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How to Move Heavy Furniture by Yourself?

We all have certain furniture items at home for sitting, dining, dressing and resting purposes. Some furniture pieces are hefty and hence awkward to move. When you are faced with the compulsion of moving to a new location, you need to transport your entire household to your relocation point. Among the most difficult to move items is the large and hefty furniture – large sofas, king size beds, pianos, giant bookcases, stylish dressing mirrors, and wide dining tables etc.

With the move upon you, you have two options – either hire professional movers, specialty movers or furniture movers for moving such pieces, or just pull up your sleeves to do the job by yourself. Whereas the former method means shelling a lot of money from your savings as professional moving companies come at a price, the latter option will require extra care as you lack the techniques of professional handling of such stuff. But if moving on a budget, you are bound to choose the latter. Here is how you should go for it for the sake of safety of your furniture and your own self.

1 - Dismantle Where Possible

Quite often than not, the hefty furniture is an assemblage of small movable pieces. Some dining tables come with detachable legs, beds have screws which can be unscrewed, and parts detached. Similarly, the glass part of the dressing mirror is detachable. Pack the glass separately. (Suggested reading: Practical packing hacks for easy moving). The component parts of wooden cabinets like the drawers can be easily taken out and moved separately. Hence, the first suggestion is to go for dismantling as far as possible. Detach the individual parts and pack them separately. Your moving hassles would come down remarkably.

2 - Make the Pieces Lighter by Emptying

Remove everything from the drawers and closets to make the furniture piece lighter. Just like, you are moving a large book-case, empty it by taking out all the books. The lighter the item being moved is, the easier it is to move or slide.

3 - Assess the Weight and Your Capacity

When left with the non-detachable parts only which are still heavy and voluminous, assess their weight and check if you are robust enough to slide them. If you find yourself unable to slide them by yourself, the first suggestion is: PLEASE DO NOT FORCE PUSH OR PULL BEYOND YOUR CAPACITY. There is no point of getting yourself injured or suffering jerks, which may lead to severe problems like vertebral disc issues and fractures. It is recommended to summon your family or friends for assistance. Two and two make four, they say. Much of the heavy stuff can be easily moved if you get some helping hands around.

4 - Use the Science and Art of Moving

While doing all the exercises by yourself, do not forget to apply the science and art of the moving process. Pulling is easier because you can lift a part or corner of the object being pulled. This reduces the frictional force due to lesser surface area in contact with the ground. But sometimes you need to push depending upon the situation, position and location of the object. In any case, you should:
  • Bend your knees (and not your back) while pushing or pulling.
  • Keep you back straight and, if possible, use a belt to avoid jerk to the spine.
  • Tighten your belly muscles.
  • Tilt the object a bit towards yourself while pulling.
  • Keep the track ahead clear to avoid any toppling or hitting.
  • When pulling, lean slightly to the backside to avoid all load on the spine.
  • Take smaller steps.
  • Seek medical help if some injury or jerk happens.
  • Use fitting shoes while doing the job. Never ever wear slippery footwear during such exercises as moving hefty items.
A word of caution here: If you are already suffering from any problem like a prolapsed disc or weak bones, please do not try to move heavy furniture as this might aggravate your problem.

5 - Use Shoulder Dollies and Straps

More important than the safety of your household stuff is your own safety. The above paragraphs and points have already elaborated this. Additionally, you should use shoulder dollies, belts and straps to ensure your safety and avoid any injuries. Shoulder dollies are special lifting straps that take off the load from your back. But shoulder dollies are not ideal to bring heavy stuff upstairs or downstairs as, in this case, the weight would shift entirely on the person below.

6 - Use Wheeled Devices and Dollies

There are multiple devices available today in the market which ease the ordeal of moving hefty objects. The common ones are wheeled devices, moving straps, dollies and furniture sliders. The wheels make the moving a lot easy, even fun by reducing friction considerably. You can also ask for these devices from your friends around as people often use them while moving. Or you can request anyone nearby who has undertaken the exercise of moving recently. If they have got the devices, you may borrow for your move.
If the above devices are not available, nor are you willing to buy, you can somewhat rely on DIY methods like blankets, towels, and glossy magazines to slide heavy furniture on.

7 - Ensure Safety of Floors and Carpets

One potential risk of moving heavy furniture by yourself is the possibility of damaging your floors and carpets. It is recommended to cover your floors with floor protection covers, floor runners and carpet masking sheets while sliding heavy stuff over them. Do not drag heavy furniture mercilessly over your floors and carpets. This might leave your floors dented, tiles broken, and carpets torn. If the floor and carpets covers/sheets are not available, spread blankets, newspapers, cardboard etc. on the floors and carpets to render some level of protection.

For More Elaboration, Please Refer Below Articles: wishes all its users delightful moving and advice to employ safe methods in moving. Lifting, sliding, and moving heavy furniture by yourself is challenging and requires tricks and ingenuity. The above guide should help when you are going to move your heavy furniture by yourself. For further insight, you can also go through our expert’s Moving hacks and tips for DIY moves here at Happy Moving!

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