How to Move a Chandelier
Good quality artistic chandeliers are often investment pieces. Some homeowners spend weeks or months finding a chandelier that fits their requirements and design preferences perfectly.
Thatâ€™s why many people choose to take it with them when they move from one home to another.
Unfortunately, this process can be harrowing and risky, and your chandelier can sustain a lot of damage during the process. Here are some tips and tricks to help you avoid problems and move the chandelier smoothly.
1. Items you will need
â€˘ Three strong moving boxes, one for the chandelier, one for the detachable chandelier components, and a smaller one to fit in all the light bulbs.
â€˘ Clean packing paper to wrap all components. You can use newspapers but plain packing paper is preferable as it doesnâ€™t contain ink that can stain the chandelier.
â€˘ Bubble wrap to protect the components from impact and movement.
â€˘ Furniture blankets for additional protection and to keep all components from rattling around in the moving box.
â€˘ Foam padding and packing peanuts.
â€˘ Packing tape to seal the box and ensure the contents donâ€™t spill out during the move.
â€˘ Cable ties to secure the contents of the box and make sure they donâ€™t bump into each other.
â€˘ Plastic ziplock bags.
â€˘ Tools like screwdrivers, pliers, and a ladder that will help you reach the chandelier comfortably.
Make sure you have someone to help you with the moving process because removing, dismantling, and packing a chandelier isnâ€™t a job you can usually handle on your own.
2. How to remove a chandelier
â€˘ Shut off electrical supply to the room where the chandelier is located. This is the most important step in the process. If it is skipped, you might experience an electric shock.
â€˘ Use a ladder to access the chandelier and carefully disconnect it from the electrical system. Make sure you donâ€™t damage the connections or wires during the process.
â€˘ Ensure a helper supports the chandelierâ€™s weight as you carefully disconnect the wires because the free weight of the chandelier can easily snap them.
â€˘ After the wires are removed, unhook the chandelier.
â€˘ Lower the chandelier to the ground with assistance from someone and carefully rest it on a blanket covered floor. This ensures the chandelier isnâ€™t damaged and has a cushioned surface to rest on.
3. Disassemble the chandelier
You canâ€™t transport the chandelier in one piece and need to disassemble it carefully. Hereâ€™s a short guideline on how to do that safely:
â€˘ Carefully sort through all the wires and cables of the fixture and bundle them together securely. Free dangling cables can be easily damaged and compromise safety so itâ€™s a good idea to use the zip ties to secure them.
â€˘ Remove all the chandelier bulbs one at a time and store them in their original boxes. If you donâ€™t have an original box, carefully wrap them in bubble wrap and place them in an organized manner inside a small moving box.
â€˘ Disassemble the chandelier by removing all detachable chains, arms, ornaments, candle holders, etc. While transporting the entire chandelier in one piece might seem less time consuming, it can also be riskier.
â€˘ Make sure all the detached components are wrapped securely in paper and bubble wrap before you place them inside the moving box.
â€˘ Put all screws, hooks, nuts, and other fastening components in a ziplock bag and place them beside the packed components. This ensures the fasteners donâ€™t go missing in transit and you can reassemble the chandelier easily.
4. Pack the chandelier for moving
â€˘ Get a large and strong corrugated cardboard box thatâ€™s a few inches bigger than the chandelier on all sides.
â€˘ Apply tape at the bottom of the box to secure it and ensure the flaps donâ€™t fall open during the move.
â€˘ Line the corners with a furniture blanket and a large sheet of bubble wrap.
â€˘ If youâ€™re transporting a crystal chandelier, wrap each crystal in bubble wrap and packing paper individually. This is time-consuming but crystals are delicate and need the maximum amount of protection.
â€˘ Place the chandelier carefully in the box and use packing peanuts to fill all the free space. This will ensure the fixture doesnâ€™t move too much inside the box. You can also stuff packing paper in the area to ensure thereâ€™s no movement. Shake the box a little after youâ€™re done to check it.
â€˘ Place another blanket on top of the chandelier to protect the top from impact, add some bubble wrap before closing and sealing the box. Apply strong tape to keep the box shut during transport.
â€˘ Write warning labels â€śCHANDELIERâ€ť â€śEXTREMELY FRAGILEâ€ť and â€śTHIS SIDE IS UPâ€ť on the sides of the boxes to ensure the movers know they need to be careful.
5. Small chandeliers and big chandeliers
Transporting smaller chandeliers is relatively easy and doesnâ€™t require much time or skill.
The same canâ€™t be said for larger and more intricate chandeliers. This fixture is difficult to remove, dismantle, pack, and transport. Large chandeliers have several hundred crystals that need to be wrapped individually. They are very heavy with wide arms that need to be detached carefully. It will take more than two people to remove the chandelier and you will need a more secure and stable ladder than the ones found in local stores.
It's all starting to sound like a whole lot of work, isn't it? Long, hard work that you may simply not have the time or inclination to carry out.
So, itâ€™s best to hire a professional to remove, disassemble, pack, and transport a larger chandelier. Professional chandelier moving companies are licensed, certified, and have a well-trained staff. They also usually have insurance coverage so you donâ€™t have to worry about repair and replacement costs if the chandelier gets damaged (make sure to ask about this).
Transporting chandeliers can be difficult, and itâ€™s better to be safe than sorry. While hiring a professional can add to your expenses, it will be cheaper than repairing or replacing a beautiful and expensive chandelier. Professional chandelier transport companies will ensure the fixture reaches the destination without damage and on time so you can focus on other aspects of your move.