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Additional Tips for Moving Furniture

Below you’ll find a list of additional tricks that will make moving your bulky pieces of furniture as easy as possible.

Wrap your furniture  Remember to protect your furniture just as you would your antique vase. Moving blankets are going to be invaluable to you throughout the process not only because they can help move your furniture but also because they will protect the pieces. Look into rental options or consider purchasing some cheap moving blankets at your local home center. You’ll need to protect the finish and edges of dressers, tables, and other furniture and you can use your moving blankets to do so. Once you’ve moved your items and wrapped the moving blankets around them, use stretch film to further protect the pieces  

Sling it up – The last thing you want to do on moving day is waste time wrestling with the mattresses in your home. Some mattresses are still made with handles but are no longer meant to be carried that way. Such handles are actually intended to help you position the mattress on the box spring, so they’re not very strong. An easier way to move a mattress is to make a simple rope sling that will give you and your partner more control when moving it.

Construct a plan – When moving to a new house, try to determine ahead of time where your furniture pieces will go. Before moving day, take some time to sketch out a rough floor plan with the correct measurements of each of the rooms. Then measure your furniture and create your template. During your moving day frenzy, place your furniture in the correct spot so you don’t have to rearrange everything later. If you’ve hired a residential moving company, give them a copy of the floor plan or tape one to a wall in each room so they can determine where things go at a glance.

Remove the backs from your recliners – Any little thing you can do to make moving day go smoothly is recommended. This includes taking the backs off of your reclining furniture. To do this, locate the brackets on the inside or outside of the back frame. Then lift the locking levers and slide the back upward to remove it. Doing this extra step will reduce the weight of the piece as well as the bulkiness. You should always lift a recliner from its sides and not by the back or footrest anyway.

Disassemble the pieces that you can – When you have to get a big, bulky sofa through a doorway, remember that taking the feet off will make it much easier. Though you may only be gaining a few inches, you’re still gaining a few inches of clearance. With other furniture pieces, try to make them lighter or slimmer as best you can by taking off removable parts. Consider knobs, doors, racks, legs, mirrors, and drawers when doing so.

Prepare to ramp it up – For the heavier items, create a scaffold or ramp to maneuver items in a much easier fashion. Your muscles will thank you later that night when they’re not as exhausted as they could have been.

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