Moving your Pilates equipment can be a daunting task. You’ve invested a lot of money, sweat, and energy in your equipment, so how do you make sure it all makes the journey in one piece? Whether you are moving across town or the country, in this two-part series, I’ll share my best tips to make a move smooth.
Note: These tips are geared toward moving equipment yourself, however, many of them will be helpful even if you have professional movers as they don’t often take the time to disassemble and prepare your equipment to be moved fully.
In this first installment, I want to talk about how to pack up your equipment, so you don’t lose anything en route.
Tools and Supplies
To pack your equipment and accessories well, I recommend going to your local hardware or moving store to pick up a few items:
- Cardboard boxes of varying sizes
- Packing Tape
- Masking Tape
- Plastic moving wrap (the saran-wrap stuff you see in the photos)
- The tools that came with your equipment (i.e. Allen wrenches) for disassembly
- A few sizes of English combo wrenches and sockets for disassembly
Also, I like to have some old towels, blankets, and either newspaper or bubble wrap to pack anything that is fragile or needs protecting from bumps and knocks. If you are moving your equipment yourself, renting those moving blankets will help cushion things in the truck a lot!
What to Pack
It’s tempting to just throw all your little bits and pieces in an upside-down sitting box and put them in the truck, but I urge you to take a little bit more time to get organized, so you’ll know where all the little bits and pieces are when it’s time to set up your equipment in your new space.
Sometimes you don’t know who is going to move which boxes, how long your equipment will be sitting or get moved around the new space, and which accessories go with which equipment.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to set up equipment after it has been moved, and critical parts are missing!
To avoid all this confusion, I use cardboard boxes and organize them by type of equipment. On the outside of each box, I write what exactly is in each box. I also include how many of each thing is in the box so I can quickly check once I arrive at the new space. This process is also helpful for double-checking that I get everything in the box in the first place. Am I moving eight Towers? I should have 16 T-pins. If not, I’m missing one somewhere!
Take a look at the image above for an example of how I labeled a box. I was only moving 1 Reformer/Tower Combo and 1 Chair, so I didn’t list quantities.
There are a few things that you should do to make sure everything that doesn’t fit in smaller cardboard boxes travels well.
On a Cadillac, once the canopy poles are removed from the base, place masking tape over any set screws on the receivers. Front and back! Doing this will keep those screws from rattling out in transit and leaving you with a Cadillac that you can’t assemble at the new location.
Use the moving plastic wrap to secure all the poles together. If you have a chair, wrap the chair handles together.
On a chair, use your moving plastic wrap to secure the pedal and springs to the base of the chair so that when the movers lift it, it doesn’t rattle around.
On a Reformer, secure the foot-bar to the frame, if possible. For example, with a Revo foot-bar, fold it down inside the frame and use your moving plastic wrap to secure it in place.
If you have an Infinity foot-bar or an Allegro 1 or 2, you have the option to remove the foot-bars before moving. It may make your Tetris game in the back of the truck more natural, however, there will be more separate parts to keep track of. It is totally up to you. I usually err on the side of renting too big of a truck, so I don’t need to stress about fitting everything in perfectly.
On any equipment, use masking tape to secure loose pieces to the frame — for example, lanyards and pins for metal risers.
By now, you should get the idea: First, pack easily disassembled small stuff in boxes. Second, wrap dis-assembled big things together, so it doesn’t bang around and is easy to carry in and out of the truck.
Hopefully, following these tips will ensure that you have several boxes and frames that will be easy to transport without losing or damaging bits and pieces along the way.
Stay tuned for the next installment when I will share my strategy for packing the truck or van effectively, so you don’t have to worry about your equipment in transit.