There are many more office system manufacturers in the world. Shipping office systems at a cost-effective price point is a challenge. Used office cubicles don’t keep much value. Buying new office furniture is expensive. Somewhere between these two is the need to transport the furniture. Buying or selling office equipment, freight costs are a huge factor in your pricing.
Whether you are shipping furniture purchased online or direct to customers, FreightCenter does the heavy lifting for you – from the paperwork required, tracking and status notifications, to arranging services through one of the nation’s best freight carriers at the best rates. If you have a preferred carrier, chances are they are already a FreightCenter partner.
Whether you’re shipping a refrigerator to your new home, a couch to a relative, or a television you just bought online, we’ll help ship your items safely and on time, taking care of all the hard work and offering tips and tools along the way. Just enter a few short details on the quote form below and you’ll be able to instantly compare low freight rates from all the top LTL carriers in one easy place.
Shipping items of the office and household nature is not a difficult challenge and can easily be accomplished by you. We’ll walk you through every step of the way and make sure you’re up to speed on what’s happening with your freight at all times. We’ll even offer ways for you to save money, as shipping to or from a residence can be a more expensive than other locations such as a freight terminal. Trust that you’re taken care of when you ship with FreightCenter.Compare Freight Shipping Quotes
White Glove Services
Sit back and relax while a dedicated team packages up your freight for you. They’ll even load it onto the truck and unload and unpackage it once it reaches its destination. It couldn’t be easier. Talk to your agent about adding on this additional service.
How to Package Furniture
Packaging your freight appropriately is a crucial step in ensuring it remains unharmed during it’s time in transit. Keep in mind that your precious rocking chair or grandfather clock will be in a trailer among heavy and bulky items such as an engine. It’s your duty and obligation to package your freight well enough so that nothing happens to it.
PRO TIP: Crate your freight & save some money! Transporting unpackaged furniture can be very costly. Box, crate or palletize your freight shipment to save up to 50% or more on shipping costs. Need help packaging your furniture, office systems or machinery? Talk to your FreightCenter Agent about professional packaging options at an additional cost.
A suitable option that can offer adequate protection for your most fragile items. Be sure to stuff the remaining space in the crate with material such as bunched-up newspaper to prevent your item from shifting during transit.
Whether you have several stackable items or one large item, a pallet is another option for packaging your freight. The item(s)should not exceed the dimensions of the pallet or hang over the edge. If your item is fragile, first wrap it in several layers of bubble wrap. Afterward, shrink wrap everything to the pallet and ensure it won’t move.
A cardboard box does offer protection, though not much. If your item is not that fragile, this option is suitable. The box should be filled with packing peanuts to fill the space.
Barrel or Drums
This option is similar to a crate. The drum or barrel will protect your freight well, you just need to make sure you fill the remaining empty space with a material so your item is not bouncing around during its travel.
How to Measure Furniture
Furniture and office shipping is easier when it’s boxed and palleted. That way, it’s easier to measure and weigh. Measuring your freight properly is an essential step that will prevent you from being faced with a rebill charge. Any time your freight exceeds the weight or dimensions of what you initially listed when receiving and booking your shipment, the freight carrier has to rebill you for that and it could have been easily prevented.
When measuring your freight, you’re going to want to gather the following information: weight, length, width & height.
50 pounds of rocks and 50 pounds of feathers both weigh 50 pounds – right? But, 50 pounds of rocks take up much less space, and are much denser than 50 pounds of feathers.
The denser something is, the less likely it is to get damaged in transit.
The less likely it is to get damaged during transit, the lower the freight class.
The lower the freight class, the less expensive it is to ship.
Dense items = cheaper to ship
Less dense/more fragile items = more expensive to ship
Tips and Tricks
- Include all packaging materials in your final measurements. This includes the pallet, crate, bubble wrap, etc.
- If your item is shaped oddly, gather measurements from the widest points of the item.
- Some carriers go by density weight which is a different weight than what you read off a scale, consult with your agent to determine if this is the case.
What Is Density Weight?
It’s when more than just weight is taken into account. It includes the dimensions for length, width and height too.
Money Saving Tips for Furniture and Office Shipping
Because freight trucks are large and it’s hard for them to maneuver in tight spaces, there is a surcharge for drivers to pick up or drop off in residential locations. When possible, conduct your pickups and drops offs at a commercial location or freight terminal to avoid paying extra.
Limited Access Location
Just because a location is commercial, doesn’t mean it’s not limited access. It could be a business in a desolate area, or a business in a crowded metro area, both of which have the potential to be limited access. Verify with your agent to confirm the location you’re shipping to and from is not limited access.
The driver is not responsible for assisting you in any way with this step either. If it is determined that the usage of a liftgate is necessary for the pick up or drop off, the driver will use one and you will get rebilled for it at a higher rate than if you had simply opted in for it at the time of booking.