The Sweat-Free Way to Load a Moving Truck

By Staff

So you're moving yourself -- all set to load up that moving truck?

No? We can help.

The first key to loading your own truck is having help. Whether you hire people or are counting on friends and family for a helping hand, have enough assistance so you don't damage your items – or damage yourself. And remember that heavier items like sofas and dressers require a certain number of people to lift and move -- you probably won't have access to the professional moving supplies that a moving company crew uses.

Step 1

Ensure your boxes are completely packed -- top to bottom and side to side. If there's empty space in a box, fill it with paper so the boxes don't get crushed if other items are stacked on them.

To save time and increase efficiency, have everything you need to load your truck before you begin the actual loading.

Stretch-wrap sofas to protect them from getting dirty or punctured. The same would apply for mattresses and other soft pieces.

Have enough padded materials on hand to protect your furniture. Wrapping furniture makes it easier to load tightly in the truck without hurting it. Load stuff tightly to prevent items jostling against one another during the move.


Start at the front of the truck or van and work your way toward the back. Pack items from floor to ceiling as if you're putting together a jigsaw puzzle -- every space should be filled so no items shift during transportation. Boxes should be used as filler for open spaces.

It may be necessary to disassemble some things to ensure safe transport, such as removing legs from tables, in order to load the shipment tightly. Place heavier stuff lower on the truck, with lighter items on top of the heavier ones.

Sofas and some other pieces may be placed on their ends to get your truck packed tightly, but be sure to place them next to items that will not cause damage.

If for some reason you do not use the entire truck, secure the back of your shipment with loading straps or other materials to keep loads from sliding backward.

You will want to be careful not to drag items in the truck because you may damage sofa and table legs, or dresser bottoms.