6 Ways To Move Heavy Furniture

December 16, 2021

When it comes to heavy furniture and attempting to move, it is extremely difficult. It’s even more frustrating when you need to move this up the stairs. Whether you are moving into a new home that has multiple levels or an apartment that may not have an elevator for you to use, you’ll need to figure out how to get furniture up there with ease. Take some measures to protect the furniture, your home, but more importantly, yourself from any injury or damage before you even begin to attempt this. Carrying these pieces upstairs with an assistant or even a dolly could be helpful and take advantage of these specialized equipment and techniques to make lifting bigger and bulkier items to get them into place easier. 

  1. Disassemble The Furniture: Taking apart any furniture that is heavy and makes it difficult to move can help you lighten the load, plus it makes things less awkward to carry. For example, if you can often remove the backs of chairs or feet from the sofa that will help knick and corners. Even taking the cushions off a couch helps make it a little lighter and easier to carry. If you have dressers or desks, take the drawers out before you move them up the stairs. 

  1. Cover Large Pieces With Blankets or Bubble Wrap: If you have any old blankets, shrink wrap, bubble wrap of a combination of these 3 things, this is essential for your big pieces of furniture. This will protect the furniture from scratches as well as keep your walls, doorways or stairs from getting nicked or holes in it. You don’t necessarily need to wrap any small ones however if you are trying to get heavy furniture, you very well will bump it into a wall or doorframe as you move it around corners.

  1. Wear Comfotable Clothing/Shoes: When it comes to moving these items, you don’t want to wear baggy clothes or clothes that are too tight. You’ll want loose clothing that you don’t mind if it tears or gets dirty in the process. Don’t forget to wear closed toe shoes to protect your feet as well as gloves to protect your hands. Gloves are important because if you are helping to carry a heavy wooden desk, it might get you splinters. 

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  1. Have Someone Assist You/ Aka Professionals: Do not attempt to carry furniture up a set of stairs on your own. Always get at least one other person to help you so you don’t get hurt or damage your furniture in the process. Even if you plan on using a dolly, make sure you have someone who is there to help spot you while you walk backwards up the stairs or make sure you don’t trip carrying something down the stairs. One way to do that is by hiring someone to assist you such as a reputable moving company like Gameday Moving Services. They come highly recommended in the Athens Georgia area for long distance moving , commercial moving, local and just labor only. 

  1. If You’re Not Sure; Always Measure: If something seems like it might be really tight, it’s a good idea to measure the furniture and the route first. For example, measure the length and width of a dresser and the weight of the stairs to decide if you need to carry the dresser straight or sideways. 

  1. Bend At Your Knees: When it comes to moving items, do not bend at your waist or lift with your back. If you are going to pick up a heavy sofa, squat down until you can grab the sofa then trust up with your legs to lift the sofa off the ground. Do not bend forward at your waist and attempt to lift the sofa with your back. This is where people get hurt. Pick it up simultaneously with a friend and count to three before you lift it up together to make it easier on both of you. 

If you need to move furniture, always take a few of these tips along with you to help everyone involved. Do not do it by yourself, measure out the furniture before you move anything, wear comfortable clothing and shoes and take your time. I hope these tips can help but if you really don’t feel comfortable or don’t want to get hurt, hire a professional to do the heavy lifting for you.

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