Let me start saying that the utilization of moving blankets is not as effective as a professional soundproof of your room, studio, or any living quarters. The solutions for soundproofing we described in this article to soundproof a studio or to soundproof a bathroom or a window, are still my recommended options.
Nevertheless, it is possible that you are just renting the house and cannot commit to perform a complete soundproofing, that you are on a budget, or that you just require temporary solution.
What I propose in this article is just a sound dampening solution, preferably something cheap and temporary.
i will also explain you in this article which moving blankets have good dampening effects, and are also cheap. Also, I will explain you how to use these moving blankets, how many do you need according to the surface to cover.
If you don’t want to splash the cash on a sound proofed room, moving blankets are a great budget alternative that you can actually hang around the room in question and create a makeshift music studio.
It may shock you to hear that moving blankets don’t only come in handy when you’re moving house: they’re also great for soundproofing!
That’s right: using moving pads for soundproofing is a relatively widespread phenomenon with many people across the US using them to reconfigure their home environments.
Fancy creating a makeshift music studio? Kit out it cheaply with moving blankets instead of professional soundproofing.
Want to stay up late playing loud video games? Moving pads are your new best friend.
But before you get all jazzed up and order a bounty of these products, there are a few things you should know before you get started.
Here’s everything we think you should know about using moving blankets for soundproofing…
One of the most ingenious uses for moving pads is to provide sound insulation in a room.
This is a cheap and surprisingly effective way to create your own at-home recording studio. No wonder so many musicians and vocalists are investing in moving blankets!
These heavy pads — when hung from the walls — work to absorb sound waves, reducing echoes and other audio distortion.
While it may not be quite the same as recording in a professional studio, soundproofing with moving blankets will at least improve the acoustics of the room and allow you to record quality vocals and music at home.
Sound-proofing: premium moving blankets are often very thickly padded and so provide a level of sound-proofing that you wouldn’t expect from a normal blanket. Pop them under door frames if you want to block out any sound.
What Are Moving Blankets?
These thick fabric sheets protect your furniture and valuables like nothing else during the moving process, and ensure that nothing gets broken or scratched during transit.
We’ve compiled this ultimate buying guide to moving blankets so you’ll be totally clued up on what you need (and why you need it!) before you buy.
If you’ve ever seen professional movers loading up furniture onto their huge trucks, you’ll likely have spotted them using large fabric blankets to cover these items when you’re in the truck.
These are moving blankets, and are specifically designed to keep your stuff from getting damaged during the moving process.
Some professional movers will provide their own blankets for their use but many will request that you buy or rent your own for this purpose.
Of course, if you’re moving stuff yourself with a hired van, you’ll also have to provide them — if not, expect a lot of scuffed up and scratched furniture by the time you reach your destination!
Moving Blanket Facts
- Sizes: Medium (72″ x 54″) or Large (72″ x 80″)
- Material: Usually a mix of non-woven fabric and polyester
- How many in a pack: Usually 12, although you can buy them singly
- Prices: Vary hugely according to quality, anywhere upwards of around $15 a blanket (but you can get great deals when buying in bulk)
The Main Principle: Soundproofing Is Related To The Density Of The Structure Of The Moving Blankets
First of all, the main principle is that the soundproofing (sound dampening, to be more precise) is related to the density of the structure of the moving blanket, moreover, it is linked also to the thickness of the pad.
Moving Blankets For Soundproofing: What You Need To Know
They Absorb Sound
Let’s clear one thing up straight away: using moving pads will not compare to professionally soundproofing your room or studio.
This is a cheap and easy way to achieve some of the benefits of soundproofing — great for those on a budget, renters who can’t soundproof their rental home and people with minimal technical know-how in the insulation department.
Moving blankets — especially the thick ones — will absorb sound and, if installed correctly, will reduce the number of sound waves able to bounce off hard surfaces and walls.
They’re not a perfect solution, but they’re a good place to start. Rather than ‘sound-proofing’, moving pads will provide sound dampening.
