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Whether you are rearranging your home or relocating to a new house, moving heavy furniture is stressful. You should use the following tips when moving heavy furniture to avoid destroying your house and back:
Hook Chairs around Corners
A large easy chair, despite its name, is not that easy to move. You should follow the example of professional moving companies such as Platinum Furniture Removals when moving chairs. You need to hook large chairs around corners by turning them to the side so that they form an L-shape.
After doing this, you should move the chair back-first through the door then hook it around the doorframe. This trick will make moving large chairs that much easier.
Use Shoulder Dollies
Lifting and moving straps such as shoulder dollies will take the weight off your back by utilizing the large muscle groups. With a shoulder dolly, your hands will be free to maneuver any awkward things along the way. However, a shoulder dolly is not easy to use when climbing the stairs because the entire weight will shift to the person below.
Slide, Don’t Drag or Carry
You can find furniture slides in different shapes and sizes online and at home centers. If you do not want to spend money on sliders, you can make your own from towels, Frisbees, and bedspreads. If your floors are hard, you should use padded, soft sliders. On the other hand, if you have a carpet, hard plastic sliders are the best choice.
Make a Mattress Sling
Trying to move a floppy and heavy mattress is hard. Although most mattresses have handles, they are not meant for carrying. The handles are only for helping you to position the mattress, which means that they are not strong. To carry a mattress properly, you should make a rope sling that will allow you and your helper to have more control.
Carry Tall Furniture High Low
A tall filing cabinet or dresser can be very difficult to maneuver. You should find a helper to avoid ruining your furniture. To carry a tall item, just tip the piece backward and carry one side while your helper carries the other side. Doing so will center the weight of the furniture and keep it from swinging out of control.
Moreover, it will be easier to carry the item up and down the stairs when you have a helper. This is because the carrying angle will match the stairs slope.
Stand Couches on End
If you have ever had to move a couch down a hallway and into a door, then you know that it is almost impossible to carry it horizontally and get it into the room. Before you get to the hallway, you should turn the couch on its end then slide it into the doorway. When you carry it this way, you will be able to hook it through the door.
If your couch is a bit taller than the door when standing on end, you should move it at an angle to gain a few inches of clearance.
Protect Your Furniture
You should protect your furniture with plastic and blankets when moving. Of course, renting moving blankets is cheap, but you can use a few old pieces of clothing. To avoid damaging the fragile edges of dressers and tables, you should wrap them completely using moving blankets. You can then secure the blanket in place using stretch film.
The above furniture moving tips will protect your back and furniture. Instead of doing it alone, you should enlist the help of a few friends when moving furniture from one place to another.