A dream that many people might have once they move into their new Vancouver homes is to create the perfect recreationroom. Something complete with a pool table, a TV, gaming consoles, fusball, a grand piano — the works! Often, one of the biggest obstacles to making that happen is the actual act of recreationroom moving. We’ve covered the process of moving a pool table in a past blog post, as well as how to move a piano, but what about the other stuff? We decided we’d tackle that today.
How to move media cabinets safely and more easily
One of the main centrepieces of any recreationalroom will be the entertainment system. The TV, stereo, video game console and Blu Ray player are often among the most used pieces of equipment and will need a tasteful and accessible place to stay.
For this, we recommend you’d get a media cabinet. These pieces of furniture are often capable of holding all the above items and more, and can be quite helpful in creating an ergonomic storage space. You can usually find one in your local furniture store. Once you’ve picked out a cabinet you like, you’ll have to find a way to move it. Here are some ways you can make recreationroom moving easier in this context.
Take it apart, then put it back together — As much as possible, try to break down the media cabinet into its component parts. Take out the shelving to reduce weight. If you are moving a media cabinet that already has items in it, empty it out first.
Tape it up! Media cabinets often have a lot doors, compartments and hinged components. If you cannot dismantle them, tape them down so they do not open and close at random when being lifted. Make sure you are selective about the kind of tape you use — items such as duct tape can permanently damage a nice finish when removed.
Moving media cabinets can be a big job, so pair up! Have one person carry the top while the other carries the bottom. It can often help to tip the item so it looks like a diamond when being carried. This can help stabilize the media cabinet’s centre of gravity and prevent movers from swinging it around. Need an idea of what this looks like? You can find an example picture here.
Arm yourself! Shoulder dollies or lifting straps can be a great help when carrying a large media cabinet. In addition to making things easier to lift, they can often reduce the risk of back strain and pain.
Recreationroom moving for speakers — creating the best acoustics
The above tips for media cabinet moving will apply to lifting speakers safely, but in addition, be mindful to avoid touching the speaker cones at all costs. That being said, we’ve found that sometimes people tend to neglect moving speakers to optimize the sound of a room, so we’d like to touch on that briefly.
When positioning and moving the speakers, make sure you take stock of where the hardest surfaces in the room are. Concrete is one example. Audio will reflect off these materials the most, and there is a danger that it could create an unpleasant sound, echo way too much, or both. There is no use having a great sound system if you position it in a way that makes it sound awful! So move the speakers to different areas of the room while listening to how they sound in each location. If you find that the audio remains harsh and unpleasant, we’d recommend getting dampeners for your room to stifle unpleasant noises. Some examples include rugs, acoustic foam and cushions. You can find more ideas here, if you’d like to pursue this further.
Adapt to your needs!
Recreationrooms should reflect your interests, which can be subject to change over time. Obviously some people don’t get a kick out of just having traditional items such as TVs and pool tables in their recrooms. So we’ll be revisiting this topic to take a look at how to move other items into these spaces. In the meantime, we’re always available to help with any recreationroom moving needs you may have, so don’t hesitate to call!
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How often will you be using the exhibit?
If your exhibit travels from show to show, you should consider using crates. If, however, your exhibit only goes out once or twice a year, it may not be worth the extra cost to have it containerized.
Will the exhibit be placed in storage for any length of time?
If the answer is yes, containerizing the exhibit might be best. If un-crated, your exhibit can get dirty, or worse, end up with missing or lost parts.
How do I protect my exhibit if it’s not containerized?
We are experienced in handling and transporting valuable exhibits and provide pad wrapping for non containerized shipments. Although the rate to move a pad wrapped exhibit is higher than one that is containerized, you can often get the exhibit into less van space, and the erection and dismantling normally goes faster when the shipment is not containerized. Delays in dismantling by waiting for the containers to come back from storage at close of show are also eliminated. The end result? You save time, and we all know that time is money.
Be sure to weigh all of your options before deciding on the best way to transport your exhibit. Work closely with your van line and exhibit builder. Both can give you important suggestions on what is best – to containerize or not to containerize.
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Have a look at some of our best moving tips on how to move specific items. We’ll show you how to move pool tables and piano’s even grand piano’s. We are the professional piano movers in Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby and Coquitlam, BC.
A piano can make a strong grand noise, but it all depends on the intricate details on the inside. Moving a piano, therefore means preserving all its beautiful sound-making parts, not to mention its royal appearance.
Different types of pianos require mildly different steps, but the precautions are roughly the same for the large, small, upright and three-legged alike. If moving a piano is part of a larger household move, you’ll have more planning to do, and more to consider about the logistics of the move in conjunction with everything else you’re transporting. However, if the piano move is part of a single sale, or the only item requiring your attention, you should find things a lot less stressful.
Firstly, of course, you’ll need to close down the lids and moving parts and seal them shut. Although the insides are the most important, you need to protect the outside of the piano. The top finish on the instrument can easily be scratched and scuffed while moving, even when wrapped in blankets (because of the constant shifting and rubbing). To protect the surface, you’ll need to invest in a lot of saran wrap. That’s right, wrap, wrap, wrap, all around!
Second, you’ll need to protect the piano from vibrations, bumps and thumps. There are special moving supplies to help you do this. For example, moving blankets help protect furniture, and moving pads prevent damage in the truck when objects bang against each other (an inevitable part of moving). When you’ve got a layer of blanket covering the layer of saran wrap, tie down the blanket with rubber bands to prevent it from falling off. The even better investment would be a custom-made piano cover, often used at concert halls.
If you are moving a grand piano, you may find it useful to remove the legs, so that it stays put during the ride. Different models have different ways of attaching the legs, so you can either consult your manual (if you still have it), or call your local instrument store for advice. If your piano has casters (wheels mounted to the legs) and you plan to move it in one piece, you’ll at least need to remove the casters when its time to go onto the trailer or truck.
If moving an upright piano, be sure not to let it lay on its back. Before you wrap it up, remember to leave access to the handles that are pre-built into the instrument. The bottom of an upright piano may have a storage space in it where you can keep some loose things. A strong built dolly is highly advisable when moving an upright piano, especially if there are no castors attached.
Pianos are best lifted onto an enclosed moving truck alone. However, if your piano must accompany other furniture as part of bigger move, keep it at the bottom of the truck, on a padded surface, taking extreme care not to overload it with things piled on top. If you are using a trailer or pick up truck, you’ll need to protect it from weather conditions. Either way, make sure the insides have an air hole for good air circulation to prevent moisture build up. When your piano is at its new spot, you may need to retune it.
At the end of the day, most people are best off to hire professional piano movers to handle this daunting task. Don’t be fooled into thinking a piano is something your friends can help with. Pianos are large and extremely heavy and could cause personal injury or death if not handled properly.