Furniture can be heavy and difficult to move. If you choose to ship your furniture as freight, your carrier will typically not deliver your furniture inside your home. Instead, your furniture will be shipped curb-to-curb. While some freight drivers and white glove movers will help you load and unload, others will expect you to provide all labor. Otherwise, movers will unload your furniture into the correct rooms. Here are some tips if you are moving furniture by yourself.
Tips for lifting furniture:
Your priority when lifting furniture should be staying safe and protecting the piece. Make sure to have at least two able-bodied people available to help with lifting the furniture.
- Use your legs, not your back
- Squat and lift the piece, keeping your back straight
- Keep the furniture close to your body and do not twist
- Lift the piece from the strongest point
Moving Straps and Pads
Moving straps can make do-it-yourself furniture moving both safer and easier. These furniture moving straps enable two people to life furniture much heavier than they otherwise would be able to. Furniture moving pads are also an important piece of equipment to have when moving furniture. The moving pads will protect your furniture and keep it from being scratched during the moving process.
Dos and Don’ts for Moving a Large Piece of Furniture:
Once you have the furniture out of the truck, moving it into the proper room can be tricky. Not only do you want to handle your furniture properly to protect the piece, but you also do not want to damage your floors or walls.
Protect your furniture and your home by following these few dos and don’ts for moving furniture:
- Do have a plan. Know where you are going and how to get there.
- Do remove obstacles and avoid low hanging objects, like chandeliers.
- Don’t use cotton gloves. You need to maintain a strong grip on the furniture.
- Don’t drag furniture across the floor; the vibrations can damage joints.
- Do use furniture sliders and moving straps to move pieces easily.
- Do have an extra person to “spot” you while you move.
- Don’t guesstimate. Take measurements to make sure your piece will fit.
- Do use a dolly if possible.
- Don’t rush. Take your time and stay rested.
Content Updated: April 29, 2019 – Lisa Friedrich