The Padding Movers Use

Let’s take a sneak peek into the backstage of moving. When shipments are packing up, there’s always a lot of Tetris-like behavior happening. Sure, loveseats and sofas can easily become platforms for other stackables but they need to be protected as they do. That’s where padding comes in handy. Here, we’ll discuss the most common forms of padding available to your packer.


Those big blue, green, or yellow blankets that you see are usually factory seconds from quilting factories. Their imperfections are just visual problems, like missed stitching or strangely sewn ends. They’re completely viable quilts, but customers want their quilts to be beautiful—and who can blame them?

Therefore, moving companies get one of the first digs at buying factory seconds. These are perfect static-free blankets that wrap around hard corners or sensitive glass surfaces to give them the protection they need during your move. You may also see these blankets used in makeshift corrals or wrapped and tied around large objects (like gym mats) to secure them in a roll.

Paper Wrap


If you have a lot of knick-knacks or know someone who does, you know exactly what paper wrapping is. It’s a thick paper that’s used to carefully wrap easily damaged items. Why paper? Because it absorbs an incredible amount of shock, it’s very cheap, and it’s very easy to dispose of. Even if a client has a large amount of paper left over from unpacking, they can probably pack it into 1-3 large boxes to dispose of it.

Paper wrap is most often used for plates and in the kitchen with utensils and other such items.

Padded Wrap

A padded wrap is also a form of a paper wrap, though it usually has some form of filling in between sandwiched layers of paper. This stuff is great for anything with a sharp edge that may easily break. That means if you’re an aquarium enthusiast, this is what you want your tanks wrapped in.

This wrap prevents all sorts of issues from springing up and is somewhat waterproof as well. In the best case, this is the wrap that the movers bring to wrap everything with. It does provide a lot of support for breakables and a lot of comfort that your shipment is being extra-carefully wrapped.

You can absolutely request nothing but padded wrap if you so prefer. However, this may mean that you have more boxes than originally considered. The padded wrapping often takes up a good portion of the box. This is why it isn’t used quite as much as the normal paper wrap for things that just don’t need it.

Bubble Wrap

While this is incredibly common within the mail shipping business, it’s not as frequently used with moving and shipping. Why? Bubble wrap is a great deal more expensive than either of the wraps mentioned above and it does little different to protect your belongings. Why push for a higher overhead for clients when paper works just as well?

There’s also the fact that bubble wrap is made of plastic. Paper can be recycled. Bubble wrap, in some areas, cannot. Even if it can, why expand a carbon footprint to create it in the first place? Moving is attempting to become a greener business. That starts with easily recycled materials like cardboard and paper, or evergreen materials like blankets.


Packing peanuts, Styrofoam, and other large-block foam are rarely used in moving situations. Along with moving trying to become greener, the simple fact of the matter is that these are costly items and they easily crumple under pressure. Foam is not your friend.

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