destination the first thing you want to do is check its condition. You can use the photos you took prior to pick up to compare the condition and look for any damages which may have occurred during shipping and raise these with the furniture movers.
We also ask that you leave a review and feedback on our platform for your chosen furniture shipping company. This not only allows the company to improve their services in the future but also means that future users of Shiply can browse services with the same level of confidence as you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
Can I Call Shiply?
Shiply Support is available only on email, at
Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
f your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
Do I Need To Dissasemble My Furniture?
Disassembling furniture can often help with reducing the size of the items that need to be moved, as well as reducing the risk of damage to the piece of furniture. However, there will be transport providers available to move any size of furniture, so don't worry if disassembly is not possible.
Will I Have Help Moving My Furniture?
Transport providers on Shiply are able to help with the moving of furniture out of or into a new home, but you should make sure they are informed of this requirement as they may need to plan for this.
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