How do I know how to ship small & large handmade items? Well, I ship my custom made tables, wall art, and other various items to my customers all over these great United States of America.
As a result, it is very important for my items to arrive safely and on-time. If not, I lose money & my daughter can't take dance lesson or my son can't play baseball. Just kidding.. But seriously, it eats into my profit margin.
Most importantly, shipping mishaps produce unhappy customers.
Over the years, I've learned lessons the hard way when shipping furniture. **Gosh, I wish I could just learn things the easy way**. What can I say, I'm a guy so it's sort of built into my DNA to do things the hard way by not listening and/or refusing to read instructions.
Ok - enough with my blabbering. What I'm trying to say is this: I have perfected (or so I think I have) shipping large handmade items and I want to show you my 3 best shipping methods along with packing tips for each.
As a general rule of thumb, I organize my custom furniture into 3 categories for shipping:
- Table tops up to 80″ x 45″ x 2″ (Length x Width x Thickness) and under 100 pounds.
- Large pieces of furniture with multiple pieces.
- High value, delicate items destined for a location within 400 miles of my workshop.