Moving bulky furniture: how to do it right

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Going through a relocation, you will soon find out that there is a need to be moving bulky furniture around. This is an integral part of the relocation process and most people simply hire Florida movers to do it for them. However, you can accomplish the same thing on your own, if you but follow a few simple guidelines. In this article, we will be talking about how to properly move your bulky furniture and ensure a smooth process.

Moving bulky furniture: Tips and tricks

Without further ado, here is what you will want to consider/do when moving these items:

  • Don’t do it alone
  • Clear the route
  • Protect the walls and doors
  • Utilize furniture sliders
  • Protect yourself
  • Get a dolly
  • Use the “L” method for moving chairs through doors
  • Disassemble as much as you can
  • Carry your items the right way
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With these guidelines, you will have a safe and efficient process!

Of course, if your belongings are extremely valuable, you might want to contact professional movers to help you with the task. Interstate movers Florida will ensure that your furniture pieces arrive in their original condition. They will also be able to provide you with expert moving advice and make the entire relocation process a lot easier. But if you can afford to undertake the process on your own, here’s how:

Don’t do it alone

The first thing to note is that, well, you will not be doing everything on your own after all. You are going to need some help moving bulky furniture, and that is a fact. Even if you are strong enough to lift and carry every item on your own, there is the bulk to consider. It is a two-person job at least. In fact, most residential moving requires more than a single person. That is why a minimal moving crew consists of two movers. Ideally, you will have 4 people around, just in case, but you can manage with two.

Clear the route

The most important piece of advice that we can give is to always clear the route your items will be taking. While carrying, you will not be able to look down, most of the time, and you need to know that the path is clear. Before you lift a single item, make sure that the path to the moving truck is without any obstructions. Most moving injuries happen due to someone not seeing something on the floor, after all.

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Keep the pathways pristine, at all times!

Moving bulky furniture – Protect the walls and doors

While you are clearing the route, you may want to pay special attention to the walls and doors in the way. It is all too common to brush the wall or a doorframe while relocating a heavy furniture piece. What you want to do is protect the walls and doors with some moving blankets, quilted pads, or similar. You can purchase them separately, or as part of packing services if you hire them. For further safety, you can even remove the molding on the doorway if you want to have an easier time of it.

Utilize furniture sliders

Furniture sliders are a great way to ensure that your floors do not get scratched or damaged during relocation. Simply slip them under your furniture pieces before you start moving them. You can even leave them on even after the relocation. At least until you finalize the new layout, that is.

Protect yourself

You need to always pay attention to your own protection, as well. Invest in some protective gear for added safety, it may save you a world of trouble. At least consider purchasing heavy work gloves, as you will be doing a lot with your fingers. But the more protection you acquire, the better. Obviously, you should have a set for whoever is helping you relocate, as well.

Get a dolly when moving bulky furniture

A dolly will be of immense help when relocating some furniture items, as well as other large, heavy, objects such as dryers or washing machines. Having a dolly around is useful for all manner of things, actually, so you might want to invest in a quality one. You will be using it for years and years, after all.

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A moving dolly is an invaluable piece of equipment.

Use the “L” method for moving chairs through doors

If you have some large chairs that you need to navigate through a doorway, you can always use the “L” method. The principle is really simple, what you want to do is turn the chair (or another similar piece) to the side first. Then you are going to place the long end of the “L” shape through the doorway. Finally, you just need to rotate the item and it will go through! Simple and effective!

Disassemble as much as you can

But there are some furniture pieces that are literally impossible to transport if you do not disassemble them first. In fact, you should do so with any furniture that you can. If you can easily remove a part from your furniture piece (and easily attach it later on), you should do it. At the very least, you will want to take off the legs from couches and chairs. That will make it a lot easier to move them through doorways. It may be worth your while to contact disassembly professionals if you have particularly valuable pieces. By disassembling them properly, you will be able to provide these items with a greater degree of protection.

Use proper lifting and carrying techniques

Lastly, when it comes to actually lift and carry the items around, you need to make sure to utilize proper lifting techniques. To start with, you are going to need to constantly remind yourself to lift with your legs and not with your back and to bend at the knees, not at the waist. While most of us know the drill by now, the fact of the matter is that lifting with our back and waist just seems more natural. But it is very dangerous and you need to be on alert at all times. All it takes is a moment of inattention and you might suffer a moving injury. Don’t let it get to that, stay vigilant when moving bulky furniture, and everything will be fine.