The Heavier The Better
If you scrimped on price and bought the super cheap, thin, economy moving blankets, you may find that you don’t have much luck when it comes to soundproofing.
In this case, heavier is always better.
The weightier the blanket, the more sound it will be able to absorb and, therefore, the more effective it will be!
Choose Pads With Grommets
As you’ll be hanging the pads off the walls, the most convenient thing will be to buy moving pads with grommets or eyelets already built in.
These will allow you to simply hang the blankets off wall hooks without you having to do anything at all.
If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, however, you can still buy grommet kits which will let you manually create your own grommets in the blanket. Just allow yourself a little extra time to get started!
You Can Buy Specific Pads for Soundproofing
While this option won’t be appropriate for people on a tight budget, it would be remiss of us not to include it.
As we know, moving blankets are primarily used to protect your furniture during the stressful process of moving house.
They’re not really intended for soundproofing and haven’t been optimized for that purpose.
Having said that, some companies have cottoned on to the fact that many musicians and vocal artists are looking for low-cost sound-proofing alternatives, and have produced similar blankets that have been configured specially for sound absorption.
Companies like Audimute Soundproofing, for instance, have created ready-made pads that are already grommeted, made of 100% natural fibers and specially engineered for acoustic performance.
Sure, they’re more expensive than regular moving blankets — a 2 pack of ‘Acoustic Sheets’ is priced at $138, but you do have to pay for quality.
How to Hang Moving Blankets for Soundproofing
Once you’ve bought your moving blankets, your next question is probably along the lines of how you hang them for the best effect.
There are no strict rules here and you may want to experiment to find what provides the best results for you and your space.
Most people simply line the walls of the room in question with the blankets, with some also opting to cover the ceiling and floor as well.
Other people choose to create a virtual space by free hanging four blankets from the ceiling to create a small square space. This will work best for people who live in a studio or who don’t wish to sound proof an entire room for whatever reason.
Some people argue that you’ll get the best results — particularly if you’re recording vocals — when you hang the blankets in a V shape behind the singer.
Types of Moving Blankets
There are a few different kinds of moving blankets, but two main categories of Thick Moving Blankets and Thin Moving Blankets, with some in-between.
Thick Moving Blankets may also be referred to as quilted, professional, or heavy duty. The main feature of these high quality blankets is their thickness. These blankets are often made of woven fabric and are heavier when comparing weight.
Thin Moving Blankets may also be referred to as cheap, economy, or felt. The main feature of these lower quality blankets is their price. They are usually made with a non-woven material that is pressed and are lighter when comparing weight.
Some blankets may be made of micro fiber, wool, or burlap, but most moving blankets are made out of a durable polyester/cotton blend. They can also come in a variety of colors and patterns such as black or camouflage, but the most popular type is solid blue. Almost all moving blankets measure 72” x 80”. Also, most moving blankets are made in China, but there are still some that are made in the United States.
We can also classify moving blankets in a different way:
You can generally split moving blankets into three different categories according to their quality:
Skins are the lowest quality blankets on offer but also the cheapest. These are a great budget buy or for your less valuable/scratchable items. Skins are unpadded blankets and are just a single sheet of fabric.
Economy blankets are the next tier up and are slightly more reinforced than skins. They usually have binding around the edges and are made from a mix of woven and non-woven fabrics and polyester.
Premium blankets are the best moving blankets you can get, offering your furniture and goods a higher degree of protection, albeit at a higher price. They’re usually very well padded, made of cotton or woven fabrics, and reinforced with double lock zig zag stitching for ultimate durability.
Moving Blankets vs Furniture Pads
If you’re wondering whether to spend money on moving blankets or furniture pads, stop wondering — they’re exactly the same thing!
Different manufacturers will call them by different names, but they are the same product.
The most important differentiation is how much padding and reinforcement each blanket or pad offers.
How Many Moving Blankets Do I Need
The question is often asked, “How many moving blankets do I need?” The answer of course is: It depends.
