Whether you’re relocating or just rearranging, moving heavy furniture is a big job. Use these simple techniques to move heavy, awkward items without wrecking your back, your house or the furniture. How to move heavy furniture by yourself – use your head, not your back.
1: Carry Tall Items Top and Bottom
A tall dresser, filing cabinet or shelving unit is awkward to handle. Make it a two-man job. Tip the item backward at an angle and have one person carry the top while the other carries the bottom. This centers the weight and keeps the item from swinging out of control. Transporting the item up or down stairs is easier too, since the carrying angle will roughly match the slope of the stairs.
2: “Hook” Chairs Around Doors
A large easy chair can be the opposite of easy to move. Follow the example of Aussie Moving and “hook” large chairs around doors. Turn the chair on its side so it looks like an “L” and move it back-first through the doorway. Then curl it (hook it) around the door frame and slip it through
3: Stand Couches on End
If you ever have to maneuver a couch down a hallway and through a door, you may find it almost impossible to carry it horizontally and make the turn into the room. Before you enter the hallway, place the couch on its end and slide it to the doorway. You’ll almost always be able to hook 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.
4: Shoulder Dolly or Lifting Straps
Moving and lifting straps take the weight off your back by relying on leverage and large muscle groups. They also leave your hands free to maneuver awkward items. However, they can be tricky to use on stairs because the weight shifts completely to the downhill mover.
5: Make a Mattress Strap
Trying to wrestle a heavy, floppy mattress anywhere is tough. Many mattresses have handles, but they’re not intended for carrying. They’re actually made to help you position the mattress, so they’re not very strong.
Here’s an easier way to carry a mattress: Make a simple rope strap that will give you and your helper a lot more control. Lay out strap (or forearm forklift strap) in straight line. Place mattress on top of strap leaving a little slack on both ends. Grab strap with one hand and place other hand on mattress to balance. For best results mirror image your partner.
6: Plan Where It Lands
If you’re moving to a new house, decide beforehand which furniture will go where. Before you move, sketch a floor plan with the correct measurements of each room, measure your furniture and create your layout. Then, as you move things in, you (or your helpers, if you’re not there) can place your furniture in the correct spot and not have to touch it again. To make it easy on the movers, tape a copy of the plan to the wall of each room so people can tell at a glance where things go.
7: Easy on your back and wallet
Call AUSSIE MOVING to do the heavy lifting. You’ll safe your back, furniture and money.
Aussie Moving Inc