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Whether you’re preparing to move house or just refreshing your living space by moving furniture around your home, moving large items can be difficult. As well as the challenges presented by physically lifting heavy furniture, you also need to think about the best way to do it to avoid damaging your furniture, floors and even walls.
Below are some of our top tips to help you move things
around without damaging your belongings or home.
Lifting and carrying furniture can be difficult at the best of times, especially those items that have protruding sections, making it hard to manoeuvre without bumping or scratching the walls. The first thing you should do to make moving your furniture as easy as possible is to detach any parts that can move. For example, this may include doors, drawers and shelves in cabinets.
It’s also a good idea to remove static parts if possible as well - particularly legs and handles as these tend to stick out. And if your item of furniture can come apart further, such as a shelving unit which is really two bookcases fixed together, then take it apart. This will all make manoeuvring in tight spaces much easier.
One thing to bear in mind when you’re taking furniture apart is the balance you want to strike between making it easy to move and making it quick to put back together in the desired location. If you’re moving house, it may be easiest to take the item of furniture apart completely and rebuild it in your new home. But if you’re just getting from one room to another in the same building, it’s probably sufficient to take it apart enough that you can get it through the door easily, minimising the time needed to put it back together.
Top tip! When
taking apart furniture, make a note of which screws go where to make
reconstruction go as smoothly as possible.
Next, it’s a good idea to add some form of cushioning to
the edges and corners of your item of furniture. If the item in question is
easy to move now - i.e. it fits through a door easily - this might be as simple
as putting a dust sheet or blanket around it. This is a good idea for tables where you can take the legs off - just
make sure that you can still comfortably grip your furniture well enough to
carry it without slipping or dropping it. The protection of the cloth around
the item should prevent scratches and soften any bumps. For less easily carried
objects, you may want to use something a little more heavy duty, such as bubble
wrap or blocks of polystyrene, to shield the vulnerable points.
When you’re moving heavy objects, it can be tempting to push or drag them rather than lifting the item wholly off the floor, but this is a common way hardwood floors - and the items of furniture themselves - get scratched. It can also leave drag marks on carpet that need to be vacuumed away, and can sometimes put too much pressure on the legs of your furniture, causing them to snap or come loose. If you can’t lift an item yourself, getting someone to help you can save a lot of hassle in the long run.
It’s also a good idea to use pads or furniture coasters
in your new location to reduce the impact of touchpoints on the hardwood floor.
This is especially important for items that get moved a lot. Prime candidates
include chairs, tables, storage cubes, footrests and ottomans.
Whenever you’re lifting heavy items like furniture, it pays to be sensible. Lifting in pairs not only helps to spread the weight evenly and makes it easier to lift the item, it also makes manoeuvring less difficult. Carrying a lighter load means you can take longer to judge distances, make tight turns and adjust your grip as needed. Plus, having someone else on hand to watch your blind spots can be helpful for avoiding scratches on your walls and doorways.
On the other hand, you might consider hiring professionals to help you make the move. This is a particularly good idea if the journey is long or hard to manoeuvre. Professional movers know all the tips and tricks that make moving furniture easier. On top of that, they're also strong and capable enough to handle heavy lifting. Moving furniture is what they do every day - so they'll know the best techniques to get the job done without damaging your walls or furniture.
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