For some reason, my family likes to move things around the house every change of season. By moving, I mean we like arranging our furniture differently. I do not know if it’s because we believe in Feng Shui, want a change of scenery, maximize space, or because we want sunlight to pass through a different area. But in any case, those fixtures sure are heavy.
Whether they are used for storage, sleeping or displaying knick knacks, furniture is heavy to lift and can be quite the challenge. Apart from making you tired, moving furniture around can cause damage to them, the floor and your back. Moving furniture can be an easy task even without the help of professionals, you just need to do it the right way. Here are some tips for moving your furniture.
If you plan on moving furniture bigger than your dining chair, then you might need to call a friend. Moving big and heavy furniture is not a one-man job. Pushing and pulling your cabinet is not a good idea because it can damage your floor as well as your cabinet, compromising its foundation. Enlist help from your friends, prioritize those who lift, and family members who owe you a favor – they will have a hard time saying no. In addition, you don’t want to damage expensive items like your awesome life-changing 50 inch smart TV. If you are moving your furniture from one home to another, it would also be great if you could ask for help from your friend who owns a truck to assist you.
Apart from being heavy, furniture like cabinets, sofas and beds can come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes these designs adds to the difficulty of moving them because of their awkward dimension and angles.
To make things easier for you, you need to deconstruct or disassemble your furniture. By disassembling your furniture, you can easily move your things around. Make sure you have taken the cushions from your couches, drawers in your desk or cabinets, release the hinges in your bed frame and remove the bed bracket. Prep your handy tool because you might need it for this feat. Some furniture are also foldable so make sure you take advantage of that to make them easier to fit around doors and hallways.
Clear Your Floor
To protect you and your furniture from significant damage you need to keep your floor clean and decluttered. There may be some items lying in your floor that can trigger you to slip, hence, injuring you and damaging your fixture. Carpets, rugs, magazines, dust and your own personal knickknack can make you trip or slide off. In addition, this objects can slow you down because you will keep on bumping, stepping on them as you move around.
Use Sliders and Moving Blankets
To help you properly place your furniture in your desired location you need to purchase sliders or moving blankets. This items will help you in pushing and pulling your furniture with ease. In addition, they can also protect your floor, especially wooden flooring, from gaining scratches and damages.
Move Your Furniture Carefully with Proper Techniques
Move your furniture cautiously to prevent you from getting hurt and your furniture from being battered. Make sure you use proper lifting techniques when moving heavy furniture. Moving your items will require you to use your muscles and do unusual stance. From all the bending, pushing, twisting, pulling, squatting, and lifting your body is exposed to muscle sprain and spasms. Never use your waist or your back for lifting, instead put the weight in your legs Bend your knees and hips when reaching to your item, then keep it close to your body and straighten your legs to lift the item. One good rule to prevent any injury is to never lift a heavyweight furniture that is higher than your shoulder level.
Hiring a moving company may be the way to go because they will have all the resources that you will need. It takes a lot of planning, prepping, manpower, and equipment to for a successful move.