Knowledge about just how-to move desks is very important. Good desk moving technique starts with proper preparation and full desk padding. Once you have a padded desk we can then show you everything you need to know about how-to-move a desk.
When moving desks or moving secretaries the first thing that must be done is to remove and pack up all of its contents into boxes. If left in the desk these things will fly all over the place when moving a desk up / down stairs. If it's a desk with a return it must be disassembled and the hardware should be securely taped inside of one of its drawers. Then completely pad the desk and its return using tape to secure the pads tightly to each piece. Be sure to not allow the tape to touch the finish of the desk or its return so that there will be no tape residue damage.
The following picture sequence shows the how to completely pad a desk.
2 pads are draped evenly over the top and sides of the desk with some excess padding on the bottom
Notice that the padding does not fully cover the back of the desk because it won't be needed. You could also pad this desk up from the bottom if you wanted in order to fully protect it all around and its bottom. That wasn't necessary for this particular desk.
Now you fold each side squarely as shown in the 3 pictures below.
Tape each one as it gets folded.
Next, snugly tape all around the top edge a couple of times to secure the pads.
Then tape all around the desk to the middle a few times as shown in the 2 pictures below.
Next, buck and lift the desk onto its side as shown in the 4 pictures below.
Now wrap the excess padding around the desk's leg as shown in the 3 pictures below.
You can flip the desk over or just tip it a little farther to wrap the other leg in the same manner.
The last step is to tape seal the two pads so they wont slip apart during moving as shown in the 2 pictures below..
This desk is well padded and ready for transport.
How to Move a Desk (Roll-Top)
If you're moving a roll-top desk - they normally come apart into 2 pieces. So first remove the roll top section and fully pad it separately. Use bunched up newspaper packed tightly into a plastic bag and place it inside of the roll top to brace its slats so that they don't shift around and the slats won't come loose during moving. Move the desk portion of the roll top desk, as has been shown above.
If you have a desk with a broken leg, pad the top of the desk then secure the leg
Move a damaged desk upside down so that no strain is put upon the broken leg or the weakened area missing a leg.