It depends on how much stuff you have to protect. A good rule of thumb that is often used to estimate is by is how many bedrooms the house your are moving from has in it. Some people recommend a dozen moving pads for each bedroom in the house.
1 Bedroom – 12 Blankets
2 Bedroom – 24 Blankets
3 Bedroom – 36 Blankets
4 Bedroom – 48 Blankets
Another way people estimate how many furniture pads they need is to get 1 pad for every 5 square feet of space during transportation. If you had a 20ft moving truck for example, you would want around 32 moving blankets using this method.
A more precise way of estimating how many mover pads to get is simply to count the number of items you want to protect and the number blankets needed to cover that item. It is always best to add a few extra onto that total however, just in case something gets overlooked.
Hopefully these methods will enable you to better estimate how many moving blankets you will need to purchase.
How Big are Moving Blankets?
Most moving blankets are 72” x 80”. In feet that is 6 ft. x 6.7 ft. This is the most common size you will find most places. However, some places to sell oversized moving blankets.
These extra large moving blankets can measure different sizes such as 98” x 72” or 77” x 120”. They may be useful for items in which using 2 blankets may be difficult, or even sound proofing. Large moving blankets like these should always have the price checked before purchase, as it may make more sense to have multiple standard sized blankets if you plan on reusing them.
There are also smaller size moving blankets that can measure sizes such as 24” x 36” or 40” x 72”. These may be useful for smaller objects, but you should also consider simply folding a regular size to fit the object.
The standard sized blankets make them versatile for a number of different applications other than moving. You may consider using them as a picnic blanket, or even folding them over for a dog bed.
What Type of Moving Blanket Should I Buy?
Firstly, if you’re moving house and wondering whether to spend money on moving blankets, we’d definitely recommend that you do so — unless your moving company already provide these free of charge as part of their service.
Without moving blankets, you’re simply asking for your furniture to be damaged or even destroyed. Many professional movers won’t take responsibility for the state of furniture during the moving process, so you need to do as much as possible to ensure their protection.
Moving blankets are the easy solution.
As to whether you should opt for skins or splash out on more premium blankets, that really depends on what you’re using the product for and how often you intend to use it.
If you simply want to cover up your sofa to stop it from getting ripped or covered in dust, you should be able to get away with skins or economy blankets.
But if the items you want to cover are of a higher value or are likely to become scratched if they’re bumping around in a moving truck for hours on end, premium blankets are a worthy investments.
Wooden tables, desks, pianos and the like are all worth spending a little more on to protect. And as premium moving blankets aren’t hugely more expensive than their budget counterparts, it’s an easy purchasing decision to make.
Also, premium moving blankets generally last a lot longer and can withstand more abuse than skins and economy ones. If you move a lot or want to use the blankets regularly, it’s worth forking out a bit more for a higher quality product.
If you only intend on using them once and you don’t have any ‘at risk of scratching’ products, the cheaper moving blankets should definitely suffice.
How To Use Moving Blankets
Moving Blankets can be used in a variety of ways. They are used when moving to protect items from getting damaged.
Moving Blankets (also called Furniture Pads or Warehouse Pads) can protect any number of items by being attached to them like with a T.V., or simply draped over them like on a banister. Moving blankets come in different sizes and thicknesses that are geared toward specific use cases. In general the thicker the blanket, the more protection it will provide.
1. Lay out the blanket on the item you want to protect.
2. If the blanket does not cover the item completely, consider using a second blanket.
3. Secure the blanket or blankets with packing tape, stretch wrap or rubber bands.
4. Remove the blankets when your items arrive at their destination and keep them stored because they can be reutilized.
Below I explain you step by step about how to use a moving blanket. This video gives step by step instructions.
Choosing the Correct Moving Blanket for your Situation
1. Figure out the size of the object, or average size of most objects you will be covering.
2. Determine how sensitive the surface is that you are covering. The more sensitive, the thicker blanket you will want.
3. Determine if color matters to you, for most people it does not.
What Else Can Moving Blankets Be Used For?
