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How to Safely Move an Office Desk

We’re always about saving money. While we always recommend hiring professionals to fully secure your belongings, sometimes that isn’t an option. Let’s cover the key details to keep in mind when moving an office desk.

-Remove Detachable Parts-

Before you start moving your office desk, take the time to remove any detachable parts. This may include drawers, glass tops, cables, and other accessories that can be taken off the desk. Packing these items separately will not only make the desk lighter but also protect these components during the move.

-Wrap Drawers-

If you decide to keep the drawers in the desk during the move, it’s a good idea to wrap them. Use bubble wrap, packing paper, or blankets to ensure the drawers and their contents stay secure. This will prevent items from spilling out during the move and protect the drawers from potential damage.

-Protect the Desk-

Once you’ve removed or secured the detachable parts, it’s time to focus on the desk itself. Properly covering and securing the desk will safeguard it during the move. You have several options for this:

Moving Blankets

Wrap the desk in a moving blanket to protect it from scratches and dings. Secure the blanket with tape or ropes.


If your desk has drawers, you can use tape to secure them closed. Make sure the drawers won’t accidentally slide open during the move.

Cling Wrap

Another option is to use cling wrap to secure the entire desk. This clear plastic wrap can help keep the desk’s surfaces clean and intact.

Important Tips

-Get Help-

Moving an office desk can be a physically demanding task. If possible, enlist the help of friends or colleagues to make the process easier and safer. Don’t attempt to move a heavy desk by yourself, as it can lead to injuries.

-Measure Your Desk-

Before you start the move, measure your desk to ensure it can fit through the doorways, hallways, and stairways that will be part of the relocation process. Knowing the dimensions of your desk and the paths you’ll be using can prevent any unexpected obstacles and ensure a smoother move.

If all goes according to plan, you’ll be good as gold. For more moving tips, explore our Learning and Resource Centers. We also have a growing library of videos to help you prepare for your next office move.

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