So, you’ve finally decided to move your home’s big stuff. Congratulations! If you’re moving to a bigger house or just revamping your old space, moving heavy furniture is an overwhelming amount of work. While it might be daunting at first, but with the right technique, you’ll get it done in no time! In this article, you’ll discover and learn seven tips on how to move your furniture without breaking it.
Tip No. 1: Secure the Area
Before you try to move a piece of furniture, no matter how small it may be, be sure there is nothing in the way. Many people get hurt because they don’t look for danger zones. A danger zone is anything that makes it hard for you to move your furniture safely. Examples of obstacles present in a danger zone include toys, shoes, boxes, or garbage that you might step on while moving things around. That being said, clean the area first to secure the transfer.
Tip No. 2: Disassemble
Before moving an object, see if it can be taken apart first. Things worth dissembling include your bed frame, headboard, or mattress. It’ll make lifting much more manageable and the overall process less complicated. You can also try taking the cushions off your couches and pulling all drawers out of the desk or dresser. This step doesn’t take long, but it will make a huge difference.
If a piece of furniture needs to have legs or other parts taken off, prepare a toolbox on hand. Proceed with dismantling it carefully. Another advantage of this method is that you can clean the inner surfaces of your furniture and organize the next step.
Tip No. 3: Make Use of a Furniture Slider.
Did you know? You can move your bulky furniture without using all your strength. No, it’s not magic or rocket science. You just need a slider. It’s basically a piece of rubber with plastic on the other side, making it easier to move furniture. With the help of this material, you can finish moving faster or transfer multiple objects at once, allowing you to complete work soon as possible. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!’
Put the sliders under each corner or leg of the furniture, and breeze through the task without breaking a sweat.
If you don’t have sliders, you can utilize other alternatives, like a carpet rug. Flip a doormat or small rug on a floor made of hardwood or tile. Place a heavy table or other furniture on top of it, and voila, slide it away!
Tip: This method should work as long as at least one edge of the sliding rug can be balanced on you while holding the rest of the rug.
Tip No. 4: Use Carrying Straps or a Dolly.
Moving and lifting straps use leverage and big muscle groups to take the weight off your back. They also free up your hands to move complex objects.
Caution: Since the weight changes totally to the downhill mover, it might be challenging to operate on stairs.
Because some things are simply too heavy to move with human effort, you’ll need mechanical aid. Even expert movers will benefit from a furniture dolly (or utility dolly). A furniture dolly is a two-wheeled, L-shaped handcart that aids in the transportation of large things. A moving company may either sell or rent one to you.
Tip No. 5: Consult a Professional.
If you are unsure about your strength or general health to manage the size and weight of big furniture, professional movers should be hired. These experts may relieve stress and provide peace of mind since they are trained in the proper ways to move big items.
Tip No. 6: Protect your Furniture.
Damaging the edges of your furniture is inevitable, especially when you get to pass through a door or a small space. Wrap dressers, tables, and other furniture thoroughly in moving blankets and fasten the blanket with stretch film to avoid damage to the finish and vulnerable edges.
Tip No. 7: Be Careful.
This might be a no-brainer, but to prevent damaging your flooring and yourself, move your furniture slowly and gently. Use correct lifting methods while pulling up furniture from the ground.
Tip: Squat down to your load, hold it close to your body, and straighten your legs to raise your furniture.
Never raise a heavy item higher than shoulder level. Additionally, make sure your gliders are correctly fastened before pushing and pulling the furniture over the flooring. Slowly move the furniture and inspect your flooring to ensure nothing is scratching them.
Ready For Your DIY Moving Experience?
With all these tips, you now have an idea of how to start your furniture moving experience. If you want to transfer furniture from one home to another effectively, consult Beefy’s Furniture for expert moving services that are affordable, tested, and proven!