Moving heavy furniture is a huge task, whether you’re relocating or just rearranging. Use these simple strategies to lift large, uncomfortable objects without causing damage to your back, home, or furniture. Use your arms, not your back, to move heavy furniture by yourself.
Carry Items That Are Tall the Highs and Lows
It’s challenging to move a tall dresser, filing cabinet, or shelving unit. It should be a two-person job. Hold the object backward at an angle, with one person carrying the top and the other the bottom. It’s also easier to transport the object up or downstairs because the carrying angle would approximately match the stair slope.
Chairs that ‘Hook’ Around Corners
A broad, easy chair can be challenging to navigate. Take a cue from the pros and “hook” wide chairs around corners. Turn the chair on its side to make an “L,” then drive it through the doorway backward. Then loop it around the door frame (hook it) and slide it in. How to Move a Couch: Place it on its Ends.
If you’ve ever tried to move a couch down a hallway and through a door, you’ll know how difficult it is to carry it horizontally and transform it into the room. Place the sofa on its end and slide it to the doorway before entering the corridor. Almost every time, you’ll be able to hook it through the trap.
Shoulder Dolly Furniture Carrying Straps
Moving and lifting straps (Shoulder Dolly, seen here; available at amazon.com) use strength and large muscle groups to take the weight off your back. They also free up your hands to move uncomfortable objects. However, since the weight transfers entirely to the downhill mover, they can be challenging to use on stairs.
Straps for Moving Furniture
Look for lifting straps that can be modified for various lengths of items and movers of multiple sizes. For moving on flat surfaces, the Forearm Forklift Lifting and Moving Straps showed here are ideal. These and other hump straps can be found at home centers and on the Forearm Forklift website.
Slide instead of carrying or dragging.
Furniture slides are available in a variety of shapes and sizes at home centers and online. Plastic bin covers, Frisbees, bedspreads, traveling sheets, towels, and carpet remnants can all be used to make your sliders. For carpeting, use hard plastic sliders, and for hard flooring, use fluffy padded sliders.
Blankets and plastic wrap may be used to protect furniture.
Moving blankets are essential for safeguarding your belongings as well as your home. Renting them is inexpensive, but you can purchase some for a few bucks more at home centers or on uhaul.com and have them on hand at all times. (You’ll use them for several other purposes as well.) Cover dressers, tables, and other furniture entirely in moving blankets and protect the blanket with stretch film to avoid damaging the finish and delicate edges. Stretch film comes in 20-in. x 1,500-ft. Rolls for about $20 at home centers and moving outfitters.
Create a Sling for Your Mattress
It’s challenging to move a heavy, floppy mattress anywhere. While many beds have handles, they are not designed to be carried. They’re designed to assist you in positioning the mattress, so they’re not exceptionally sturdy. Here’s a more convenient way to transport a bed: Create a simple rope sling to give you and your helper more control over the situation. The rope should be threaded through the mattress handles. To make a secure sling grip, slip a 5-in. piece of 1-in. PVC pipe over the cord ends and loop and tie each end. To get started, flip the mattress over, so the sling is on the floor.
A Box Spring Should Be Cut and Folded
Is your box spring too heavy to fit down a stairwell or around a tight turn? You can either buy a “split” box spring explicitly made for this (for several hundred dollars) or cut and fold your current box spring to match. There is a clever, easy way to cut and fold your box spring without ruining it. Remove the fabric covering (removing the staples is the most time-consuming part of the process) and put the box spring face down. Breakthrough the frame just to the middle crosspiece’s left or right (don’t cut through the crosspiece itself) by pulling back the mattress cover on either side. Do this on both sides as well as in the center. You can now move the box spring by folding it like a book, as seen. To keep it from springing open, protect it with a strap. To strengthen the center crosspiece cuts and the inside of the outer frame, screw a 1×2 around the equidistant crosspiece cuts and against the inside of the outer edge. The fabric covering should then be stapled back in place.