How to Move Heavy Furniture
Planning on moving your furniture? No need to call in the professionals just yet. With a little bit of know-how and the right techniques and tools, you can safely move heavy furniture items without too much hassle.
The team at UpCart reached out to some veteran movers for some tips on how to move large or heavy furniture. Here’s their advice.
This one is a no-brainer. Reach out to family and friends for help. Remember the idiom “many hands make light work.” More helpers make a task easier.
Do some research
Figure out what you will be moving and where. Pay special attention to potholes, stairs, and inclines. Note where you will need to remove the molding on narrow doorways to create the extra space needed to get furniture through. Plan out where your furniture will be going, so you can pack your items in the correct order.
Gather your equipment
Here’s what you’ll need to move heavy furniture:
Heavy Duty Work Gloves
Protect your fingers and hands during the moving process with a good set of heavy duty work gloves.
Protect your hardwood and carpet floors from damage. Use furniture sliders under each leg or corner of the piece of furniture you are moving to help it slide easily across hardwood and carpet floors. You can also use moving blankets in a similar way. Both ways are much easier than lifting and carrying your furniture.
Professional tools like the Forearm Forklift Moving Straps can make moving furniture and appliances much easier and safer, reducing lifting exertion by 66%.
Moving Dolly or Hand Truck
Move the large, awkward, and heavy furniture with the use of these tools. To use a moving dolly, enlist the help of a friend and lift the furniture on top of the dolly and then you can push it around using the dolly’s wheels. For a hand truck, just slide the platform under the piece of furniture you’re trying to move, lean the furniture against the hand truck and tilt the handle toward you. Super easy. We recommend the UpCart Lift, a rugged hand truck that folds completely flat for convenient storage and can haul up to 200 lbs over uneven surfaces and stairs.
Lift items safely using proper technique
- Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.
- Bend at the knees instead of at your waist.
- Always lift with your legs and not with your back.
- Carry items close to your body.
- Don’t twist your body while lifting and carrying items.
Take apart large and heavy items of furniture
Lighten the load. Empty wardrobes and dressers you plan to move. Remove cushions from a sofa before moving it. Take the legs off of couches and chairs. This can also help you get the additional inch or two needed to fit through narrow doorways.
Moving heavy furniture doesn’t have to be painful. With the right tools and a little planning, you can save yourself a lot of time, frustration, and avoid unnecessary visits to your doctor or chiropractor. For more moving tips, please check out our other posts.