If you’re considering buying moving blankets as opposed to simply renting them, you may be wondering what else they can be used for other than on the few occasions that you’ll be moving house.
Thankfully, lots of people have come up with lots of ingenious ways to recycle their moving blankets, both obvious and non-obvious.
When you’re deciding whether to buy or rent moving blankets, one of the first questions you’ll likely be asking yourself is what else you can use them for.
After all, you don’t move house that regularly — so what else can your moving pads help you with once you’ve bought them?
There are actually lots of different uses for these handy household products, so there’s no need to worry that you’ll be wasting money by buying them.
We’ve used ours for everything from pet blankets to creating an amateur home recording studio!
Let’s find out more…
Other Uses For Moving Blankets
1. Soundproofing a Room
We already mentioned this possibility above and we discussed the thickness and the density of the moving blankets that are suitable for soundproofing, or actually we have to say “sound dampening”.
2. Storage Protection
At some point in your life, it’s likely that you’ll have to put your furniture and belongings into storage.
Just like when you move house, this will make your furniture vulnerable to damage — scratches and dust, especially.
This is where moving pads (also called furniture pads in this instance) come in handy. They’ll protect your goods while they’re being transported and installed into the storage facility, while also ensuring that they’re stored free from dust and moisture.
3. Redecorating Protection
Another time that your furniture could do with the protection offered by moving blankets is during home redecoration.
As this is often something people do when they first move to a new home, it might be the first time you’ll get to use the moving pads since the actual move.
If you’re painting or remodeling, simply throw a blanket or two over your belongings to keep them safe.
Especially if you own anything white!
4. Floor Protection
One of the best places to use your moving pads after moving is on the floor in a garage or storage room.
These cheap mats are a good canvas for messy and dirty areas — and they’re washable too, so don’t worry about them getting too filthy!
5. Car Protection
Another great alternative use is to lie the moving blankets along the back seat of your car to protect the upholstery, or even in the trunk.
This way, if you’re transporting something that could spill or stain, you don’t need to worry about taking your car in for a valet service. That goes double if you have to transport something dirty or dusty.
And, of course, it’s a great protective barrier for your seats when you’re taking the dogs out for a ride. We love our pets, but we don’t love it when their hair gets wound into the upholstery!
6. Pet Blanket
And on the subject of pets, you can also use moving blankets as a snuggly type of bedding for them as well.
Pet lovers love moving blankets for draping inside the trunk of their car and over the back seats to keep pesky dog hairs off the fabric. Throwing a moving blanket on quickly before putting your pup in the car is much easier than having to vacuum all the hairs off afterwards.
The thick quilt is often cushioned enough to serve as a comfortable bed — and, again, it’ll trap Fido’s hairs before they get into your carpet fibers.
Plus, the fact that moving pads are washable means that there’s no need to worry about any nighttime little accidents!
7. Moving Furniture
If you’ve got beautiful hardwood floors, the last thing you want to do is scratch it up by pushing your sofa across it.
Instead, lay down those moving blankets and use them as a lily pad to easily slide your furniture across the floor with.
Yes, we’re thinking about Froggo.
Not only will it keep your floors free of scratches, but it’ll make the moving process itself much easier too!
8. Use Them At The Beach
Yes, that’s right: you can actually use your moving blanket as an actual blanket.
As they’re so easy to fold and transport, they make for a great canvas when it’s time for a picnic or a lie-down in nature.
Whether you’re at the beach or in the park, you’ll be glad you brought them along!
9. To Absorb Spillage
One of the most common uses of moving pads other than for actually moving is to place them in your trunk, under your grocery bags.
That way, if you have to do an emergency stop and — god forbid! — the wine bottle gets cracked, all you’ll need to do is wash the blanket rather than get the whole trunk serviced.
Thank goodness they’re so absorbent!
