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Tips for Moving Heavy Furniture

Tips for lifting heavy furniture

One of the most daunting tasks of moving is handling and relocating furniture, appliances, and other bulky objects. However, with the right tools and techniques, the process can become a lot safer and easier. Follow these tips for moving heavy furniture and other large items:

  1. Plan and Prepare

Before you start hauling furniture around, take a moment and complete a couple steps that will put you on the path to success:


  1. Equip Yourself

There are many tools that you can use to help you in your mission, including:


  1. Disassemble When Possible

Doing things like removing the cushions from sofas, taking the legs off tables and chairs, and removing drawers from dressers will make your furniture easier to move. Store screws and small parts in labeled bags so you don’t misplace anything.


  1. Protect Your Furniture and Home

Prevent damage to your belongings by using blankets, bubble wrap, and moving pads to protect furniture from scratches and dents while moving.

You’ll also want to take measures to protect your door frames and floors. Cardboard or plastic sheeting work great when used to shield door frames and floors while you move items through.


  1. Slide Instead of Lift

Whenever possible, slide furniture rather than lifting it. Use sliders or a piece of cardboard under the furniture to make sliding easier.


  1. Stay Safe

Moving heavy items can be dangerous. Use these tips to prevent injury:


  1. Ask for Help

Recruit family and friends to lend a hand in moving items – buy some pizza, drinks, and make it a moving party!

If a piece of furniture is too heavy or awkward to move safely, it may be worth hiring a professional mover who has the expertise and equipment to safely handle the job.


Check back regularly for more moving and storage tips to make your life easier!


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