How To Move Heavy Or Bulky Furniture

How to move heavy furniture safely and prevent damage to your goods with rental equipment and simple techniques that work.

Moving is a word that can make strong men cringe and friends with pickup trucks forget to return your calls. But moving of heavy furniture need not be an exercise in aching back muscles or damaged goods. By following these guidelines, you can make your move a lot easier.

The first step is planning and preparation.

Rent a truck big enough to handle all your furniture. A good rule of thumb is bigger is better. It's much better to have room left over than to discover that your truck is too small to haul all of your stuff in just one or two loads. Adequate size also makes the job of hauling and positioning heavy, bulky objects much easier. Renting a truck with a hydraulic lift is essential. With a lift, you can let the truck do the work of lifting heavy objects. Inclined ramps become harder to climb the longer your move goes on.

Make sure that you have an adequate supply of pads, ropes and tie downs. Rent a furniture dolly and a heavy-duty hand truck equipped with a strap rated for 800 to 1000-pound capacity. Most of these items can be rented from the company you rented your truck. You can buy a special moving box for your mattress. Or buy some 2x2s at your home center and some duct tape. "Sandwich" one end of the mattress and tape the 2x2s together so you can carry the bulky mattress with ease. Investing in a back brace is a good idea. There is a product available that allows lifting and transport of furniture items at a low center of gravity using your arms to lift from waist level rather than bending down and lifting. And remember when do lift, bend your knees and lift with your legs, not with your back.

Next is the prep work. Place old socks on the feet of furniture to protect wood floors from damage and the feet from scratches, dents or gouges. Secure all furniture drawers and doors with tape. Be extra cautious with glass doors, panels and grandfather clock mechanisms that must be secured to prevent damage during transport. Next wrap pads around each unit and secure with a tie down strap. Some furniture will be easier to move and load into the truck using a furniture dolly without first padding the unit. Padding can be added inside the truck. Whatever is easiest for you. Make sure to label padded items with stick on labels so you know which side is front, and which contain glass doors or panels.

Next, become a loadmaster. Heavy items need to be loaded first. Make sure that the load is balanced on both sides of the truck. Be careful when using the hand truck and strap. Don't over-tighten. Use an ample supply of pads to make sure that no damage incurs from items that may move. Secure these to hooks installed on the sides of the truck. As you travel, any bump in the road will be magnified in the truck body and unsecured things will move, shift and slide. This movement causes damage not only to the unit that slides around, but to anything else it may impact.

Lighter furniture goes next. Apply pads and secure these pieces to the wall of the truck as well. Adequately pad any audio visual equipment and television screens. Items such as kitchen chairs or ottomans can be stacked on padded flat surfaces. Secure these with ropes strung across the truck body and tie them down and as an added safeguard for the overall load to prevent it from shifting forward.

Using these techniques can prevent damage to your furniture and make your move a lot easier.

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