A heavy piece of furniture is one of the most problematic things to get out of the house and load onto a moving truck. However, you will only have a problem with your heavy furniture if you don't prepare well. The following tips should help you move your heavy furniture with ease:
Disassemble the Furniture
Any piece of furniture that can be disassembled should be transported in its different pieces. For example, you can remove the back of a recliner, take off the feet of the sofa, take off the shelves of cupboards, and so on and so forth. This will make it easy to navigate tight areas with the furniture; it will also reduce the weight of the furniture and reduce the risk of injuries.
Push and Pull the Furniture
Lifting heavy furniture is dangerous on many different levels; for example, you can drop the furniture on your feet accidentally, or you can injure your back while straining to lift it up. It is much safer, therefore, to slide the furniture by pushing or pulling it instead of lifting it up. Don't forget to protect the floor or carpet, for example, by placing a piece of cardboard under the furniture, before pushing or pulling on it.
Have the Right Gear
Moving anything heavy, be it furniture or other items, is dangerous if you don't have the right gear. Here are some of the pieces equipment and supplies that may help you move heavy furniture:
- Lifting straps such as shoulder dollies
- Fork lifts
- Sliders for moving the furniture instead of lifting it up
Protect the Furniture
Even heavy pieces of furniture have delicate corners or angles that may be damaged if not protected during the move. Therefore, protect the furniture any way you can before moving it. For example, you can wrap items up using moving blankets or plastic sheets. That way the edges of your dressers or tables will be less likely to scratch or scuff.
Empty the Furniture
Lastly, any furniture with drawers or spaces that hold other items should be emptied first before it is transported. This reduces the weight of the furniture and also reduces the risk of damage to the stored items. For example, cabinets with cutlery or kitchen equipment should be emptied first before they are moved.
Of course, you don't have to handle the move on your own. If you don't want any problem with the heavy furniture at all, hire professional movers and let them handle the work.