It happens all the time. We tell our customers of the importance of furniture pads before every job. Unfortunately, when we arrive to the job, there isn't a pad in sight. This can be devastating for a move. Basically no furniture is safe without the protection of a furniture pad. Furniture pads/quilts are one of the most important essentials for a successful move and are top priority when it comes to protecting your belongings.
If you are renting a truck from a company such as U-Haul or Penske, you have the option to rent furniture pads. Typically these cost $15/dozen which is a reasonable cost considering that the safety of your furniture and belongings are at stake.
If you are using the service of PODS or ABF, then you might have a little bit of trouble as these companies don't offer furniture pad rental services. You'll have to purchase them, which can be a little more costly. If this is the case for you, try calling around to local moving companies and see if they have any furniture pads to sell at a lower cost.
Exactly how many furniture pads do you need?
Each move is unique, and has different requirements. We recommend a dozen furniture pads per every bedroom, sometimes more to be on the safe side. We have also seen the recommendation of a dozen pads per every 5 feet of space, which is also good. Changes to this advice should be made: