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10 tips for heavy furniture move

Can you imagine anything more exhausting than moving furniture? And it doesn’t matter if it’s on a parallel street or on the other side of the country, it’s always extremely difficult and unsettling. 

If we do not take into account that it is better to delegate such physically difficult work to professionals, then all the same, you will not be able to do it alone either: friends, relatives, neighbors.

We have collected some recommendations that may come in handy if you still decide to move the furniture yourself.

Make a Plan

Moving isn’t always fun, so it’s smart to be as efficient as you can. The best way to do this is by planning it out. Take note of the heavy stuff first. These items usually go in the moving truck before smaller belongings and boxes. Form a game plan for the route and the order of moving the large items, including measuring tight spaces, and keep in mind how those items will be unpacked.

You’ll want to have a plan in place for unloading, too. Putting boxes and furniture in the appropriate rooms right away will keep you from doing the heavy lifting again later.

Carry Tall Items High and Low

Moving furniture such as a sofa, wardrobe, or shelving has its own peculiarity. The best way to do this is to have two people do the work. The process should be as follows: before moving the object, tilt it at an angle and center the weight.  These recommendations will also come in handy when moving furniture up the stairs, given that the angle of inclination will roughly match the inclination of the stairs.

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How to Move a Couch: Stand Couches on End

Imagine you are maneuvering a sofa in the hallway as you pass through a door. Your next move is to horizontally maneuver it and make a turn into the room. Yes, it’s almost impossible. 

But we are ready to share how we get around these difficulties. Before entering the hallway, place the sofa on its end and move it to the doorway. Even if the sofa is taller than the doorway, you will almost always successfully move your sofa this way. You can also use lumber and scaffolding boards and blocks to create a ramp for maneuvering.

Furniture Carrying Straps

Moving and lifting straps (such as the one pictured here) remove weight off your back by utilizing leverage and major muscle groups. They also free up your hands to maneuver tricky goods. However, they might be difficult to operate on stairs because the weight moves totally to the downhill mover.

Look for lifting straps that may be adjusted for different-length objects as well as different-size movers. The Forearm Forklift Lifting and Moving Straps displayed here are ideal for moving on flat terrain.

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Don’t Carry or Drag—Slide

Furniture slides come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be purchased at home improvement stores or online. You can also construct your own sliders out of plastic container covers, Frisbees, bedspreads, moving blankets, towels, and carpet scraps. For carpeting, use hard plastic sliders, and for hard flooring, use soft, padded sliders.

Buy furniture sliders. You can find appropriate-size sliders at your local hardware or home goods store. Furniture sliders will almost certainly be available at national retailers such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. If you intend to move your furniture over carpet or grass, you should invest in sliders designed for this purpose.

If you don’t have any sliders, try using Frisbees instead.

Plan Where It Will Land

If you’re relocating to a new home, plan ahead of time which furnishings will go where. Before you move, make a floor plan with the correct room measurements, measure your furniture, and plan your layout. Then, as you move things in, you (or your helpers, if you’re not there) can put your furniture in the right place without having to touch it again. Tape a copy of the plan to the wall of each room to make it easier for the movers to see where things go.

Protect Furniture With Blankets and Plastic

Moving blankets are invaluable for protecting the items you’re moving as well as your house. Sure, renting them is cheap, but you can buy several for just a few dollars more at home centers and always have them on hand. (You’ll use them for all kinds of other things too.) To prevent damaging the finish and fragile edges of dressers, tables and other furniture, wrap the items completely with moving blankets and secure the blanket with stretch film. A 20-in. x 1,500-ft. roll of stretch film costs about $20 at home centers and moving outfitters.

How To Have a Few Inches in Stock

  • Take Apart What You Can

When you’re lugging a sofa through a doorway, remember: You can always make it a few inches smaller by removing the feet. The same principle applies to any piece of furniture you need to make sleeker or lighter: Take off any and all knobs, drawers, shelves, racks and legs.

  • Remove Your Door Stop Molding

Sometimes, an extra 1/2 in. is all it takes to get through a doorway. If removing the door doesn’t open up enough space, pry off the door stop molding. That will give you another 3/4 in.

  • Take the Back Off a Recliner

Find the back brackets on the outside or inside of the back frame. Lift the locking levers on both sides (you may need to use long-nose pliers) and slide the back straight up to remove it from the recliner. Always lift a recliner from the sides, not by the back or footrest. Tie the footrest in place so it doesn’t spring open.

Inclusive Service For Your Convenience

If done wrong, you can waste a lot of time and energy. When you drag heavy or awkward objects, you can injure your back, your house, or your furniture. And it cannot be pleasant for anyone! Best Miami Movers are ready to take care of all the hassles of transportation and will move all your furniture directly to the required rooms. 

Call us immediately to get free quotes.