5 ways to move bulky furniture without pulling a muscle
Moving can be difficult and even dangerous when there are lots of heavy and bulky items to deal with. (Rawpixel image)
Moving bulky and heavy furniture is difficult and, if not done correctly, can easily result in bruises, sprains, or a muscle pull.
And that’s not all – your furniture could also be damaged.
Here are five tricks and tips to help you avoid personal injury or broken furniture.
1. Make a plan
Include details in your moving plan of where your furniture is going and how to move it there.
- Be precise. Write down from which room in the old house to which room in the new house your furniture will be transported.
- Sketch a floor plan for your new location with the correct dimensions for each room. Get exact dimensions of each piece of furniture and indicate where you want to place them in your layout to make sure they fit – no guesswork!
- Before moving furniture, remove all obstructions and avoid low-hanging objects such as chandeliers (remove them completely if possible).
- With a plan, both you and your moving company can put the furniture in the right place immediately without having to move the heavy furniture unnecessarily around the room later.
When making a note of the move, be sure to state exactly which furniture goes into which new room. (Rawpixel image)
2. Use a high-low approach to tall furniture
A large dresser or shelf is difficult to handle. So always make it a task that needs to be done by two people.
You may find that professional movers use a high-low method most of the time to carry large items. Tilt the item back at an angle and have one person carry the top while the other carries the bottom.
This will center the weight of the item. This prevents the item from getting out of hand. Carrying tall furniture in this way also makes it easier to climb and descend the stairs as it follows the angle of the stairs’ incline.
3. Protect the furniture with movable blankets and stretch film
Moving ceilings is extremely helpful in protecting the items you are moving as well as your home.
Wrap the furniture completely in movable blankets and secure them with stretch film – this will keep your coffee table edges and cabinet surfaces free from damage. It also helps prevent dents in your walls.
Movable blankets and stretch film can be easily purchased from hardware and hardware stores in Malaysia.
Otherwise, see a professional moving company to see if these are sold separately.
Stretch film can be easily purchased at hardware and hardware stores in Malaysia. (Pexels picture)
4. Buckle up
Special “furniture movement straps” can make moving DIY furniture both easier and safer.
Get adjustable lifting straps so you can wrap them around objects and people of different sizes who would do the lifting with you (or for you).
The straps are crafted in a clever design that allows two people to lift furniture that is heavier than what they could otherwise handle.
5. Or slide it
Can’t find furniture straps? You can try pushing your furniture instead. Buy pre-made “sliders” or reuse large sheets of plastic or blankets and turn them into “DIY sliders”.
Use hard plastic sliders to reduce friction, damage, and move objects across carpeted surfaces. Use padded sliders (like a blanket) to move items across hard floors.
For furniture with legs, use old carpet waste or parts of your carpet – place the small pieces of waste under each leg and off you go.
Some bulky and heavy furniture requires two people. So don’t try it alone. (Rawpixel image)
5. Always keep it safe
In addition to moving your furniture safely and damage-free, your top priority should also be to keep yourself safe and injury-free.
Have at least two extra people to help you move the furniture.
To prevent injury to yourself from lifting heavy objects, follow these tips:
- First, crouch to lift the piece while keeping your back straight.
- Use your legs to lift yourself off your heels and propel yourself up. Never lift your back.
- Always keep the furniture tight and close to you.
- Lift the piece from its strongest point.
If you think you just don’t have the muscle to do a whole movement on your own, stop before you pull a muscle.
This article first appeared in kaodim.com
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