As well as in the trunk, you could use a thin moving blanket in place of a tablecloth on a buffet table, or any other situation where people are likely to spill food and drinks onto your furniture.
10. To Keep You Warm
Moving blankets are not intended to keep things warm. That being said, blankets are in the name!
There are different thicknesses of blankets, some with filling in them. It is certainly possible that you could use them to keep warm with. However, these blankets may not be as cozy as you are thinking. Some of them are coated in a wax-like substance which is not the most pleasant to touch. Other blankets are rough to the touch as well.
You may consider moving blankets to keep warm in a emergency situation, but you would not want to use them for everyday warmth.
Now, we really hope that you’re not ever in a situation where your only option is to have a moving blanket keep you warm, but you never really know.
These blankets are so thick, quilted and insulating that they’ll be an absolute godsend if you ever find yourself without electricity in the winter, or stranded while out on the road one night.
11. To Protect The Surface Of Your Furniture And Stair Banisters
if you’re painting, wallpapering or plastering and you can’t move out your furniture from the room, moving blankets double up as a great way to protect your stuff. Simply throw them over the top and get on with it!
if you’re having a bulky item delivered to the upstairs of your house — perhaps a bed or desk and you don’t want to risk scratching your banisters on the way up, throw over your moving blankets on the way up.
How Much Do Moving Blankets Cost?
Just as the types of moving blankets can vary a great deal, so can the prices. It is important to note that the old saying is true here, “You get what you pay for.”
Low-range light weight moving blankets, 3.5 lbs and under, usually will run you between $3.00 and $12.00 each. These pads offer very little protection.
Mid-range moving blankets weighing 3.5 lbs to 5.5 lbs usually cost somewhere in the range of $6.00 to $15.00 each. These blankets are good for protecting hardwood furniture, sofas, and most harder objects. These are probably the most popular types of moving blankets people use and offer a good deal of protection.
High-range of moving blankets weighing 5.5 lbs all the way up to 9 lbs will cost you in the range of $9.00 to $30.00. These blankets are the top of the line and are great for protecting fragile items and softwood furniture. These blankets are the best you can get and offer maximum protection. These are the ones we need for soundproofing.
So how much do moving blankets cost? In general the heavier the blanket, the more protection it offers, the more it will cost. As with all things, when you are buying online be sure to check the weight and even the size of the blankets before purchasing to be sure you are getting the best deal.
Where to Buy Moving Blankets
Most people choose to buy their moving blankets in bulk from the store.
Here’s a few of the most common places to find them:
Popular Deals on Amazon
As always, Amazon offer some great deals on moving blankets and certainly offer the most choice across a variety of brands. While they do sell the items individually, you can often find a cracking bulk deal of multiple ones in a pack too.
The moving blankets 12 pack are generally the most economical way to buy them.
Moving Blankets Home Depot
Home Depot sell a variety of moving blankets priced from around $10 to $37 each. Sizes include the classic large 72″ x 80″ up to a massive 144″ x 80″.
Moving Blankets Walmart
Walmart too have got an impressive selection of moving blankets. You can see them all here.
They range from $13.19 for a single economy blanket to just over $90 for a pack of 10 medium size economy blankets.
Thick, premium moving blankets are priced at just over $20 for a large 72″ x 80″ size.
Moving Blankets Lowes
Lowe’s also sell moving blankets, although only one type, individually.
Prices and availability vary according to location so enter in your zip code to get the most accurate information for you.
It’s worth noting that these are made of cotton, so are high quality, and are available in a standard large size of 80″ x 72″.
U-Haul Moving Blankets
As well as renting out moving blankets, U-Haul also sell them. At really reasonably prices too!
The quilted pads are a luxurious 1/8th of an inch thick, but are still pretty lightweight.
Moving Blankets Menards: Too Expensive
Menards also sell three types of moving blankets in their online store that range in price and size. I did not like them and I have not found the models that I know. The ones I find do not have the density that I would recommend you to use.
The cheapest is a $15.99 blanket that’s quite small at 72″ x 40″ but of a reasonable quality, made from double stitched polyester and a cotton outer fabric.
