Custom Shaker furniture shipping
 

How big? How far? Those two questions steer every shipping decision. I always try to find the safest and least expensive shipping method, but size and distance are the real decision makers. Whatever the shipping expense, I don't mark it up. You pay what it costs, period.

Custom Shaker furniture shipping  

But I'm a furniture maker, not a shipper. If I'm not absolutely sure that my packaging will be safe, I give the job to professionals.

Not too big. If it's small enough to be mailed, that's how I send it. This applies to woodenware like oval boxes, carriers, trays, sconces and sewing steps. But also to candlestands, some end tables, some kids' chairs, step stools, hanging cupboards and other modestly sized furniture. These can usually be securely packaged and safely mailed using USPS at a reasonable parcel post cost.

I bring big pieces myself within 200 miles.

A little bigger. Some medium-sized pieces such as cradles, benches, side tables and No. 4 chairs can be sent by UPS or FedEx Ground. If I can find packaging I feel good about, I'll send it that way.

Custom Shaker furniture shipping  

Big and near. If you live within 200 miles or so of New Canaan, Connecticut I will deliver a larger piece myself. I have a VW Eurovan that's big enough for most furniture, and it's well padded inside. That eliminates the need for any crating expense. I charge $1.25 per mile, based on the one-way distance. This means $250 to ship a large dresser or dining table 200 miles, and that's a bargain. Of course, you'll do have to be there when I arrive to help unload.

Custom Shaker furniture shipping

Big and far. For a large piece that travels a long distance I rely on Navis Pack & Ship, a company that specializes in what they call FLAV shipping (for Fragile, Large, Awkward, Valuable). They handle the packaging and take responsibility for its integrity. Shipping is done by their affiliates. Their rough estimate for packing and shipping a dresser or hutch to Chicago is about $550. This gets the crate to your property. A "white glove" delivery, with unpacking and placement in your home may cost another $150 or so.

Yes, that's expensive. However, my cost for building large pieces is lower than some others I've seen, so hopefully that keeps me in the running. If you can find exactly what you want closer to home, it may be a better deal.

 
 
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