The Importance of Covering Furniture While Painting

If you hired house painting in Livermore, CA painters before, you probably saw them covering your couches and tables as they prepared to paint the room or space you requested.

When you plan to paint a room or the entire home, proper protection should be in place to protect the furniture and any belongings you cannot remove from the area. When applying paint on your interior walls, it’s a given that some paint will drip or splatter from the brush and onto your furniture. Even professional painters can sometimes make mistakes, so they have to remove or cover furniture and other surfaces before painting.

At Custom Painting, Inc., we take great care of protecting your belongings as we paint your home. Covering furniture is easy, and you can do it by yourself. But if you’re looking for convenience, relax as our professional paint crew does the rest of the work.

Why do you need to cover furniture when painting a space?

Why do you need to cover furniture when painting a space?

Covering furniture is a part of preparing a room or building for paint. Skipping this step will result in unpleasant consequences. Here are the reasons why protecting furniture before painting is essential:

  • It prevents damage to surfaces – Paint can cause damage to surfaces, especially if left for too long. Removing paint can be a painstaking process, and you may damage your furniture if you’re not careful. Protecting your furniture by covering them can prevent this from happening.
  • It saves time and money – By protecting furniture and other surfaces in your room, you can avoid costly mistakes requiring repairs or a total do-over. Covering furniture and other surfaces may seem menial, but it can save you time and money in the long run.
  • It ensures a fast and efficient paint job – At first, covering furniture and other surfaces sounds like a waste of time, so why don’t you go straight to the painting part, right? But by protecting your furniture, you can avoid additional (and unexpected) time and expenses you would have spent dealing with the damage caused by spilled paint. With the furniture protected, you can complete your paint job faster and more efficiently.

Protecting your furniture by covering

You can move your furniture out of the house or to another room. But if that seems impossible, you may wonder how to protect them while painting your home. The best thing you can do is to hire a licensed painter near me. Professional painters won’t stumble over your furniture or stretch to paint behind a couch. They will move pieces of furniture to the center of the room and then correctly cover them with drop cloths, large sheets of paper, or plastic sheeting. They will tape the covering down to the floor if necessary to keep it stable.

Is using recycled plastic sheeting or paper covering worth it?

Professional painters would warn anyone against reusing paper or plastic coverings. If they have been used previously, such coverings will likely have rips, holes, and tears, so they won’t help protect your furniture from paint any longer. Besides, the dried paint could flake off along with dust and dirt, which will be challenging to clean up.

Canvas drop cloths, while expensive, can be used all over again. They are also washable. Most drop cloths are stiff when newly bought, requiring washing to soften them before the painters can use them. You can add your new drop cloth to hot water and regular detergent, rinse, and then hang it to dry. It will soften up as it dries.

Make you have plenty of coverings

Make you have plenty of coverings.

Planning is the key to a successful paint job, and part of this process is ensuring you have enough sheeting to protect the furniture in question adequately. So, take the time to figure out which furniture will be removed from the room and which will have to be covered.

Whether you choose canvas drop cloths, paper covers, or plastic sheeting, purchase enough to complete the job. The last thing you want is to need to run out to get the protective coverings before starting your paint job. After starting to paint, what would be even worse would be to find out that a corner of the couch or a nice table wasn’t appropriately covered and now has paint on it.

Remember the flooring, too.

Protecting your furniture is but one part of the task of painting your home. In addition to furniture, other areas also need protection, and these include the floors.

Protecting your home’s flooring properly is vital, as with furniture. By covering the floors, you’ll be able to paint high walls and ceilings with peace of mind knowing that paint will not damage the floors.

Canvas, plastic, and paper drop cloths can be slippery, mainly when laid over a bare floor (e.g., not carpeted). To protect your floors from dripping, spilling, or splattered paint, use rosin paper, a heavy-duty felt paper used to protect floors. Tape sheets of rosin paper together and then tape the perimeter to the floor. Clean your floors thoroughly before laying down the rosin paper sheets; dirt trapped underneath can lead to scratches.

Electrical plates and outlets

Electrical plates and outlets

Before you start painting, remove any electrical plates or outlets you can. Removing the covers will keep paint from accidentally getting on them. If you cannot remove them, cover them with painter’s tape to protect them. Remember to use only painter’s tape because any other type may be hard to remove or leave stickiness behind.

If you want your furniture, décor, and other surfaces in your home to be free of stains and damage but do not want to bother with protecting them by yourself, get in touch with the best residential painting companies in the Bay Area to help you in your project. Custom Painting, Inc. has more than 40 years of experience in the paint service industry in and around the Bay Area. Our team performs a quick on-site survey and provides you with a free, personalized quote.