How to Move Furniture

Of all the difficulties involved in moving to a new home, perhaps none is more taxing than moving furniture. Tables, beds, wardrobes, and dressers tend to be bulky and heavy. Lifting them, even with help, can be difficult. Even once they’re off the ground they can be difficult to move around tight corners and up stairs. There are a number of considerations you need to make before you move your furniture. You need to ensure that each piece is protected from damage during the move, and that there is space in your new home for every of them. This simple guide will help you with your move by giving you some easy tips that will make moving furniture considerably less stressful.

Begin by examining a floorplan of your new home. Measure every piece of large furniture and position them as you want them in this new space. This will solve a number of problems before move-in day arrives, as you will already have a sense of where you would like your furniture placed. There are a variety of computer programs available which have been designed for this very purpose.

The next step is to disassemble what you can. Remove legs, arms, and tabletops. Keep like pieces together and store the hardware and small screws in labeled sandwich bags. This step is one of the most time-consuming, so get it done early to save yourself the hassle later. Remove all cushions from chairs and sofas and place them in large plastic bags. Garbage bags work well for this application. If you have any fine wood antiques, you should apply a surface coating of wax to protect them from scratching during the move. Don’t worry about cleaning anything at this point, as most of it will accumulate some dust and grime during the move. You can clean everything once it is where you would like it in your new home.

Be sure to enlist help when you are unpacking and moving your furniture. It is dangerous to attempt to lift heavy pieces of furniture by yourself, and it would take considerably more time to do it alone. When moving large pieces of furniture, like sofas or boxsprings, it is often helpful to tilt the piece vertically. This will make its effective horizontal length shorter, allowing you to maneuver it around corners and through doorways more easily. Move larger items first, as smaller items will take up valuable space and make navigating with items like dressers and mattresses more difficult. Take each piece to its respective room and position it as you had earlier planned. Reassemble tables, desks, and chairs. Replace all of the cushions you removed before packing. Now you can begin cleaning any dust or grime that may have been transferred to the furniture during the move.