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Moving heavy furniture by yourself is an arduous task. There are many things to consider when moving heavy furniture, such as where you can store it for the time between buying and selling (if applicable), how long it will take you to move all of your belongings out, and what equipment might be necessary.
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Things that you'll need to
move furniture by yourself:
Ideally, you'll want to store your furniture somewhere
not too far away from where you live (within an hour's drive). Somewhere about
an hour away or perhaps a little more is friendly enough not to be considered
right next door, but not too far as to make it difficult to travel and
transport heavy furniture with your car (especially if you're doing this
alone). If it's too close, it might be tempting for your helpers or yourself to
get the stuff between loading and unloading if they're available, but this can
cause mistakes and annoyances.
A dolly is a wheeled platform that you can muscle the heavy pieces of furniture onto. Sliders are made out of plastic, and they slide very easily along the carpet or smooth floors, but it's easy to have them unpredictably shoot across the room, so be cautious when using them.
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Use these to tie the heavy furniture down onto the
dollies. You'll need quite a number of them for larger pieces, probably at
least four or five per piece of furniture.
If you have a large armoire or a very heavy china
cabinet, you'll need to get a strong piece of specialty equipment from an as-is
store to move these pieces as they're too heavy for dollies, and it's difficult
to tie them down with ropes alone.
A third hand is simply someone who helps move and guide the piece you're working on. This can be a friend or family member who offers to help (do this only if they aren't busy and won't mind helping out) or a hired moving company. This will make moving your large, heavy furniture much easier.
You may visit our article on Best Furniture Moving Companies in the US to find helpers for you.
These are smaller than dollies but can also be used
to move furniture. Carts typically have four wheels and are meant to be pushed,
but hand trucks tend to be like a dolly with only three wheels that will roll
rather than slide across the floor.
This is a ridged dolly that has forks on the bottom of it. It's primarily used to lift and lower stacking pallets but can also be used to move heavy furniture onto your truck or another vehicle.
A winch is a heavy-duty rope that attaches to the
piece of furniture you want to move. The other end attaches to a secure object
on the ground, and as you pull on the rope with your hands or machinery, it
will lift from the ground.
A crane is used for very large objects. It consists
of a long metal arm that attaches to either side of the item you're moving. It
is then raised and lowered as needed with heavy machineries, such as a forklift
A set of 4-6 pipe dollies is recommended for larger
furniture pieces. These are similar to regular dollies, but they have three
legs at the base instead of four. They can be used on carpet but not on very
These can help to protect your items if they
accidentally get scratched or dented during the moving process. Bubble wrap
will be used over corners, legs, feet, handles, arms, etc., while clothes are
useful for protecting flat surfaces.
These can prevent scratches or dents if bubble wrap is not desired. Moving blankets are useful for wrapping up sofas, chairs, dining tables, etc.
Also See: Why you should use Moving Blankets | Tips to Rent Moving Blankets
This can be used to make a temporary cover for your furniture as you're moving it. Plastic sheeting is especially useful if the weather is not ideal (rain, snow, etc.) for moving heavy furniture.
You'll need a large number of boxes to pack up your belongings. Don't forget to label them with what's inside so you can find items easier during the moving process. Find out how to Label Moving Boxes in our article on Tips to Label Moving Boxes. Whether or not you want to use packing paper will be up to your discretion, but it may help keep breakables from getting damaged.
If you're planning on using some of the equipment
mentioned above, make sure to put them together before trying to move your
furniture. There's nothing worse than getting halfway through moving a piece
only finding out that you don't have all of the necessary equipment or pieces.
There should always be one person who has their
hard hat on and is the designated safety officer of the group. They will need
to know where all the equipment is and where it should go. A wrench may also
help tighten some of your furniture if it's wobbly or loose from being moved several
To keep moving large, heavy objects safe, it's important to have at least two people on hand for every piece of furniture that needs moving. Before you start moving your items, make sure that the area is clear and free of clutter or anything else that could get in the way if an accident were to happen.
It takes time to move heavy furniture by yourself.
A coach will take around 2 hours to move, while a TV stand could take 30
minutes, depending on how much you're willing to carry at once and where it
needs to go.
After the moving process is finished, make sure
that everything is put away in its proper place or at least stacked neatly
where it's supposed to go for the time being.
See also: Where to Buy First-Hand and Used Furniture at Affordable Price
Moving heavy furniture by yourself will be a
challenge, but it is possible. You'll need to rely on your strength and the
equipment that you have to move heavy, large objects across the room or from
one location to another. Remember that if you're having trouble moving
something by yourself, you can ask for help from friends, family members, or even
strangers who are willing to help out.
It is important to consider how you'll move your belongings before actually moving them. This will prevent you from doing the task haphazardly, thereby increasing the risk of injury and/or loss of money for professional movers.
See Also: How to Pack Heavy Items for Moving
Do I need to do anything
before moving heavy furniture by myself?
Before you start moving your items, make sure that
the area is clear and free of clutter or anything else that could get in the
way if an accident were to happen.
What should be considered when
moving heavy furniture by yourself?
It takes time and effort to move heavy furniture by
yourself, but it can save you money in the long run. If possible, try to clear
out as much space as possible before your movers arrive so that they don't have
to worry about moving extra stuff. Things like your bed, couch, and dressers
can go ahead of time.
How long does it take to move
heavy furniture by yourself?
How long it takes to move your items depends on the
number of people moving them, how much space they have to work with, and the
size/shape/weight of the pieces being moved. Remember that smaller objects will
take less time than larger ones.
Do I need help to move heavy
Depending on how big the furniture is, you may need
help to move it. Remember that if you're having trouble moving something by
yourself, you can ask for help from friends, family members, or even strangers
who are willing to help out.
What do I avoid doing when
moving heavy furniture by myself?
Avoid lifting heavy objects alone - this is where
others can help out. Remember to use the proper equipment, especially when
lifting heavy items. For example, trying to lift something while standing on a
ladder is not recommended.
How do I move heavy furniture
Clear out the area you'll be moving into or have a plan on how to get it done quickly. When lifting, remember that your legs are stronger than your back so use them as much as possible. If you're having trouble lifting something by yourself, try using a doll.
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