We move furniture all the time. It could be when you are moving or just rearranging your house. Furniture is expensive and you do not want to break them when moving them because it could take some time to repair or replace them. Besides that, some pieces of furniture like sofa or TV stand are heavy and could wreck your back, your house or the furniture itself if not handled using the appropriate method. If you have just bought a new piece of furniture from some of the best furniture stores, and you are worried about how you are going to move it from the delivery van to the house, then stop worrying. What are some of the tips for moving furniture?
Cary tall furniture high and low
Some tall pieces of furniture like shelving units, dressers, or a filing cabinet can become awkward to handle for one person because of their height. You can ask for help from someone else and make it a two-person job. Tip the furniture backward and carry the top while letting the other person carry the bottom. This will shift the furniture’s weight to the center and keeps it from falling out of your control. This will also enable you to carry the furniture more easily on the stairs because the tilted angle will match the slopes of the stairs.
Turn the chairs
If you have a large chair, it could become difficult to move it because of its size. Also, because of its size, it can be a problem to move it through door frames. You should turn the chair on its side until it makes an “L” shape and then with the help of someone else move it in a back-first motion to the doorway. And then curl the chair around the door frames and move it through.
Make the couch stand on one end
It is impossible to move a couch horizontally and make a turn in a narrow setting like a doorway. It is also difficult to maneuver a couch through a doorway. So, you should place the couch on one end and then slide it. At the door frame, you should be able to curl it through but if the couch is taller than the door frame, you could move the top away from the door frame to gain some clearance then slide it through.
Furniture carrying straps
You can use special furniture carrying straps to carry heavy furniture. The strap is strapped on your shoulders then hooked to the furniture. The lifting and moving strap relies on leverage and large muscle groups thus taking the weight off your back. This will also enable your hands to be free to help guide and navigate the weight of the furniture. These straps are good for moving furniture on flat surfaces. They can be adjusted for types of furniture of different sizes and lengths. However, you need to be extra careful when using the straps on the stairs because due to the slope, the weight of the furniture completely shifts to the person on the lower side.
Avoid dragging or sliding
When you are moving your furniture from one place to another make sure that you do not drag or push them. This will not only damage your furniture, but it can also damage your floors by scraping and scratching. When moving heavy furniture like a sofa or TV stand, ask for help and carefully lift it and move it to the desired location. You can only drag or push your furniture if they have wheels that are fitted on their legs. Alternatively, you can purchase furniture slides or make one yourself using plastic container covers, bedspreads, towels, moving blankets, and carpet remnants.
Protect the furniture
You can use moving blankets and plastic to cover and protect the furniture. This will prevent the damage of the edges and the finish of pieces of furniture like tables and dressers. For maximum protection, tightly wrap the furniture with moving blankets and then use a stretch film to secure the blanket.
As you have seen, these steps are quite easy and will enable you to move your furniture without having to worry about damages.