Moving furniture can be a heavy job, even if you are simply rearranging the furniture in a room. But with a few simple techniques and a high dose of precaution, you can move heavy tables, beds, shelving, and dressers without ruining your back or your furniture! It starts not by using your back, but by using your knees – and your head.
Use The Right Equipment For Heavy Furniture
Moving tools can take much of the weight off your back through the use of leverage and simple machines. Equipment like hand trucks, shoulder dollies, and lifting straps make moving a lot easier, with the added bonus of making it easy to maneuver the more awkward furniture. However, they can all be tricky on stairs, so be careful.
If you’re simply rearranging heavy furniture, don’t put your back at risk trying to lift it – get some furniture sliders, put them under the legs, and simply slide it to where you want it to go.
Stand The Couch Up On Its End In Close Quarters
If you ever have to maneuver a couch around a doorway or through a hallway, you may find it almost impossible to turn it into the room. You’ll find it much easier by placing the couch on its end and sliding it to the doorway, then hooking it through the door. If it’s a bit taller than the door opening, start the top away from the door and gain several inches of clearance.
Move “High and Low”
You should always move tall shelving, dressers, and filing cabinet with another person. When you do, make sure to tip the item backward at an angle and have one person carry the top while the other carries the bottom. This makes it easy to control the furniture by centering the weight, and you’ll find transporting the furniture on stairs becomes easier, too!
Deconstruct Heavy Furniture When Possible
After you’ve removed the books off the shelves and taken the contents out of the drawers, separate the furniture into its constituent parts. It’s an added bit of work, but the lighter you can make a piece of furniture, the easier it will be to move it. If possible, separate heavy furniture like large tables from their legs and move the sections. For furniture like drawers, remove each drawer before you move it; for bookshelves, take off the shelving. Simply put, if you can break it down, break it down.
Bend From The Knees And Hips
It’s a rule as old as moving itself – never lift with your back. It’s the perfect way to exacerbate old back injuries or create new ones, and it’s just a less efficient way of lifting. Use your legs and core rather than bend from the waist, because your thighs are much stronger and less injury-prone than your back muscles!
If the weight or size of your furniture is just too much for you to handle, consider hiring people who move heavy stuff for a living. The money you spend will be worth it when it saves you time and from damage to your furniture, your home, and your muscles. Contact us to get moving assistance today!