Moving furniture can be a challenging and labor-intensive task, especially if the furniture is heavy. When moving heavy loads, protecting your property, floors, and — most importantly — yourself is key. With the right tools and processes in place, moving can be a manageable task. We’ve compiled 5 effective ways to move heavy furniture safely and effectively.
Proper Techniques for Moving Heavy Furniture
1. Measure Your Space and Plan Your Move
Before shifting heavy furniture around, take the time to measure and plan your move. Ensure pieces can fit through doorways and will comfortably fit in the new space. There’s nothing worse than trying to do this last minute while you’re carrying heavy furniture. Additionally, create a floor plan to determine the best path. We highly recommend installing a heavy-duty floor protector along this path to ensure the floors don’t get scratched during this process.
2. Use Furniture Sliders
Furniture sliders help move heavy items with ease and shield the surface you’re moving furniture on from damage. Regardless of your floor type, furniture sliders are an effective tool when moving.
- Hard Surface Furniture Sliders: Surface Sleds are designed specifically to glide heavy objects across hard surfaces quickly and safely. Designed with a felt bottom to protect the floor underneath, the thick foam top keeps the heavy object in place. For additional help, use the surface sled handles that make pulling or pushing a breeze.
- Carpet Furniture Sliders: Like the hard surface sliders, Surface Shields’ Carpet Sleds are designed with a padded top to keep furniture safely in place. Carpet sleds feature a smooth backing to make movement on the carpet easy.
3. Build a Ramp
When elbow grease won’t cut it, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Building a ramp can assist in moving heavy furniture up and down stairs. To build a ramp, find sturdy planks or boards that will support and withstand the weight of not only the furniture, but the movers as well. Carefully position the ramp pieces to create a smooth incline for a controlled and steady moving process.
4. Disassemble and Reassemble Bulky Items
When strength just isn’t enough, and moving through tight spaces risks damage, disassembling furniture could work in your favor. Even if it’s as simple as removing drawers or doors, reducing the amount of weight of the item and maximizing the space to move through is key. Carefully disassemble your furniture as needed and take multiple trips. Remember to keep your screws and other hardware in a safe place to reassemble!
5. Hire professional movers to help
For big or complicated moves where safety is a concern, we recommend bringing in the professionals. Movers are equipped with the right tools and materials to move any type of furniture safely and effectively.
Conquer Heavy Furniture with Surface Shields Job Site Protection
Moving heavy furniture doesn’t have to be a hassle. Utilizing the tips above will save you time, protect your floors and furniture, and most importantly, your well-being. Explore Surface Shields’ full catalog for total job site protection.