Moving large furniture is a laborious task which without the right precautions, could easily turn into a dangerous affair for everyone and your precious belongings. We’re talking about strained muscles, heavy corners dropping on your foot and your furniture getting damaged. To avoid any bodily injuries and broken furniture, it is important to know what to do and how to prepare for a move with large furniture.
So we’ve got 5 tricks and tips to help you get started on moving your large and heavy furniture safely:
1. Make A Plan
Include details in your house moving plan on where each of your furniture will be going and how you will transport each of them there.
- Be specific. Write down from which room in the old house to which room in the new house your furniture should be transported.
- Sketch a floor plan for your new location with the correct measurements of each room. Get accurate dimensions of each furniture and include where you want to place them in your layout to make sure that they’ll fit- no guesstimates!
- Before moving any furniture, remove any obstacles and remember to avoid low hanging objects like chandeliers (remove it altogether if possible).
- With a plan in place, both you and your movers can place the furniture in the correct spot immediately without having to shift the heavy furniture around the room unnecessarily.
2. Apply A High-Low Method For Tall Furniture
A tall dresser or shelving unit is tricky to handle so always make it a job to be done by two people. You may notice professional movers using a high-low method to carry tall items most of the time – tip the item backward at an angle and have one person carry the top while the other carries the bottom.
This way, the weight of the item will be centred and prevents the item from swinging out of control. Carrying a tall furniture in this manner will also make going up or down the stairs easier as it follows the slant angle of the stairs.
3. Protect Furniture With Moving Blankets & Stretch Film
Moving blankets are extremely helpful for protecting the items you’re moving as well as your house. Wrap the furniture completely in moving blankets and secure with stretch film – this will keep your coffee table edges and cabinet finishings damage free! (and to prevent dents in your walls)
Moving blankets and stretch films can be easily bought at DIY shops and hardware stores in Malaysia. Otherwise find out from a professional moving company if they do sell them separately.
4. Strap Up!
Special ‘furniture moving straps’ can make DIY furniture moving both easier and safer. Get lifting straps that are adjustable, so you can fit them around different sized objects and people who would be doing the lifting with you (or for you). The straps are made in a clever design that enables two people to lift furniture that are heavier than what they can otherwise handle.
5. Or Slide ‘Em
Can’t find furniture straps? You can try sliding your furniture instead. Purchase ready-made ‘sliders’ or reuse some large plastic sheets or blankets and turn them into DIY ‘sliders’. To reduce friction and damage, use hard plastic sliders to move items across carpeted areas. For moving items across hard flooring, use padded sliders (like a blanket).
For furnitures with legs, you can use some old carpet scraps or pieces from your rug – place the small individual scrap pieces below each leg and you’re good to go.
5. Keep It Safe, All The Time
Apart from moving your furniture pieces safely and damage-free, keeping yourself safe and injury-free should also be your number one priority!
At the very least, have 2 extra people to help you with moving the furniture. Follow these tips to prevent injuries from lifting heavy items:
- Squat first to lift the piece, while keeping your back straight.
- Use your legs to lift and drive yourself up from the heels. Never lift using your back.
- Always hold the furniture firmly and close to you.
- Lift the piece from its strongest point.
If you think you just don’t have the muscle to do an entire move by yourself, stop before you pull a muscle!
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