They also have a more standard sized blanket for $16.99 each — 72″ x 80″ — and a durable quilted moving blanket from Duck that’s $25.99 and measures 45″ x 72″.
Rent Moving Blankets Cheap: List Of Places To Rent Online
If you only intend on using moving blankets for a one-off situation, you might want to consider renting them instead.
This is obviously much cheaper in the short term so a good idea for people on a budget.
U-Haul offer moving blanket rentals, charged by each individual blanket that you need. You can rent them either from one of their physical locations or reserve them online.
This is a particularly useful deal if you’re already hiring a truck from them!
There are also a few smaller operations offering moving blankets rental. For instance, iCan are currently offering them at $5 per blanket. That’s a great deal for the large sizes at 72″ x 80″.
When it comes to moving house, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is whether to buy or rent moving pads. It’s a stressful time, with lots of things going on and going wrong, so it’s natural for some things to fall by the wayside.
But regardless of how stressful moving home gets, know that you need moving blankets.
These are the only product that will keep your furniture and treasured items from getting scratched in transit. They’re non-negotiable. You’ve gotta get them.
The only question is: should you buy or rent moving blankets?
Here’s what we think…
Should I Buy Or Rent Moving Pads?
Benefits of Buying Moving Pads
The major benefit of buying moving blankets as opposed to simply renting them is the fact that you can use them again and again, and for whatever reason you desire.
So, while you may not be moving house every year, you may be using them for other things, such as the following:
- Soundproofing rooms
- Furniture protection during home decoration and refurbishment
- Protecting furniture and other goods in storage
- Car seat covers
- Pet blankets
Essentially, moving pads come in useful at any time where you want to protect and preserve a large object.
Let’s face it, many of us will be spending time and money redecorating and refurbishing a house when we first move in. There’s not a lot of point of protecting your furniture in a moving van if you’re just going to leave it open to injury during the refurbishment phase.
If you’re likely to be taking on a redecorating project any time soon, or are planning to put anything in storage, we’d definitely recommend that you buy moving blankets instead of just renting them. Not only is it more convenient, but it’ll end up being more economical in the long run too.
Of course, convenience itself is another major benefit of buying moving pads.
If you own them, you can simply store them in whatever state you please until you need them next. But if you buy them, you’ll be responsible for returning them in the condition you hired them in — not as easy as it sounds when it comes to the mess of moving house!
Benefits of Renting Moving Blankets
The major benefit of renting moving pads is cost.
While most moving blankets can be bought relatively cheaply, there’s no denying that it’s cheaper to rent them — at least for one-time use.
That’s why we recommend renting them if you’re only going to use them the one time and don’t see any future use for them.
Another reason why you might not want to buy them is the fact that you’ll have to store them. While this isn’t as much of a problem if you’re likely to get good use out of them, it will definitely prove annoying if you’re not ever planning on using them again.
And that goes double if you’ve got limited storage space in your new house.
Of course, if you can find another use for them — as car seat covers or pet blankets, that might solve that problem pretty quickly!
Buying vs Renting Moving Pads: Cost
So, what are the usual costs for buying or renting moving blankets?
This is actually quite a difficult question to answer as there’s no set price for all moving pads.
The general rule of thumb is that higher quality blankets command a higher price tag — for both buying and renting. And, of course, renting will generally always be cheaper than buying the product for yourself.
Most are sold and rented in packs of 12.
A lower quality pack — where the blankets are smaller and thinner in size — might be priced around $50 and up to buy.
A higher quality pack — where the blankets are large and thick — could cost northwards of $100 to buy.
Occasionally, you’ll find them sold in smaller packs and even individually — although it’s generally always better value to buy in bulk.
If we look at the cost to rent furniture pads, you’ll see they’re a lot cheaper. U-Haul has a pack of 6 that start from $5 to rent, which incrementally increases with the quality of the blanket and the number you’re planning on renting.