As utilizing the services of efficient and reliable moving companies can save you lots of efforts and stress that goes with moving, there might be occurrences where you would not need those services at all. However though, even if you opt to move your items by yourself because they are just a few ones anyway, you might have the need to use some few pieces of moving blankets for such undertaking. Hence, you might opt to buy one for your own uses especially if you move a lot with your few pieces of furniture.
With the numerous different brands and types of moving blankets around, it could be quite cumbersome to pick which one to buy. But please keep in mind that not all blankets are made equal. Some can be more expensive and some can be less durable and some might be less attractive to look at. With that in mind, it might be of nice help if we would tackle some few basic things that one should look for should the need to buy one arises.
If one would take a quick glance at the different moving blankets on display, one could instinctively see that they are made of fabric. However, if we would take a closer look and scrutinize, we would then see the difference. Polyester, non-woven, cotton, mixed fabrics are the most common types of fabrics used in these blankets. Polyester is known to be smooth and soft yet very durable. Non-woven fabrics are those plain cloths you can see in many typical dresses. Their durability is not good enough; hence, they are only good for dust and stain protection. Cotton fabrics are very soft to the touch much like the feel of pure cotton. They are also durable but they do not possess the kind of smoothness and glittery like looks of polyester fabrics. Even though they look a bit rough, they can provide a good grip at the handler’s perspective because they do not slip much. Mixed fabrics are those that have a mixture of polyester and cotton.
Colors and Sizes
When it comes to sizes, the size you would spend your money for would depend upon your usage. If you’ve got some large items to move then you are better off with larger moving blankets although they may cost more than their smaller sized counterparts. With the vast arrays of colors lined up in various brands of blankets for moving, preferences would vary according to your color preference. But many have preferred dark colored blankets because the stains or dirt, if any, will not get so visible. In some folks, they also prefer to have dual colored blankets for the reason that it would be easy to determine which side is the interior and which one is the exterior. All in all, it would just boil down to your color preference actually.
A padded moving blanket usually have a stitched or quilted fabric surface. While the quilt patterns may not be that important, what should count the most is the kind of padding material used in the blanket. Padding materials are added for cushioning purposes. That is, the thicker and higher quality padding materials stuffed in the blanket, the greater is the capability of the blanket to handle bumps from blunt objects that may come in contact with the delicate items during their transport. Cotton padding or stuffing material is the most preferred. There may be some other padding used such as foam.
The Most Common Types Of Moving Blankets
As we already have tackled, for any instance of moving either overseas, abroad or just in another state, moving blankets have manifested their usefulness during the transport of your delicate house pieces and furniture. However though, due to the different preferences of their users, there are currently different types of a moving blanket that are manufactured. They vary in thickness, durability factor and of course, in prices. In this article, we will tackle the different types that are commonly used by many homeowners, moving services firms or moving companies.
Although there are many types of moving blankets these days available at varying sizes, colors and prices. Below are the most common one could see being used to wrap the items for transport:
Economy Type Blanket – This type can be the cheapest moving blanket that is available if you opt to purchase one. They are mostly of the non-quilted or the non-woven type. They are just plain covering without any cushion stuffing in them. They are mainly used to protect items against stains and dust and nothing more. Even with their limited capabilities, they are still good to go for a good number of moving instances or situations.
Premium Grade – These are bulky sheets with heavy cushion stuffing and highly durable woven material. Their outer sheets are usually made of terylene or some polyester variants which are highly durable and weather resistant while at the same time having the characteristic of being soft and flexible. As such, they can be heavy things to muster around. However though, this type has proven to create a high degree of protection for the moved furniture items especially for longer hauls such as international moving or cross country moving. This type is favored heavily by many moving and storage companies as they can ably provide adequate protection to the items being transported.
Cotton Type – Cotton material, as we all know, is made out of cotton and as such, they can cost more. That soft and smooth organic material used for many applications have found their way into moving blankets. This blanket is the fluffiest of all making it a good protection against bumps that can damage any exterior portion of a delicate furniture item. What makes them also a heavy favorite is because of the typical characteristic of cotton. That is, they tend to be not slippery which makes handling the items during loading and unloading not quite a dilemma.
Using Moving Blankets For Soundproofing
Many have probably come across the term ‘ soundproof moving blanket ’. I myself have been surprised when I heard that term. It has come to my earlier understanding that moving blankets are used for wrapping delicate items which cannot fit in moving boxes. Several moving companies have been using a variety of furniture moving blankets as part of their services. These blankets are wrapped as protective covers to avoid scratches which might be had when loading and unloading them from the moving trucks as well as during their transport.
With that notion in the deepest corners of my mind, I was then wondering why in the world would the furniture items need to be wrapped in a soundproof cover. Why is there a need for them to be insulated from sound? To satisfy my cravings for an answer, I tried asking a friend who once worked in a moving services company. His answer brought clarity to my confusion relative to soundproof moving blankets.
Actually, moving blankets, by their nature, are primarily designed for furniture moving. Because they are predominantly thick due to heavy stuffing, they can also be capable of acting as a sound barrier or a sound insulator. That is why they can be described as Sound Deadening Blanket. As a backgrounder, foams and cushion materials have the inherent characteristic of absorbing sound waves. The thicker they are, the more sound waves they are bound to absorb. Because of this and technically speaking, moving blankets, especially the thick ones, can be used to function as sound barriers in a wide variety of applications such as recording rooms and recording studios.
However though, these blankets for moving should not be taken as a full replacement for the real soundproof materials necessary for installations in applications which require a very high degree of sound insulation. Authentic soundproofing systems can insulate up to 99% of noise. Even with the thickest quilted moving blanket, it would not come close to this. They would just be good for rugged purposes or having an improvised sound barrier in some applications. For example, if there is some noise generated around the neighborhood due to engineering works or construction, then a moving blanket can be useful to insulate your room against the noise.
Another instance where they will come useful as a sound barrier is when you happen to have a teenager who loves to play heavy metal or rock music inside his room using some high wattage subwoofers and speakers. The sound of that would be quite annoying, well at least, for many adults. Hence, putting some layers of moving blanket on the walls in your teenager’s room can help quite a bit in reducing much of the noise emanating from his room to comfortable levels.