Whether they’re made of hardwood, carpet or tile, your floors are especially susceptible to damage when moving. While I know it’s tempting to simply drag furniture items across the floor when attempting a DIY move, I strongly discourage doing so. Not only could you scratch and ruin your floors, but you could also accidentally bang up your walls and doors along the way. For these reasons, it’s particularly important to prepare for a DIY move with the right strategies, tools and supplies for moving furniture. Remember: dragging your furniture without protection is a major no-no when it comes to moving couches, chairs, desks, dressers and tables. For safer, more effective ways of moving furniture (without scratching your floors!), check out our 7 tips below.
Moving heavy furniture isn’t for the faint of heart. Unless you’re planning on moving a few small pieces, such as chairs, plant stands and end tables, I highly recommend enlisting help. Why? Because lifting and pushing heavy furniture by yourself is never a good idea. Not only could you injure your back and shoulders, but you could also end up ruining those beautiful hardwood floors. To avoid scratching the floors, enlist a few friends or family members to help with moving all of your heavy furniture. This includes beds, couches, coffee tables, desks, dining tables, large chairs, dressers, buffets and console tables. Can’t find friends to help? Try hiring a professional moving company or moving day labor professionals to assist with the loading and unloading process. These professionals are trained and experienced in moving heavy items across various types of flooring.
Take your furniture apart
Whatever you do, don’t try to move your furniture as-is. Be sure to take everything apart first. A few examples include: disassembling your bed frame, headboard and mattress; removing the cushions from the couches; and taking out all drawers inside a desk or dresser. This step doesn’t take long and will help lighten the load tremendously. If a piece of furniture requires legs or parts to be removed, you will need to make sure to have a toolbox handy. Once you’ve taken the furniture apart, moving it should be easy.
Get everything off the floor
From carpets and rugs to miscellaneous baskets and knick-knacks, make sure everything is off the floor before moving furniture. This is important for several reasons: first, the last thing you want to do is trip over something on the floor when moving heavy furniture (ouch!); second, you can’t actually move the furniture if you’re constantly bumping into things along the way; and third, you could potentially scratch your furniture in addition to your floors.
Use moving blankets, towels or cardboard
If you can find professional moving blankets to use during your move, I highly recommend doing so. These moving blankets are padded, and can be used to wrap and protect furniture when pushing or pulling them along the floor. Trust us – your hardwood floors will thank you. In addition, Moving blankets prevent walls and corners from becoming damaged during the furniture moving process. If paying for moving blankets isn’t in your budget, you can also use towels and cardboard as an alternative.
Purchase furniture sliders or gliders
After wrapping up your furnishings in moving blankets, use sliders to move the furniture. These sliders (or gliders as they’re sometimes called) can easily be found online . Sliders are special pads made of either plastic, rubber or felt that fit underneath furniture legs. Once placed underneath the furniture, you’ll be able to easily glide the item across the floor without scratching up your hardwood. Furniture sliders are perfect for couches, dressers, tables and heavy appliances.
Move your furniture slowly and carefully
Whatever you do, make sure to move your furniture slowly and carefully to avoid hurting your floors (and yourself!). If picking the furniture off the ground, be sure to use proper lifting techniques. According to WebMD, this means bending at your knees and hips to “squat down to your load, keep it close to your body, and straighten your legs to lift.” The article notes that you should never lift a heavy object above shoulder level. If you decide to push and pull the furniture across the floors, be sure your gliders are attached properly first. Move the furniture slowly and check to make sure nothing is scratching up your floors in the process. Remember: it’s not a race. While it may be tempting to load your moving truck at lightning speed, keep in mind that moving heavy furniture is serious business.
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