Heavy furniture can be tricky to move, and it’s even more difficult when you’re attempting to move it alone. The last thing you want is for your new sofa to break mid-move.
1. Drag your furniture rather than lifting it
Dragging heavy upholstery furniture is a lot easier than lifting it. If you have a larger piece of furniture to move, try dragging it first.
To do this well, you’ll want to ensure that you get a good grip before pulling it. Using your hands may not be enough, so try grabbing the furniture with a towel or blanket for more friction and control.
Be sure to avoid putting too much pressure on any part of the furniture (this can damage the legs or joints), and always try to drag the furniture with a straight back and as small an arc as possible.
Finally, if you’re worried about damaging your floors when dragging furniture around, try using an old rug or even a rubber mat under the furniture for added grip and protection from scratching.
2. Invest in tools to lift your furniture
Many tools are available that will help you lift heavy furniture without causing major damage to your home or furniture.
Let’s start with dollies. These devices come in all shapes and sizes—from barely large enough to apply at a restaurant table to wide enough for an entire office desk—and they make moving heavy pieces of furniture simple and comfortable.
Dollies can also provide extra support when lifting heavier objects. This sturdy piece lets you rotate weights even while carrying them on its smooth metal frame.
For household items that aren’t likely to tip over (like lamps), there’s no reason why you should ever lift them by yourself again.
You may also buy a good pair of carpet gliders on your next payday to make it easier for anyone around you not to step in any spilled liquid or hot oil.
Plus, they’re lightweight yet tough carbon fiber with rubber pads that stop slipping easily to not scratch floors.
3. Carry tall items high and low
Tall or thin items, such as a ladder or a cabinet, should be carried upright. Don’t lay them on their sides, as this may cause injury to you or damage to the items.
Ideally, you should carry heavy tall items high and low—with somebody else taking care of the bottom ends. This will provide more stability and make lifting easier.
However, if you’re flying solo and need to transport an item on your own, be sure to support its bottom so that it doesn’t tip over while you’re carrying it.
4. Protect your furniture
The number one way to protect your furniture is using padding. Wrapping blankets, towels, clothing, and other fabrics around the item will protect it from scratches, scrapes, and dents.
Furniture sliders are small plastic discs that fit underneath each leg of the item you’re moving. These make it easier to slide the piece across a hardwood floor or carpet.
You can use straps or ropes to secure items in place while they are being moved but only if the items can withstand being tied down. A dolly will help you move them more quickly and easily than carrying them by hand.
5. Remove any items inside the furniture
You will have a much easier time lifting the furniture when you remove any contents that are not fastened down. Remove drawers, shelves, and cushions if possible.
Place smaller items in boxes, and make sure to load them into the truck first so they don’t get crushed by your heavier belongings.
Moving heavy furniture is no easy task, but these helpful tips might make your moving easier. You may also choose to hire a professional to make the job much more manageable