The number of moving blankets or furniture pads you will need for your residential move depends on the amount and type of furniture you have. As a general rule of thumb, you should have at least one furniture pad per large item of furniture, such as a sofa, bed, dresser, or table.
If you have fragile or delicate items, you may want to use additional moving blankets to provide extra protection during the move. Additionally, if you have any antiques or valuable items, you may want to consider using specialized padding or crating to ensure their safety.
It’s always better to have more furniture pads than you think you’ll need, as they can be used to protect other items during the move, such as electronics or artwork.
If you don’t have an out of the ordinary move with loads of fragile pieces, wood furniture, or artwork, we recommend you use our furniture pad calculator below. This works very well for the average residential move.
Moving Blanket/Furniture Pad Calculator
Where can I purchase moving pads?
You can typically rent or buy moving blankets from your local moving supply store. Moving blankets can be purchased at many other stores as well. Some common retailers include:
- Lowes (about $17)
- HomeDepot (about $17)
- Harbor Freight (about $9)
- Amazon (6 pack available for about $40)
- Walmart (12 pack available for about $41)
Want to learn more about moving blankets and furniture pads?
Check out our Ultimate How-To Guide to Moving Blankets for more info on moving blankets!
Collin Flynn comes born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin off the coast of Lake Michigan. He graduated from Coe College in 2019 with a degree in physics. He is the founder of College Movers, a company that enables young entrepreneurial-minded people to open their own business utilizing the gig-economy and its technological backing. Collin has 4+ years of experience in the moving industry and writes about moving, fitness, and business. When he's not managing his business you can find him running, biking, or swimming — after all he does have triathlons to train for.