Moving heavy furniture is probably one of the most challenging parts of relocation. Even if you’re only transporting them to a nearby house or apartment, you need to plan for it in detail to prevent embarrassing situations, damage, and injury.
Luckily, you can easily go through with the task with help from expert furniture movers. Add to that a bit of ingenuity, and you should be able to accomplish the task scot-free. Try these eight furniture moving tips:
1. Disassemble Big Furniture Pieces
Although not all furniture pieces can be disassembled, huge ones are likely to have removable parts. For instance, you can remove the feet of some sofas or take off the back part of a recliner. Shelving on cupboards can also be disassembled.
Doing this will help you navigate tight entryways and other areas that you and your movers would need to pass through during the move. It can also make the furniture weigh less and lower the risk of accidents.
When dealing with this type of furniture, you should make sure to take it down systematically. Put all screws and attachments in a single container attach it to the bigger parts of the item.
2. Get the Right Tools
As with any other task, moving heavy furniture requires proper tools so that the task can be performed safely and efficiently. If you plan on moving them by yourself, you should at least invest in sliders that can help make pushing couches, tables, and chairs easier. Simply put it under the legs of the piece you want to move to prevent scratches on hardwood floors.
Using moving straps is also the most practical way of reducing strain when lifting couches and dressers. All you need to do is loop them underneath the piece you wish to move and place your arms through the holds before lifting it using your forearms.
3. Push and Pull, Don’t Lift
Since they are very heavy, lifting big furniture pieces like dressers and couches can be dangerous. Aside from potentially dropping it on your feet, you also risk injuring your back due to the strain of the weight (even with moving straps).
Instead, you should push or pull the objects towards the direction you want to go. Doing so will save your energy and reduce the risk of injuries. Of course, you have to remember to protect your floor before sliding the furniture by placing card boards underneath them.
4. Take Necessary Precautions to Avoid Injury
When moving big pieces of furniture, there are several things you must remember.
First, never lift with your back. This is a guaranteed injury in the making. Instead, carry the weight with your legs by lowering your knees rather than bending your waist.
You must also remember to avoid using dollies when moving objects that are taller than your chest level. Always take precautionary measures and wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, just in case.
5. Avoid Damaging Furniture, Doorways, and Floors
When moving heavy furniture, there are ways you can avoid damaging the piece as well as doorways and floors. Since there’s a good chance that you would bump into the doorframe, make sure to put door jamb protectors on it. Using moving blankets on your furniture would also help.
As mentioned earlier, furniture sliders can also prevent damage to the floor. But, if you want to save on costs, you can try a clever hack using aluminum foil to make moving furniture around easier. Simply place a piece underneath a desk’s feet, and voila! You can now move it around easily.
It is important to note, however, that this may be more effective in rooms with carpeted floors. Other items that can double as sliders are:
- Styrofoam disposable plates (for hardwood and concrete floors)
- Metal jar covers (for carpeted flooring)
- Scraps of a carpet or any thick textile (for hardwood and concrete floors)
6. Reduce the Weight of the Load
One more thing you can do to make moving furniture easier is to reduce its weight. All you need to do is to take off any removable parts (see Tip No. 1) as well as anything that is contained in it.
For example, clothes should be removed from dressers. Books need to be boxed before transporting a bookshelf. Sofas shouldn’t have throw pillows or blankets on them before the move.
7. Leave Inclines and High-Risk Areas to Professionals
Inclines and other dangerous areas of the house should be left to the experts. Remember: Gravity, paired with momentum, can cause you to lose your balance. Injuring yourself is a more costly expense compared to hiring professional movers.
8. Know When to Get Help
Honesty is always best, especially when it comes to knowing and accepting your limit in moving big furniture. If you’re moving to a new home, it is highly recommended that you get help from professional movers. Not only will they be able to take the task off your hands, but they can also accomplish it faster and more efficiently.
If you aren’t experienced in moving, researching tips and tricks from professionals should be able to help you plan and prepare for transporting heavy furniture. Of course, it is still best to get expert help, if only to eliminate expensive damage to your property and treatment for injuries.
Hafiz Zafar is the owner of Professional Movers. The company offers reliable, cost-effective and stress-free packing, storage and relocation services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other parts of the UAE region.