How to Ship Furniture as Freight
Shipping furniture as freight can be the most affordable option. Most likely, piece or pieces of furniture you’re shipping will not take up an entire truckload. This type of shipment is referred to as less-than-truckload (LTL) freight. Furniture shipped as LTL freight will share a container with other shipments. LTL freight travels on a hub system, so your furniture will exchange trucks several times before reaching its destination. When creating a listing on uShip, fill in the details of your furniture items and denote that you would like to ship your furniture as freight. Capable freight transporters or forwarders will bid on your load with specific prices and time frames, and you will have a chance to evaluate their profile for authority and feedback.
There are special requirements for shipping furniture as freight, and it may not be the ideal service for every piece. To ship furniture via LTL freight, you will have to choose your carrier carefully, package your furniture correctly, and be prepared for pickup and drop off.
Choosing a furniture freight company
All freight carriers are required by law to have operating authority from the Department of Transportation When collecting quotes, make sure to verify your freight carrier’s authority at safersys.org by checking their company name or DOT/MC numbers.
Packaging furniture as freight
Furniture shipped as freight will be loaded and unloaded several times, often by a forklift. For this reason, furniture needs to be packaged carefully to prepare it for handling during transport as freight. Most LTL freight carriers will require you to palletize your furniture before shipping.
You can palletize your furniture in three easy steps:
- If your furniture can be disassembled, do so.
- Next, crate your furniture in a wooden box.
- Finally place your crated furniture on a wooden pallet and secure it with bands.
Ask your freight carrier for advice on packing your furniture. Each company will have different requirements.
Freight pick up and delivery
As opposed to white glove moving service, a freight carrier will not bring your furniture inside. Generally, freight service is curb-to-curb, and you will be responsible for loading and unloading your furniture. Your freight driver may be willing to help with this, but it is a good idea to have at least two able-bodied people available to help move large pieces of furniture.